Kate Dimitrova

Assoc Professor Art History
Art History
School of Art & Design

Education

  • PhD: History of Art & Architecture University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • MA: History of Art & Architecture University of Pittsburgh, 1999
  • BA: Visual Arts: Art History & Criticism University of California, San Diego, 1996

Biography

Professional Experience 

Visiting Assistant Professor, Wells College, 2009-11.

Visiting Lecturer, University of California, San Diego, 2008-09.

Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, PA, 2003-04.

Lecturer, Extension Program, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001-02.

Collections Cataloger, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 2000-02.

Graduate Intern, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1999.

Teaching Assistant, University of Pittsburgh, PA, 1997-99.



Faculty Service 

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Reaccreditation Steering Committee

Graduate Advisory Council

University Judicial Board

Honors Advisory Board

Lefkowitz Lecture in Jewish Studies Series Committee

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 133: Renaissance and Baroque Art & Architecture: From the Classical Ideal to Theatrical Expression
  • ARTH 136:The Role of the Medieval Image
  • ARTH 300: Paris: Global Perspectives (team-taught with Dr. Cecilia Beach)
  • ARTH 321: Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 322: Medieval Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 324: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
  • ARTH 331: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 332: Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 333: Baroque Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 400: Islamic Art and Architecture in the Mediterranean World
  • ARTH 445: Understanding Culture through the Lens of World Cinema
  • ARTH 460: Exploring Art History: Concepts, Methods and Practices
  • ARTH 499: BS Thesis in Art History and Theory

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Presentations

  • 10/2017 Sixteenth-Century Society & Conference, Milwaukee, “The Craft of Spectacle: Tapestry in the Construction of Space in Early Modern Visual Culture”
  • 02/2017 ARLIS/NA—Art Libraries Society of North America, New Orleans, “Artists in the Classroom: Creative Processes in Art History Information Literacy Classes” (co-authored with Eva Sclippa who presented on behalf of us both)
  • 10/2016 Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, Saint Louis, “Parchment, Politics and Fame: The Captivating Provenance of the Girona Bible” and session organizer: “Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners”
  • 02/2016 Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain: Trade, Patronage and Consumption, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium "The Zaragoza Passion Tapestries: Weaving Connections between France, Flanders and the Kingdom of Aragón"
  • 06/2013 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, "El componente árabe en el arte de Sicilia. Las cuestiones sicilians: primer seminario internacional sobre la Sicilia árabe," Madrid, Spain Session chair and respondent (invited): "Los marfiles sículo-árabes y su proyección mediterránea"
  • 02/2010 College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL Session organizer and co-chair (2 sessions): "Dressing the Part: Textiles as Propaganda in the Middle Ages"
  • 10/2009 International Center of Medieval Art Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA "Seats of Judgment: An Iconographic Investigation into the Roles of the Sanhedrin Judges Portrayed in the Zaragoza Passion Tapestries"
  • 05/2009 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI "Weaving through the Via Crucis: Artistic ‘Spatial Imagination’ and the Navigation of Space in the Passion Tapestries at Zaragoza Cathedral"
  • 10/2007 Rencontre avec le Patrimoine religieux, Angers, France "Un aspect méconnu de l’histoire de la Passion: Une étude iconographique de Ponce Pilate dans la réalisation des tapisseries de Saragosse"
  • 05/2007 Universitat de Barcelona, Història de l’Art Conference, Barcelona, Spain "À la manière française: les modèles du XIVe siècle et la création des tapisseries offertes à la cathédrale de Saragosse par Dalmau de Mur"
  • 03/2007 Séminaire « LLL » d’art médiéval, Journées d’études, Lille, France "Turning the Pages: In Search of Manuscript Models for the Zaragoza Passion Tapestries"
  • 04/2006 Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, France "La France, carrefour artistique de l’Europe: le rôle des Valois dans la conception et l’acquisition d’une tenture flamande par un mécène espagnol du XVe siècle"
  • 02/2006 College Art Association Conference, Boston, MA "Too Hot to Handle: Sexual Politics in Louise Bourgeois and Medieval Tapestry"
  • 07/2004 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England "Warp and Woof: Power and Politics of Dalmau de Mur’s Tapestries at Zaragoza Cathedral"
  • 02/2004 Journée d’étude, Université de Pau, France "Snip-and-Tuck: Twentieth-century Reception and Anti-eroticism of a Late Medieval Tapestry" (also presented in 2003 at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI)
  • 04/2003 Mid-West Art History Society Meeting, University of Pittsburgh, PA "The ‘Tapestries’ Digitization Project at the Getty: Common Issues Involved with the Digitizing, Cataloging and Describing of Photographs"
  • 10/2001 Convivium: The Siena Center for Medieval Art and Early Modern Studies Conference, Albany, NY Session chair: "Franciscan Images and Poverty"

