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.
(On Sabbatical 2016-2017) 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.
Khristin Landry-Montes, visiting assistant professor, is finishing her doctoral degree in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her dissertation entitled, “An Integrated Life: Art, Architecture and Society at Mayapán, the Last Maya Capital,” explores relationships between visual culture and phenomenology. Individual chapters focus on practices of architectural and artistic copying and reuse, relationships between built sites and sacred natural environments, and the representation of human sacrifice in public art. Her additional interests include the exhibition of American Indian objects in museums, contemporary Maya identity and practices of creating social memory, and the interrelationships between art and social justice. Her article, co-written with Dr. Jeff Kowalski, entitled “On Practices of Inclusion and Exclusion: Exhibiting Native American, Maya, and African Objects at the Field Museum and Art Institute of Chicago” was recently accepted for publication in the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. This fall, she has been invited to speak at two international conferences including the Coloquio Internacional de Estudios sobre Culturas Originarias de América in Havana, Cuba where she will present a paper focusing on the reuse of archaeological sites by contemporary Maya in Yucatan and the symposium, Inside the Ritual: Approaches, Practices and Representations in the Arts in Montreal, Canada where she will provide a talk on the use of sacred landscapes by the ancient and contemporary Maya in Yucatan. Landry-Montes’s other ongoing projects and interests include work with “Totem” a socially-minded artistic and architectural organization in Cancun, Mexico, volunteering with refugee populations, and taking care of her two, slightly overweight cats. This fall, Landry-Montes will teach ARH 210: Art History of the Ancient World with the sub-theme “Public Art and Power in the Ancient World” and ARH 212A: Art History of the Modern World with the sub-theme “Spaces and Places: Locations of Identity and Agency”. Her special topics courses this year will include the winter term course “The Art of Sacrifice in the Ancient Americas” and the spring course “Body and Being in African Art”.
Richard Liebhart, adjunct professor, has been a lecturer on archaeology 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 instructor, 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.