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. She has also 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.
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.
Richard Liebhart, adjunct professor, has been a lecturer on archeology and ancient art in the Classics Department and the Art Department at Chapel Hill since 1990. He spent 3 years (1980-1983) at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and worked on excavations in the Athenian Agora and at ancient Corinth. In 1990, he began in Turkey on an architectural study of the tomb chamber of Tumulus MM at Gordion, the capital of King Midas and the Phrygians. This project has evolved to include on-going structural and environmental conservation for the 2,700-year-old tomb, the oldest standing wooden building in the world. Liebhart has recently had published an article on his research entitled, “Phrygian Tomb Architecture: Some Observations on the 50th Anniversary of the Excavations of Tumulus MM.” This appeared last December in The Archeology of Phrygian Gordion, Royal City of Midas, (Philadelphia: 2012).
Beth Fischer, adjunct intructor, specializes in early medieval art and the "afterlives" of objects. Recent projects have included the reuse of late antique sarcophagi in the middle ages, the visual context of medieval manuscripts, and material exchange around the Mediterranean in the middle ages. She has an essay forthcoming about a late medieval reliquary of King David that incorporates a cameo of Medusa. Her dissertation focuses on representations of architecture in early medieval gospel books.