Dinah J. Ryan

Associate Professor of English
Department Chair
MFA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
BA, Principia College

Embracing a cross-disciplinary professional practice, Dinah Ryan is a fiction writer, critic of contemporary art and visual culture, and an independent curator. Since 1992 she has been a contributing editor for Art Papers Magazine. Her criticism and art writing appears in Art Papers, Sculpture, ARTlies, and other journals. In 2011, she co-curated The Nameless Hour: Places of Reverie, Paths of Reflection for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery. She has been a visiting critic at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio, TX, at SUNY-Fredonia in Fredonia, NY, and a panelist and speaker for numerous venues. She has been a fiction Fellow four times at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, including an upcoming residency in April 2012. 

Professor Ryan has taught in the MFA program in the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, in the English and Art Departments at Mary Baldwin College, and at Washington and Lee University, where she was the Director of Staniar Gallery. On the faculty at Principia College, she developed and instituted the track in Creative Writing in the English major. In addition to teaching the fiction writing sequence in the English Department, she teaches modernist and contemporary literature, the Gothic novel, Southern literature, the literature of conflict, and critical theory as a creative practice. In addition, she directs a creative writing and studio art abroad to Prague and the Czech Republic.

Professor Ryan is a member of:

  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • College Art Association