Faculty Profile

H. Rafael Chacon

H. Rafael Chacon

Suzanne and Bruce Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture andProfessor; Art History and Criticism

Email: rafael.chacon@mso.umt.edu
Office: FA 305B
Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday,11-12 AM.

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Professor and Division Coordinator

Art History and Criticism


Ph.D with honors, University of Chicago, Illinois, 1995
M.A., University of Chicago, Illinois, 1987
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Wabash College, Indiana, 1985

Field of Study

Art History and Criticism

Architectural History

Historic Preservation

Art Beyond the European Perspective

Museum Studies


2016, Captain William Driver Award for the Top Paper Presented at a Conference, North American Vexillological Association

         Sabbatical Award

2014, Named one of ten "Five-Star Smithsonian Journey Experts"

         Merit Award

2013, TEDx Talk, University of Montana

         Opportunity Grant, Humanities Montana

2012, Mini-sabbatical Award

2010, Merit Award

2009, Research Grant, Missoulan Historic Preservation Office

         Sabbatical Award

2008, Merit Award

2007, Dorothy Ogg Award for Individual Contributions to Historic Preservation

2005, Research Grant, National Park Service


Specialized Skills

Fluent in English and Spanish

Reading knowledge in French, German, Italian, Latin, and Portuguese

Teaching Experience


1994-present, University of Montana, Professor of Art History and Criticism

1992-1994, Wabash College, Owen Duston Instructor of Art

International Experience

2015, 2012, and 2010, Guest Lecturer, Vienna Program, School of Music

2011-present, Smithsonian Journeys Expert, lectures in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, and Spain

2011, lectured at 6th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

2010, Guest Lecturer, Jan Evangelista Purkyné University, Ustí nad Labem, Czech Republic