Ori Soltes

Dr. Ori Z. Soltes is A Professor of Art History, Theology, Philosophy, and Politics at Georgetown University.

The former director and curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, DC, he earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Haverford College, his M.A. in Classics from Princeton, and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University. He is the author of nearly 300 articles, exhibition catalogues, essays, and books, and is the writer, director, and narrator of more than 30 documentary videos. Among his books relating to art are Fixing the World: Jewish American Painters in the Twentieth Century; Our Sacred Signs: How Christian, Jewish and Muslim Art Draw from the Same
Source; The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; and Between Pasts and Future: A Conceptual History of Israeli Art. Soltes has taught and lectured in more than 20 universities and museums nationally on subjects ranging from Symbols of Faith: Art as an Instrument of Addressing God to The Body in Ancient Art. Throughout the United States and overseas, he has guest-curated exhibitions that have focused on diverse aspects of Western art throughout the ages and art from across the world.