Randy J. Ploog

Dr. Randy Ploog
Dr. Randy Ploog

Coordinator of International Programs

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History


104H Borland Building
(814) 865-7317


  • Ph.D. in art history (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • M.A. in art history (University of Iowa)
  • B.A. in art (University of Northern Iowa)

Specialty Area: 

Twentieth-Century American and European Art


Dr. Ploog specializes in early twentieth-century American and European art, especially Dada and Surrealism. He first came to Penn State as a curator in the Palmer Museum of Art, where he curated exhibitions of drawings by Benjamin West, paintings by Emile Nolde, and paintings and prints by Florence Putterman, among others. Prior to coming to Penn State in 1986, he curated an exhibition from the collection of Herb and Dorothy Vogel. For the last fifteen years, Dr. Ploog’s research has concentrated on Manierre Dawson. He has contributed essays for two exhibition catalogues published by the Hollis Taggart Galleries of New York and Chicago, and an article for Blockpoints (the annual journal and report of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University). He was the lead author of Manierre Dawson (1887–1969): A Catalogue Raisonné, published in 2011. He has lectured on Dawson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), West Shore Community College (Ludington, Michigan), the Newberry Library (Chicago), the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, Italy), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.).