Research & Publications

  • Identity politics and sexual politics in the late Middle Ages.
  • Role of medieval art in mediating the body politic and defining spaces of political, religious, and social power.
  • Performative and semiotic functions of textiles in the Middle Ages.
  • Royal and ecclesiastical tapestry patronage in medieval Spain, France and Flanders.
  • Medieval workshop practices (manuscripts, textiles, stained glass).
  • Secular themes and iconography in medieval art.
  • Reception theory.
  • Dressing the Part: Textiles as Propaganda in the Middle Ages, Kate Dimitrova and Margaret Goehring, editors (Turnhout: Brepols: 2012), in draft.
  • "Too Hot to Handle: Sexual Politics in the Art of Louise Bourgeois and a Late Medieval Tapestry," redrafting as per editorial suggestions.
  • "À la manière française: les modèles du XIVe siècle et la création des tapisseries offertes à la cathédrale de Saragosse par Dalmau de Mur," in El Trecento en obres: Art de Catalunya i Art d’Europa al segle XIV, ed. Rosa Alcoy (Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona, 2009), 479-487.
  • "Un aspect méconnu de l’histoire de la Passion: une étude iconographique de Ponce Pilate dans la réalisation des tapisseries de Saragosse," Art sacré 27 (2009), 89-95.
  • "Class, Sex and the Other: The Representation of Peasants in a Late Medieval Tapestry Set," Viator 38, no. 2 (2007): 85-125.
  • Pontius Pilate: Antisemitism and the Passion in Medieval Art, by Colum Hourihane (Princeton University Press, 2009), in draft for Southeastern College Art Conference Review.
  • European Tapestries in the Art Institute of Chicago, ed. by Koenraad Brosens (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2008) in Medievalia et Humanistica, n.s. no. 36 (2010): 133-137.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations, ed. by Martin K. Foys, Karen Eileen Overbey, Dan Terkla (Boydell Press, 2009), in caa.reviews (November 3, 2010).
  • Merchants, Princes and Painters: Silk Fabrics in Italian and Northern Paintings, 1300-1550, by Lisa Monnas (Yale University Press, 2009) in caa.reviews (October 22, 2009).
  • Weaving Sacred Stories: French Choir Tapestries and the Performance of Clerical Identity, by Laura Weigert (Cornell University Press, 2004), in Studies in Iconography 27 (2006): 197-200.
  • Monograph - "Woven at the Crossroads of Culture: Avignon’s Role in Tapestry Production and Patronage during the Great Papal Schism (1378-1417)."
  • Article - "Too Hot to Handle: Sexual Politics in the Art of Louise Bourgeois and a Late Medieval Tapestry."
  • Conference paper - "Parchment, Politics and Fame: The Captivating Provenance of the Girona Bible," paper to be presented at the Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, October 2016: http://lib.slu.edu/special-collections/programs/conference/43

Awards/Honors

2015 Olivia Remie Constable Award, Medieval Academy of America
2013 Ping Fellowship, Council on International Educational Exchange, Faculty Development Grant for Spain and Morocco
2013 National Endowment of the Humanities "Bridging Cultures" Grant, Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, awarded to Alfred University, Herrick Library
2007-08 Arts and Sciences Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
2005-07 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Art at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris
2005-06 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (declined)
2004-05 Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Belgium
2017 International Fellowship for Faculty Development, Alfred University
2015 Professional Development Grant, School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University
2015 Gene and Pamela Bernstein Faculty Development Fund, Alfred University
2013 Ping Fellowship, Council on International Educational Exchange, Faculty Development Grant for Spain and Morocco
2013 Professional Development Grant, School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University
2007 American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies Photographs Grant
2004 Walter Read Hovey Award, Pittsburgh Foundation
2004 Program for Cultural Cooperation Grant between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States’ Universities
2004 Ruth Crawford Mitchell Merit Award, University of Pittsburgh (declined)
2004 Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh
2004 Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh
2004 Center for West European Studies Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh
2003, 2004 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh
2003, 2004 Wilkinson Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh
2003 Friends of Frick Fine Arts Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh
2000 Edward James Foundation Grant, West Dean College, England
1996 Cum Laude Honors, University of California, San Diego
1996 Russell Foundation Grant, University of California, San Diego