Associate Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars in the Arts and Humanities
Tuesdays: 3:00-4:00 pm
Wednesdays: 12:00-1:00 pm
Area of Specialization:
Medieval Architecture and Liturgy
Monastic Visual and Performance Culture
- ART 111: Introduction to Art History
- ART 231: Medieval Art and Architecture
- ART 232: Renaissance Art and Architecture
- ART 233: Baroque Art and Architecture
- ART 360: Special Problems in Art History
- ART 361: Special Projects in Art History
- ART 494: Capstone in Art History
- IDS 180: Mellon Sophomore Seminar
Professor Heath received her B.A. with honors in Art History and German from the University of Maine. She spent her junior year as a full-time student at the Universität Salzburg, Austria. Professor Heath received her Master’s Degree from Florida State University and her Ph.D. from Brown University. During her graduate studies, Professor Heath worked on archaeological excavations in Italy and France, and conducted extensive research in France supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Brown University. Her area of specialization is Gothic architecture and its role in creating spaces for worship, political power, and social identity to play out among participants and audiences.
Professor Heath has received numerous grants and awards for her research and teaching, which have enabled her to travel in the United States and abroad to conduct archival and fieldwork research. Her publications have focused on the politics and ceremonies between the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne and the Benedictine Monastery of Saint-Germain in Auxerre. Currently Professor Heath is working on a book length study of the visual and performance culture of Benedictine monasticism in the late Middle Ages. She has also recently started an interdisciplinary and multi-staged collaboration with Hope students that reconstructs through 3D modeling, recordings, drawings, and interactive maps the architecture, decoration, and music of Auxerre and its churches.
Professor Heath has been at Hope College since 2007. She teaches the Introduction to Art History and courses in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, all of which take a global approach to these art historical periods. Upper-level seminars include topics such as Art Theory before the Modern Age, Medieval Narrative, Islamic Art, and Historical Artistic Techniques. She also teaches seminars in which students have curated exhibitions for the DePee Gallery, such as The Printed Image (Fall, 2008) and Reading between the Lines (Fall, 2011). Students have also helped redesigned the Dutch painting galleries for the Holland Museum (2014). All of her classes stress first-hand experience with works of art, through fieldtrips, object-specific projects, and hands-on, professional training. Professor Heath also teaches the Mellon Scholars Program DLA Research Seminar.
“Elevating Germanus of Auxerre: The Architecture, Liturgy, and Politics of Monastic Identity” Speculum 90, no, 1 (2015): 60-113. Online access (© The Medieval Academy of America)
Link to Article: http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A95kHP7ciUXErg
“Secular Power, Sacred Authority, and Urban Topography in the Palm Sunday Procession in Late Medieval Auxerre, France,” Viator 41, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 199-230.
“Architecture, rituel et identité dans la cathédrale Saint-Étienne et l’abbaye Saint-Germain d’Auxerre,” Centre d’études médiévales Auxerre: Études et Travaux 9 (2005): 277-283.
Review of Goldene Pracht: Mittelalterliche Schatzkunst in Westfalen, edited by Holger Kempkens, Hartmut Krohm, et al., exhibition catalog, Munich: Hirmer, 2012. Studies in Iconography 35 (2014), 321–324.
"Reading Between the Lines: the History and Production of Books Highlighted by the Hope College Rare Book Collection," Student-curated exhibition and catalog for the DePree Gallery, Hope College, February 24-March 24, 2012.
News from Hope College "Learning Between the Lines": http://www.hope.edu/pr/nfhc/archive/pdf/nfhc0612.pdf (scroll to PDF page 9)
Reading Between the Lines Exhibition Link (Fall 2011 / Spring 2012)
“The Printed Image: Engravings and Etchings Collected by Richard Wunder,” Student-curated exhibition, symposium, and catalog, Feb. 23-March 12, 2009; Symposium, March 7, 2009.
The Printed Image Exhibition, and Symposium Link (Fall 2008 / Spring 2009)