Evan Gatti

Associate Professor of Art History
Global Commons 213
2675 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
egatti@elon.edu (336) 278-5723

Brief Biography

Evan A. Gatti, associate professor, specializes in medieval art. Gatti recently co-authored an annotated bibliography on Medieval Italian Art for Oxford Bibliographies and was co-editor of an interdisciplinary collection of essays entitled Envisioning the Medieval Bishop: Images and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages (Turnhout: 2014). She has authored several essays on the art and culture of medieval bishops, including a contribution to Envisioning the BishopSaintly Bishops and Bishops Saints (Zagreb: 2012), as well as a special issue of Peregrinations devoted to Ottonian art for use in the undergraduate classroom. Gatti has presented papers nationally and internationally on the relationships between ritual, performance, pilgrimage and art in a religious context. In 2009, Gatti received the Elon College Excellence in Service/Leadership award and in 2012, Gatti received the Student Government Association's Gerald F. Francis Award for Outstanding Faculty Member

Education

Ph.D. Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005 
Dissertation: Developing an Iconography of the Episcopacy: Liturgical Portraiture and Episcopal Politics in Late Tenth- and Early Eleventh-Century Manuscripts 

M.A. Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
Thesis: Reading the Heavens: An Eschatological Interpretation of the Signs of the Zodiac and the Ascension of Christ on the Quedlinburg Portable Altar.

B.A. Art History and Studio Art, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1994

Studies Abroad Program in Art and Art History, University of Georgia at Cortona, Italy, 1993

Employment History

Associate Professor, Elon University, 2012-present
Assistant Professor, Elon University, 2006 - 2012
Adjunct Professor, Elon University, 2005-2006
Full-Time Instructor in Art, Furman University, 2003-2004
Part-Time Instructor in Art, Furman University, 2001-2002, 2002-2003
Kress Intern, North Carolina Museum of Art, 2000-2001
Gallery Director, Coleman Fine Art and Restoration, Charleston, South Carolina, 1995-1996

Courses Taught

Classes taught regularly:
Art History I: Gods & Emperors:
Art History II: Cathedrals to Conquest: 
Italy's Heritage: Past is Present (taught abroad) 
Methodologies of Art History
Senior Seminar in Art HIstory

Special Topics Courses:
Patronage & Plunder: The Politics of Collecting 
Current Controversies in Feminism (Women’s & Gender Studies capstone)
Ornament & Idolatry: Arts and the Islamic World 
African Art: History & Exhibition
Contact & Conflict: Arts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam 

Courses Taught Previously: 
Art & History: Prehistory to the Middle Ages (Fall 2005-Spring 2007, Elon University)
Art & History: Renaissance to Contemporary ( Fall 2005, Elon University)
Non-Western Art & History (Spring 2006, Elon University)
The History and Appreciation of Western Art (taught regularly at Furman University) 
Arts of the Ancient World (Fall 2003, Furman University)
African and Pre-Columbian Art (Spring 2003, Furman University) 
Arts of the Medieval World (Spring 2004, Furman University) 
Art Criticism and Theory (Winter 2004, Furman University) 
Celtic Art and Cultures (Summer 2000. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 
Art from Prehistory to the Renaissance - Online (Spring 1999. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Publications

Books

In Preparation

From Aquileia to Aosta: Bishops on the Border and the Image In Between

Books - Chapters

In Preparation

co-authored with Eliza Garrison, "A Reliquary Revisited: The St. Servatius Casket and its Contexts" commissioned for a collection of essays on the the town of Quedlinburg to be published by Brill, estimated publication date 2018. 

2014

Co-written with Sigrid Danielson, “Introduction,” in Envisioning the Bishop: Image and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages, Medieval Church Studies, 29, ed. by Sigrid Danielson and Evan A. Gatti (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 1-12.

“The Ordo Missae of Warmund of Ivrea: A Bishop’s ‘Two Bodies’ and the Image In Between,” in Envisioning the Bishop: Image and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages, Medieval Church Studies, 29, ed. by Sigrid Danielson and Evan A. Gatti (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 181-214.

2012

“In the Apse or In Between: The Benedictional of Engilmar and Traditions of Episcopal Patronage in the Apse at Porec,” in Saintly Bishops and Bishops' Saints (Bibliotheca Hagiotheca II), ed. by Trpimir Vedriš and John S. Ott, Zagreb, Hagiotheca-Humaniora, 2012, pp. 137-168.

2007

“Building the Body of the Church: A Bishop's Blessing in the Benedictional of Engilmar of Parenzo,” The Bishop Re-formed : Studies in Episcopal Power and Culture in the Central Middle Ages, (Church, Faith, and Culture in the Medieval West), ed. by John S. Ott and Anna E. Trumbore, Burlington, Vermont, Ashgate, 92-121.

Books- Edited Volume

Co-edited with Sigrid Danielson, Envisioning the Bishop: Image and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages, Medieval Church Studies, 29, ed. by Sigrid Danielson and Evan A. Gatti (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014).

Journals - Articles

2010

"In a Space Between: Warmund of Ivrea and the Problem of (Italian) Ottonian Art” Peregrinations: A Journal for the International Society for the Study of Pilgrimage Art, 3

2000

Reviving the Relic: An Investigation of the Form and Function of the Reliquary of St. Servatius, Quedlinburg,” The Athanor, XVIII, 7-15.

Journal – Edited Issue

2010

Guest editor, Peregrinations: A Journal for the International Society for the Study of Pilgrimage Art, 3.

Encyclopedia Entries

Sigrid Danielson and Evan A. Gatti, “Art in Italy”. Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, ed. by Paul E. Szarmach, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 

Reviews

2003

“In Transition, Sabbatical Work: New Ceramic Vessels and Monotypes” Carolina Arts Online, November 2003.

