Art History Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Alfred Acres
Department Chair, Wright Family Term Associate Professor in Art History, Late Medieval and Renaissance Art

Al Acres teaches survey courses on Renaissance art and the history of prints, as well as seminars on individual artists (Van Eyck, Dürer, Bosch, Bruegel) and wide-ranging conceptual topics (Ideas of Realism, On Painting). His recent book, Renaissance Invention and the Haunted Infancy, explores how and why countless images of Christ’s infancy allude to his death and the devil. Several of his articles address the work of Rogier van der Weyden, among other major artists of the period. He is currently writing a book on Jan van Eyck for Reaktion Press, London. Before coming to Georgetown, he taught at the University of Oregon and Princeton University.

Ian Bourland
Assistant Professor, Art History, Global Contemporary Art

Ian Bourland is a critic and historian of global contemporary art with specializations in diaspora and Black Atlantic art, especially photography and video. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program. Bourland is the author of Bloodflowers (Duke University Press, 2019), which was supported by an Andrew Mellon Foundation grant, and has contributed scholarly writing to NkaAfrican ArtsRadical History Review, and others. His criticism can be found at ArtforumArt in America, and frieze, where he is a contributing editor. Since 2014 he has been the director of a summer abroad program in South Africa. Bourland is an avid music fan, and his scholarly work on Massive Attack is featured in Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series.

Al Miner
Director of Georgetown University Galleries and Associate Professor of the Practice

Al Miner is the Founding Director/ Curator of the Georgetown University Art Galleries and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Art and Museum Studies Master’s Program. Miner oversaw the final construction and established the vision, policy and curatorial program of the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery, the University’s flagship exhibitions space, which opened in August 2018. Prior to assuming his current role, Miner spent seven years as a curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, where he organized the award-winning Megacities Asia, the largest contemporary exhibition mounted by the MFA to date, among other projects. Leading up to the MFA, he spent five years in the curatorial division of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Miner has received fellowships and grants from numerous organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the American Alliance of Museums.

Elizabeth Prelinger
Keyser Family Professor of Art History, Modern Art

Elizabeth Prelinger teaches a variety of courses, including surveys of Nineteenth-Century Art, and German Art — From Romanticism to 1937, in addition to seminars on such topics as abstraction; Weimar; history of prints (at the National Gallery); Romanticism; art and poetry; and the art of World War I. Prelinger has also taught the Methods seminar in the department’s M.A. program in Art and Museum Studies. A specialist in the graphic arts, she has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions on prints of the Nabis, Munch, Kollwitz, and most recently, Gauguin, producing substantial catalogues and articles.

Lisa Strong
Associate Professor of the Practice, American Art; Director, Art and Museum Studies M.A Program

Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, Lisa Strong served as Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and assistant professor of American Art at James Madison University. She guest-curated an exhibition on Alfred Jacob Miller (1810–74) for the Amon Carter Museum and wrote the accompanying book Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller (2009). She also served as assistant editor for Corcoran Gallery of Art Catalogue of American Paintings to 1945 (2011) and has contributed essays to several other catalogues, most recently Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley (2015).

Michelle C Wang (on sabbatical through Fall 2019)
Associate Professor, Art History, Asian Art

Michelle C. Wang teaches courses in premodern to contemporary Asian art history. Her current research addresses Buddhist visual and material culture in China, particularly during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Her book manuscript titled Mandalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang examines Buddhist mandalas of the 8th-10th centuries from the Mogao Buddhist cave shrines located at Dunhuang in northwestern China. Her articles examine Buddhist mandalas of the Tang Dynasty, paired images in Buddhist visual culture, and literary tales of animated sculptures. 

Part-Time Faculty

Catherine Armour
Lecturer, Architectural History

Andrea Gallelli Huezo
Lecturer, Latin American Art & Architecture

Sybil Gohari
Lecturer, Modern Art

Susan Nalezyty
Lecturer, Renaissance Art

Stephanie Rufino
Lecturer, Architectural History

Barrett W Tilney
Lecturer, Baroque Art

Emeritus Faculty

Alison Hilton
Emerita, Russian and Modern Art