Mark A. Cheetham is Professor of Art History and a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He is the principal investigator for CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training), funded by a three-year Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Cheetham holds a PhD in the History of Art, University College London, and an MA in Philosophy, University of Toronto. He held positions at McGill University and the University of Western Ontario before coming to the University of Toronto in 2000. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008.
Cheetham has published extensively on Canadian, European, and American art theory, art, and visual culture from 1700 to the present and is active as a curator of Canadian art. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Fellowship, a Connaught Research Fellowship, and a Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship in the Humanities from the University of Toronto, several SSHRC research grants, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Western Ontario), and the Northrop Frye Award for teaching (University of Toronto). In 2006 he received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association of America. He has received two awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for curatorial work: in 2008 the long essay award, and in 2011 the exhibition of the year award for his co-curated exhibition Jack Chambers: The light from the darkness, silver paintings and film work.
Cheetham’s recent books include Abstract Art against Autonomy: Infection, Resistance, and Cure since the 60s (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Artwriting, Nation, and Cosmopolitanism in Britain: The “Englishness” of English Art Theory since the Eighteenth Century (Ashgate, 2012); and a second edition of Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Canadian Art, 1970–1990 (Oxford University Press, 2012).