Presentations

Academic Papers Presented
“At the Millennium: Henry II and his Bishops from 1014 to 2014,” in Henry II and his Bishops sponsored by Episcopus: Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages and Conventus: Problems of Religious Communal Life in the High Middle Ages, Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis.

“The Vercelli Roll: The No-Thing That It Is and the Thing It Might Be,” in No/Thing: Medieval Art and Apophasis at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2014.

“Episcopus ‘al Fresco’: Episcopal Iconography in the Painted Programs of Northern Italy at the turn the Millennium,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 2013.

“From Aquileia to Aosta: An Art of Northern Italy or Bishops at the Borders,” International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10, 2012.

“The Bishop’s Two Bodies,” The Midwest Art History Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 15, 2011.

“Magnani, Morandi & Medieval ‘Modernism’,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Richmond, Virginia, October 20, 2010.

“A Bishop’s Blessing on the Border or In-between: The Frontispiece in the Benedictional of Engilmar,” Hagiotheca: Saintly Bishops and Bishops' Saints in Porec, CroatiaMay 27-30, 2010.

“Images on the Edge and About the Center: “Ottonian” Art in Northern Italy” International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13, 2010.

"In a Space Between: Fragmentary Frescoes at Aosta and the Problem of the Middle Ages" 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies on in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11, 2008.

“A Romanesque Church with a Roman Floor, Ottonian Murals and a Baroque Ceiling?  Mixed Messages and Modern Meanings at Aosta,” 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10, 2007.

"Space and Spirituality: Public and Private Aspects of Liturgical Celebration," Southeastern College Art Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 28, 2005.

“Episcopal Sanctity and Earthly Authority: A Study in Liturgical Portraiture from Saints' Lives to Sacramentaries,” The International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 16, 2003.

“Act and Ideology: Liturgical Performance and Episcopal Politics in Medieval Dedication Miniatures,” The 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 9, 2003.

“Episcopal Authorities in Liturgical Portraiture from Ottonian Manuscript Illumination,” North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (sponsored jointly by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 23, 2002.

“Portraiture as Politics in the Sacramentary of Warmundus d'Ivrea," Southeastern College Art Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, October 26, 2001.

"Reading the Heavens: An Eschatological Interpretation of the Signs of the Zodiac and the Ascension of Christ on the Quedlinburg Portable Altar," The Graduate Student Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, March 27, 1998. (Received Gunther P. Stamm Azward for outstanding paper.) 

Session Organizer / Moderator / Respondent

“Image and Episcopacy: The Art of the Bishop" International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13, 2011, organizer.

“Iconography of the Episcopacy: Bishops and/in the Image,” with Diane J. Reilly, Indiana University, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 13, 2009, respondent.

“Codex, Church, and Charter: Bishops as Patrons in the Middle Ages,” International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 9, 2009, moderator.

Session Co-Chair, “Architecture’s Narrative: Spaces and the Stories they Tell,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October, 25-28, 2006, co-organizer.

“A Roundtable Discussion on Gender in the Visual Arts,” ACS Women's/Gender Studies Conference, March 26-27th, Furman University, 2004, session chair and moderator.

Invited Lectures

"From Aquileia to Aosta: A North Italian Painting at the turn of the Millennium?," Visiting Artist Series, SUNY Plattsburgh, October 4, 2012.

“Medieval Secrets in Modern Italy,” guest lecture, Greenville, South Carolina for Elon University’s Board of Visitors, November 1, 2008. 

"Lost in the Attic: Medieval Frescoes from Northern Italy,” Family Weekend at Elon University, September 27, 2008.

"An Iconography of Episcopacy in late Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Manuscripts," Invited lecture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, April 20, 2005.

“Ecclesia and the Episcopacy: Liturgical Politics and the Portraiture of Sigebert of Minden,” Middle Atlantic Symposium, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004.

“A Journey into Xibalba: The Meso-American Ballgame,” Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina.

Pedagogy Presentations

“More Than a Medievalist: Teaching the General while Writing the Specific”, International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14, 2011.

“Slide Projector, Data Projector, ARTstor, and More?: Rethinking Pedagogical Practice and Technology Talk” (co-Presenter with Todd A. Nicolet), Teaching and Transformation: Transforming students, transforming campuses, transforming ourselves (Innovation in Instruction Conference) Elon University, North Carolina, August 16, 2007.

"Seeing and Believing: Looking at Religious Art from the Medieval to the Early Modern Era," North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, January 22, 2001 (presentation to museum docents)

Service Activities

Branch Director for the Arts & Humanities, Elon College Fellows, 2011-present
Center for the Study of Religion and Culture Advisory Board, 2013-2014
Italian Studies Advisory Board, 2013-2014
German Studies Executive Board, 2012-2013
Classical Studies Committee, 2006-2013
Art & Humanities Curriculum Committee, 2011
General Studies Review Committee, 2009-2011
Chair, subcommittee for amendments to the teacher-scholar statement, appointed by Academic Council, 2008-2009
Search Committee, Executive Director of Cultural Programs and Academic Events, 2008
Co-Chair, Chair, Visual Culture Group, 2008-2011
General Studies Council, 2007-2010
Presidential Task Force for Scholarship, 2007-2009
Middle Eastern Studies Board, 2007-2011
Women’s and Gender Studies Board, 2007-2011
Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Photography, 2006-2007
Coordinator, Elon Art Collections, 2006-2010
Design and maintenance of the website for “Episcopus: A Society for the Study of Episcopal Power and
Culture in the Middle Ages”, 2004-2005