The art history faculty are active researchers who believe in the importance of student responsibility. Art history majors will be challenged to build intellectual muscles in classrooms led by professionals who are up-to-date in their knowledge and pedagogies.
Kirstin Ringelberg, professor, specializes in modern and contemporary art and visual culture. Ringelberg recently published Redefining Gender in American Impressionist Studio Painting: Work Place/Domestic Space and has authored numerous essays on topics ranging from the gendering of artists' studios, to the influence of contemporary art in popular culture, to the tension between beauty and criticality. They have also published and presented nationally and internationally on how contemporary Japanese artists represent pain and cuteness. In 2008, Ringelberg received the Elon College Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2013, Ringelberg received the Elon College Excellence in Service/Leadership award. They also received the university's only full-year, full-pay sabbatical for 2016-2017.
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 Bishop, Saintly 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.
Holly R. Silvers is a visiting assistant professor who specializes in examining the sculpture and architecture of medieval France and Spain via transdisciplinary approaches. She has presented papers nationally and internationally on the visual language of sculpture and its place in medieval popular culture. Her book, Speaking in Tongues: The Forgotten Language of Romanesque Corbels, will be published by Brill. An article, “Occupying the Margins: Masks, Microcultures, and the Mainstream Media,” will appear in the journal postmedieval in January 2016.