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Katherine Brown

Associate Professor of Museum Studies and Art History

B.A., Florida State University; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University

Walsh University
A Catholic University of Distinction
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio44720
United States

Since the Fall of 2011, Dr. Katherine T. Brown served as Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History at Walsh University. In May of 2016, she received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. Previously (2006-2011), she was Director of Hay House, an Italian Renaissance Revival historic house museum owned and operated by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and Curator of Historic Macon Foundation (2004-06), both sites in Macon, Georgia. From 2000-2004, she served as the Art Historian and Program Coordinator for the University of Georgia's Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Dr. Brown served as the Head of Education for the American Federation of Arts in New York (1997-99), the Curator of Education at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha (1995-97), and Curator of Education at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia (1993-95).

Furthermore, she has taught Art History as an adjunct professor at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA; Hunter College (CUNY); and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She earned her Ph.D. (1998) and M.A. (1992) in Italian Renaissance Art History from Indiana University-Bloomington. Leo S. Olschki Press in Florence published her dissertation on Venetian self-portraiture as a volume in their Pocket Studies in the History of Art Series (2000). Dr. Brown has given conference presentations at the Ohio Museums Association, The Renaissance Society of America, the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo (MI), and the Medieval and Renaissance Conference at New College in Sarasota (FL). She has led Walsh groups to Rome in 2012 and 2015 and to London in 2014 and 2017.

Her new book, titled Mary of Mercy in Medieval and Renaissance Italian  Art: Devotional Image and Civic Emblem, was published by Taylor & Francis Publishers in the Fall of 2016, with a publication subvention from The Renaissance Society of America and The Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Dr. Brown lives in North Canton, OH with her daughter.


Mary of Mercy in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Art: Devotional Image and Civic Emblem. London and NY: Routledge, 2017. (Available online here.)

The Painter's Reflection: Self-portraiture in Renaissance Venice, 1458-1625, Florence, Leo S. Olschki Press, 2000. (Available online here.)


Viewing Veronica through the Lens of Gender, Renaissance Society of America (Hagiography Society sponsored session), Toronto, March 2019 

The Importance of Art History and Museum Studies to Medical Schools' Curricula, Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University-Kalamazoo, September 2018

The Legend of Veronica and the Franciscan Construct of the Via Crucis. Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 30, 2017.

Dominican Adaptations of the Madonna della Misericordia. New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Sarasota FL, March 9, 2016.

Devotional Parades in Civic Places: The Origins, Iconography, and Functions of Gonfaloni in Central Italy during the Renaissance. Midwest Art History Society, Minneapolis, March 26, 2015.

Mater Misericordiae: Cult Image and Civic Symbol in the Province of Arezzo, c.1350-1575, Renaissance Society of America, New York, March 28, 2014. A version of this lecture was also delivered at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on Sept. 18, 2104.

From Artigiano to Divino Artista: Venetian Self-portraiture and the Rise of the Painter, New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Sarasota FL, March 6, 2014.

Anachronism, Stylistic Dialogue, and Millenarianism: Signorelli and Sodoma at Monte Oliveto Maggiore, 1497-c.1508, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2013 (IAS-sponsored session).

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