Graduate Advisor Art History
OFFICE: Art & Communication 244C
Ph.D. Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
M.A. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
History of Art and Religion
M.A. Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, Tennessee
Religious Studies, Summa Cum Laude
B.A. University of Mississippi, Oxford
Major: Philosophy; Minor: Studio Art, Cum Laude
Fall 2008 – Assistant Professor, Renaissance and Baroque Art History, University of
Instructor, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
Graduate seminars: Fall of the Idol: Iconoclasm and the Visual Culture of the Reformation;
Sanctification of the Self: Habits of Viewing Northern Renaissance Art, 1400-1600
Undergraduate Seminars: Albrecht Dürer and the Concept of a Renaissance Artist; Aesthetics
and Religion, 1400-1700; Vision and Paradox in the Work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Art Discourse in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands (Aldershot,
UK/Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers
Co-editor, The Turn of the Soul: Representations of Religious Conversion in Early
Modern Arts and Literature, in Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern
Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2012)
Co-editor, The Transformation of Vernacular Expression in Early Modern Arts, in Intersections:
Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2011)
Co-editor, Image and Imagination of the Religious Self in Late Medieval and Early
Modern Europe (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2007).
"Early Modern Hands: Gesture in the Work of Jan van Hemessen," in Walter Melion and
Michel Weemans, Ab historia proprie figurative: Visual Images as Exegetical Instruments,
1400-1700 (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)
"Landscaping the Soul: Pieter Bruegel's Conversion of St. Paul," in Denis Ribouillault
and Michel Weemans (eds), Paysage sacré et exégèse visuelle / Sacred Landscape and
Visual Exegesis (Florence: Leo S. Olsch, 2011), 51-66
"Pieter Bruegel and the Art of Vernacular Cultivation," in Bart Ramakers (ed.), Understanding
Art in Antwerp (Leuven: Peeters, 2010).
"To See Yourself Within It: Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Festival of Fools," in Reindert
Falkenburg, Walter Melion and Todd Richardson, Image and Imagination of the Religious
Self in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, (2007),
Catalogue and Dictionary Entries:
Scripture for the Eyes: Bible Illustration in Netherlandish Prints of the Sixteenth
Century, James Clifton and Walter Melion (eds.), New York: Museum of Biblical Art,
2009 (10 entries).
“Medieval Mysticism,” “Medieval Women’s Mysticism,” “Geert Grote,” “Thomas á Kempis,”
“Florentius Radewijns,” Beatris of Nazareth,” “Jan van Ruysbroek,” “Marguerite Porrete,”
in New Westminster Dictionary for Church History (Louisville, KY: Westminster John
Knox Press, 2010).
Walter Gibson, Pieter Bruegel and the Art of Laughter, Berkeley: University of California,
Berkeley (2006), in Historians of Netherlandish Art, vol. 24, no. 2 (2007), 21-22.
Alison G. Stewart, Before Bruegel: Sebald Beham and the Origin of Peasant Festival
Imagery (Aldershot, UK/Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers, 2008), in College Art Association
(caa.reviews online, Summer 2009).
Margaret Carroll, Painting and Politics in Northern Europe: Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens,
and their Contemporaries (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press,
2008) in Historians of Netherlandish Art Bulletin, vol. 26, no. 2 (2009)
Co-editor, The Turn of the Soul: Representations of Religious Conversion in Early
Modern Art and Literature, Leiden: Brill Publishers (under contract, forthcoming).
Co-editor, The Transformation of Vernacular Expression in Early Modern Arts and Scholarship,
Leiden: Brill Publishers (under contract, forthcoming).
