Dr. Bryan Zygmont


About Dr. Bryan Zygmont

Dr. Bryan J. Zygmont is Contributing Editor for American Art. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland in 2006. He is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Zygmont is the author of Portraiture and Politics in New York City, 1790-1825: Gilbert Stuart, John Vanderlyn, John Trumbull, and John Welsey Jarvis, a book he partially wrote while a Visiting Scholar at the National Portrait Gallery. Zygmont was a Fulbright Scholar in 2013.


John Trumbull, Declaration of Independence, 1819, oil on canvas, 366 x 549 cm (Rotunda U.S. Capitol)
The American Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, and the birth of the two-party system, the second half of the 18th century was a pivotal period in American history.

1754 – 1800: Revolutionary War and ...



Thomas Eakins, The Agnew Clinic, 1889, oil on canvas, 214 cm × 300 cm (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
From the silver used to make colonial sugar bowls to the steel used in submarines—how work, exchange, and technology have shaped the United States.

Work, exchange, and technology


Titus Kaphar, The Cost of Removal
From the humble taproom to national television, political parties have vied for power since the 18th century.

Politics and power
















The phrase "We the People" may be only three words, but it is a complicated and ever-shifting expression.

National identity