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Art History at RSA in Chicago

Submitted on March 17, 2017 - 2:25pm

The Renaissance Society of America was founded in 1954 and has over 5,000 members. They meet annually, with attendance typically in the thousands, so it is no surprise that our Division of Art History is often represented at the conference. The 2017 conference, being held in Chicago March 30 – April 1, may be unusual since we count ten people participating. If we have missed someone, please let us know.


Division Chair and Associate Professor Stuart Lingo is presenting a paper titled "Mannerism's Masks." He also is the respondent for the "Beyond Renaissance Binaries I" session.

Associate Professor Estelle Lingo is co-organizer of two sessions with the title "Tracking Statues in the Wild: Interpretive Paradigms for Sculpture in Gardens," and she chairs the first session. She also is chairing "Chapels in Roman Churches between the Cinquecento and the Seicento: Form and Meaning II."

Lecturer Morten Steen Hansen presents a paper titled "Lotto's Heresy."

Associate Professor of Architecture Ann Huppert, who also has an adjunct faculty appointment in Art History, is presenting a paper titled "Peruzzi: Judgment and the Antique."


PhD student Katherine Coty is presenting a paper titled "The Renaissance Readymade: Displaying Raw Stone in the Cinquecento Garden."

PhD candidate Lane Eagles presents a paper titled "Illusory Pregnancy: Drapery and the Early Modern Female Body."

PhD candidate Erin Giffin is presenting a paper titled "Transcendent Materiality: The Santa Casa di Loreto." She also chairs the "Europe and Other Worlds: Converts, Renegades, Slaves, Native Peoples" session.


Alexis Culotta (PhD 2014), who teaches at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, chairs the session "Artistic Exchanges: Rome, Florence, Sweden, Prague." She also is presenting a paper titled "Peruzzi's Presentation: A Closer Look at a Complex Painting."

Jesse Locker (BA 2000), an Assistant Professor at Portland State University, presents a paper titled "The Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds: Reconstructing a Painter without a Name."

Tamara Smithers (MA 2005), who teaches at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, is chairing a session titled "Beautifying Life: The Roles of Italian Renaissance Sculpture in the Late Nineteenth Century."