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS / AWARDS / GRANTS
2011-2012 Professional Development Assignment, University of Memphis
2011 Tennessee Arts Commission/Arts Memphis Grant
2009 Lindsay Young Visiting Fellow, Marco Institute for Medieval and
Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee
2009 Faculty Course Redesign Fellowship, FedEx Insitute of
Technology, University of Memphis
2009 Faculty Research Grant, University of Memphis
2009 New Faculty Research Initiative Grant, University of Memphis
2009 Historians of Netherlandish Art Research Award
2007 Post Doctoral Fellow, Universiteit Leiden
2004 Pallas Research Institute two-year pre-doctoral research grant
(AiO), Universiteit Leiden
2003-05 Samuel H. Kress two-year pre-doctoral institutional fellowship
2003 J. William Fulbright Research Scholarship
SELECTED CONFERENCE PANELS
Session Chair, "Trading Values: Perceptions of Antwerp in the Wake of its Fall," Sixteenth
Century Conference, Cincinnati, OH, October 25-28, 2012
Session co-organizer and co-chair, "'Picture Perfect': Truth, Falsity, and the Polemics
of Image Making and Image Breaking in the Early Modern World," Southeastern College
Art Conference, Richmond, VA, October 20-24, 2010
Session co-organizer and co-chair, "Antwerp and its Boundaries, 1550-1570," Historians
of Netherlandish Art Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 27-29, 2010
Session organizer and chair, "The Turn of the Soul: Representations of Conversion
in the Arts," Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Venice, Italy, April
Session Chair, "Disrupting Reality: Limiting Pictorial Illusion in Early Modern Art,"
College Art Association 97th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 25-28, 2009
Session co-organizer and chair, "Artistic Consciousness and the Emerging Art Theoretical
Discourse in Painting, 1400-1700," Historians of Netherlandish Art Conference, Baltimore,
November 8-11, 2006
Conference co-organizer, "Formulating a Response: Methods of Research on Italian and
Northern European Art, 1400-1600," International Conference, Universiteit Leiden,
April 20-22, 2006
SELECTED PAPER PRESENTATIONS / INVITED LECTURES
Jan 2013 Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Conference: Le monde vu d'en haut/The World
from Above: nouvelles études et approches du paysage monde/new studies and approaches
of the world landscape tradition, Paper title: "Pieter Bruegel Landscapes: Symbolic
Highlands in the Lowlands (co-presenter with Prof. Larry Silver)
May 2012 Universiteit Groningen (Netherlands), Conference: Trading Values: Cultural Translation
in Early Modern Antwerp, Paper title: "Pieter Aertsen's Pancake Eaters: Trading Values
or the Value of a Trade"
May 2012 Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), Paper title: "Jan van Hemessen: Gesture
and the Performance of Devotion in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp"
Feb 2012 Emory University, Lovis Corinth Art History Colloquium: Ab historia proprie figurative:
Visual Images as Exegetical Instruments, 1400-1700, Paper title: "Hemessen's Hands"
Dec 2009 Emory University, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, GA; Paper title: "Turn of
the Soul: the Iconography of Religious Conversion"
Universiteit Groningen, Conference: "Understanding Art in Antwerp," Paper title:
"Pieter Bruegel's Vienna Peasant Dance and the Reception of Italianate Bacchanalia
in the Netherlands"
Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne,
Conference: "Sacred Landscape and Visual Exegesis in Early Modern Europe;" Paper title:
"Pieter Bruegel the Elder and the Matter of Conversion"
Cambridge University (Clare College), Conference: "Invention, Intention, Persuasion:
Forms of Self-Expression in Renaissance Arts and Letters," Paper title: "Pieter Bruegel
the Elder and Vernacular Style"
Universiteit Leiden, Conference: "Formulating a Response: Methods of Research on
Italian and Northern European Art;" Paper title: "Beyond Nature: Pieter Bruegel the
Elder's Peasants as Artistic Statement"
College Art Association, Boston, MA; Paper title: "The Function of Inter-Pictorial
Discourse in the Art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder"
Sixteenth Century Conference, Atlanta, GA; Paper title: "Re-Imagining Reality:
The Performance of Interpretation in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Festival of Fools"
EDITORSHIPS / BOARDS
Series Managing Editor, PROTEUS: Studies in Early Modern Identity Formation, Book
Series, Turnhout: Brepols Publishers
Board of Directors, Number: an independent journal of the arts, Memphis, TN (June
2009 – December 2012)
Co-Director, Crosstown Arts (non-profit 501c3), Memphis, TN (June 2010 – present)
College Art Association
Southeastern College Art Conference
Historians of Netherlandish Art
Sixteenth Century Society
Renaissance Society of America