Maria Buszek

Associate Professor
  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Maria Elena Buszek, Ph.D. is a scholar, critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado Denver, where she teaches courses on Modern and contemporary art and design.

Her recent publications include the books "Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture" and "Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art"; contributions to the anthologies "Punkademics: The Basement Show in the Ivory Tower" and "Design History Beyond the Canon"; catalogue essays for numerous international exhibitions; and articles and criticism in such journals as Art in America, Art Journal, Flash Art, and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. With Hilary Robinson, she edited the 2019 anthology of new writing, "A Companion to Feminist Art." She has also been a regular contributor to the popular feminist magazine BUST since 1999. Her current book project, "Art of Noise", explores the ties between contemporary feminist art and popular music.

Dr. Buszek is also a prolific independent curator, who has previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her most recent exhibitions include "Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium" (with Raven Chacon and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, 2019) and "Danger Came Smiling: Feminist Artists and Popular Music" (2016).

Areas of Expertise

Art History
Modern and contemporary art

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Kansas
MA;  History of Art
Ph.D.; History of Art

Creighton University
BA;  Art History and Mass Communications


The College of Arts and Media (CAM) has recognized Maria Elena Buszek's contributions to CAM with its Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty Research and Creative Work Award, and Faculty Service Award, as well as myriad research and professional-development grants. In 2020 the University of Colorado Denver honored Buszek as a finalist for its Distinguished Faculty Lectureship. Her published work has been recognized by awards from the Arts Libraries Society of North America, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, and in 2019 with the Bensussen Distinguished Arts Scholar award from Chapman University. Buszek's research has been supported by grants from the Getty Research Institute, Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. Her work on the CU Denver campus has been supported by grants from the President's Fund for the Humanities, CUDenver Live!, President's Diversity Grant, and CU Denver Community of Practice Grant.