David Sokol is Professor Emeritus of Art History at UIC and taught at
several other colleges before joining the faculty at UIC in 1971,
teaching courses in American Art, Museology, and a team-taught course
on Historic Preservation. He chaired the department for seventeen
years and spent one year chairing both the Art History Department and,
concurrently, the Department of Performing Arts. Sokol has been a
visiting faculty member at several colleges throughout the country.
In addition to serving as the first curator of Terra Museum of
American Art and as interim director of both the Terra and Spertus
museums, he has curated exhibitions throughout the country and in
Germany, and authored a Master Plan for Public Art for Michigan City,
Indiana. More recently, he curated a traveling exhibitions on the
Illinois landscape artist, Harold Gregor, and one on Leon and Sadie
Garland of Hull-House.
He was the series editor for Cambridge Monographs on American Artists,
the co-author of AMERICAN ART, and has written numerous exhibition
catalogues, and many reviews in scholarly journals. Other books
include: OTTO NEUMANN: HIS LIFE AND WORK, THE NOBLE ROOM [ a monograph
on Wright’s Unity Temple], and OAK PARK: THE EVOLUTION OF A VILLAGE.
Professional Service includes the presidency of the American Culture
Association, chairing the Professional Practices Committee of the
College Art Association, and a just completed second term chairing the
CAA’s committee selecting the best art book of the year.
Sokol has served a term as an elected member of the Oak Park Village
Board and the Library Board, several terms on Oak Park’s Historic
Preservation Commission, Plan Commission, and as Chairperson of the
Public Art Commission.
He currently serves on the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission
and is a past member of the Board of the Illinois State Museum.