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Heidi Kraus

Heidi Kraus

Assistant Professor of
Modern & Contemporary Art

Office Hours: By appointment

Teaching Responsibilities:

Art 111 - Intro to Art History Survey
Art 241 - Modern Art & Architecture
Art 242 - Contemporary Art & Architecture
Art 360 - Special Problems in Art History
Art 365 - Indp. Studio Projects Seminar


Dr. Heidi Kraus joined the Hope faculty as Assistant Professor of Art in 2012. At Hope, she is the Modern and Contemporary art historian and also serves as the Director of the De Pree Gallery.

Professor Kraus received her Ph.D. in Art History from The University of Iowa in 2010, where her research focused on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art and architecture. Her dissertation, entitled “David, Architecture, and the Dichotomy of Art” analyzed the paramount symbolic and metaphorical role architecture played in the art of Jacques-Louis David—the father of the French neoclassical style, painter and patriot of the Revolution, and First Painter to Napoleon I.

Before coming to Hope, Professor Kraus taught at The University of Iowa and Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). In addition, Professor Kraus was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at The University of Iowa Museum of Art where she co-curated a traveling exhibition entitled “Napoléon and the Art of Propaganda” based on a renowned private Parisian collection.

Professor Kraus has written two recent articles on David (both in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture published by The Johns Hopkins University Press), authored a book review for CAA.reviews, and has lectured extensively both domestically and internationally on art and the long eighteenth-century in France. Currently, Professor Kraus is co-authoring a textbook for students of Archaeology, History, and Art History with Professor Nicholas Rauh (Purdue University) entitled A Short History of the Ancient World. The University of Toronto Press will publish the text in 2015.

In 2014, Professor Kraus received a Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant to continue her research on the role of print culture in First Empire France at McGill University in Montréal, Quebec. Professor Kraus resides in West Olive, MI with her husband, Paul, and their two young children: Catherine and Jacob.

Article: David's Roman Vedute

The Harry Brorby Project, Spring 2015

Article: View From the Luxembourg: David and the French Landscape Tradition