Katherine Brion

Assistant Professor of Art History - Art History - Gender Studies - Humanities - Interdisciplinary Programs

Katherine Brion
  • Phone: (941) 487-4316
  • Email: kbrion@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: ACE 110
  • Mail Location: ACE 116
M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Special Diploma in Museum Studies, École du Louvre Paris

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Professor Brion teaches courses on modern and contemporary art, especially of Europe and the United States, as well as a selection of courses with a broader global and/or chronological focus. Her research focuses on the intersection of politics, public art, and decorative painting in France, 1890-1914. Other areas of interest include the role of art in education (particularly the early twentieth-century movement to leverage art as an “intuitive” means of inculcating aesthetic principles and increasing children’s receptivity to instruction) and issues of race and representation.

Recent courses:

  • Public Art and Its Public(s) in the United States
  • Art and Gender
  • Ways of Seeing: Theory and Methods in Art History
  • Global Perspectives in Art History
  • Consuming the Visual Arts in Late-Nineteenth-Century France
  • Representing Difference: Race, Ethnicity, and the Visual Arts from the Age of Enlightenment to the 21st Century
Recent Publications:
  • “Courbet’s Bathers and ‘The Hottentot Venus’: Destabilizing Whiteness in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Nude” (forthcoming with Word & Image)
  • “The Fin-de-Siècle Poster: Modern Stimulus in the French Interior,” in Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media, edited by Anca Lasc, Georgina Downey and Mark Taylor (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).
  • “Eugène Atget and the Fin-de-Siècle Interior: Revelatory Excess,” The University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology Bulletin XVI (2005-2006). Reprinted in volume three, part four of Mark Taylor, ed., Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources, 4 vols. (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).
  • “Paul Signac’s Decorative Propaganda of the 1890s,” RIHA Journal 0044 (July 14, 2012), Special Issue “New Directions in Neo-Impressionism,” http://www.riha-journal.org/articles/2012/2012-jul-sep/special-issue-neo-impressionism/brion-signacs-decorative-propaganda.