Visiting Art Historian Program

Recognizing the importance of a diverse range of scholarly voices within the art history curriculum, the department hosts a Visiting Art Historian each academic year. The Visiting Art Historian Program is designed to enhance the student experience, thus interaction with students is an important component.

In 2015 the department welcomed Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson as visiting art historian. Anna is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. She specializes in African American, Caribbean and British Art with an emphasis on histories of race, empire and transatlantic visual culture in the long nineteenth century. Her current book project, Threads of Empire: The Visual Economy of Cotton in the Atlantic Ocean World 1830-1900 uses the visual and material culture of the nineteenth-century cotton trade as a paradigm to untangle historical constructions of global connection, and their reappearance in contemporary art of the Black Diaspora. Her work has been supported by several fellowships including from the Huntington Library, The Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson presented Portraiture, Beyond The Margins.
This lecture drew on new work that focuses on interpretations of canonical portraiture by artists such as Barkley L Hendricks and Elizabeth Colomba. Professor Arabindan-Kesson's talk will consider the ways that these artists reference, and reconceptualize, the genre in response to histories of sartorial style and self-making in the Black diaspora.


In the fall of 2013 we welcomed artist and art historian, Roman Verostko. Born in Tarrs, a coal mining region of Western Pennsylvania, Verostko first studied illustration at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After graduating, Verostko took up philosophy at St Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, before entering the seminary to study theology, eventually becoming a Benedictine monk. Before leaving monastic life, Verostko travelled and studied widely and completed monastic assignments that included writing on art and architecture for the New Catholic Encyclopedia. Verostko completed graduate work in art history at Columbia & NYU and has published widely. Since 1968, Verostko has taught world art courses at Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) and was also a visiting Professor at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art, (now known as the China Academy of Art ), Hangzhou, PRC.

For the spring 2012 semester, Dr. Robin O'Bryan, an independent scholar from Boiling Springs, Pa., visited campus. She taught Western Art II (Art 114) in place of Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of art history, who was on sabbatical. O'Bryan holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia, and wrote her dissertation on The Grotesque in Medici Taste and Patronage. She also presented her recent work on "Dwarfs in Italian Renaissance Art and Culture."


During the Spring 2011 semester, Australian art historian Dr. Ian McLean visited campus for five days to lecture on his own writing and work individually with several students conducting independent research under the direction of Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of art history. McLean is a leading authority on the indigenous artists of Australia, and his scholarly work includes the book How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art: A Documentary History, 1980-2006.