Faculty and Staff
Kate Dimitrova
Assist Professor Art History
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Office Location: Harder Hall 428B
Department: Art History Department  
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Kate Dimitrova
Education
PhD: History of Art & Architecture
University of Pittsburgh, 2008

MA: History of Art & Architecture
University of Pittsburgh, History of Art & Architecture, 1999

BA: Visual Arts
University of California, San Diego, 1996

Background
Biography
Artist's Statement

“Now, more than ever, in view of today’s predominately visual culture, an informed understanding of the role and impact of the visual arts serves to expand students’ perspectives and raise their awareness and appreciation of the richness of our culturally diverse world. When teaching the history of art, one of my primary objectives is to guide students in the acquisition of skills that will be necessary for their future careers. The ability to communicate complex arguments (both orally and in writing), to think critically and to become visually literate provide students with the building blocks required for their professional development in whatever field their future career may be. One of the great rewards of teaching for me occurs when a student develops the skills to analytically engage with the discourses of art history and leaves the class with a continued thirst for knowledge.”



Current Research
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.



Selected Publications
Edited Books:

Dressing the Part: Textiles as Propaganda in the Middle Ages, Kate Dimitrova and Margaret Goehring, editors (Turnhout: Brepols: 2012), in draft.

Articles:

“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.

Book Reviews:

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.



Presentations

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 Partimoine 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”.

05/2005 Commission for Educational Exchange between the U.S.A., Belgium and Luxembourg: The Fulbright Program, Brussels, Belgium “Finding Threads in Flanders: Artistic Sources and Models for a Late Medieval Tapestry Set”.

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”.

10/2002 Frick Fine Arts Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, PA “The Representation of Peasants in Late Medieval Tapestry” (also presented in 2001 at Convivium: The Siena Center for Medieval Art and Early Modern Studies Conference, Albany, NY).



Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Arts and Sciences Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2007–08.

American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies Photographs Grant, 2007.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Art at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 2005–07.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (declined), 2005–06

American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies Photographs Grant, Honorable Mention, 2005.

Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Belgium, 2004–05.

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

Arts and Sciences PBC and Alumni Travel Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 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, 2004 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2003, 2004

Wilkinson Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2003, 2004

Friends of Frick Fine Arts Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2003

Edward James Foundation Grant, West Dean College, England, 2000M

Cum Laude Honors, University of California, San Diego, 1996

Russell Foundation Grant, University of California, San Diego, 1996

Provost’s Honors, University of California, San Diego, 1993–96



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.



Classes Taught
Ancient Art and Architecture

Art Historical Methods

Foundations Survey: Renaissance to Baroque

Islamic Art and Architecture in the Mediterranean World

Italian Renaissance Art

Medieval Art and Architecture

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Northern Renaissance Art