Art History Faculty

Jane C. Long 

Dr. Jane C. Long
Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Professor of Art History
Department:  Fine Arts
Office:  242 Olin Hall
Phone:  540-375-2218

Ph.D. Columbia University, Art History
M.A. Columbia University, Art History
A.B. Brown University, Art History

Art, Culture & Society I:  Prehistory - Middle Ages
Medieval Art
Renaissance Art
Baroque: Popes, Kings & Businessmen in 17th-century Europe
Early Netherlandish Painting
Leonardo, Michelangelo & Raphael
The Golden Age of Dutch Painting:  Rembrandt & Vermeer
Visualizing Italy (IL May Travel Course)
Research Seminar in Art History

Scholarly Interests:
Jane Long's research centers on Italian Renaissance art, though she more narrowly specializes in fourteenth-century Florentine painting.  She is particularly interested in narrative composition, the ways that audience expectations shaped the understanding of works of art, and how artistic choices helped to determine the messages different audiences received. She has publications in Renaissance Quarterly, Studies in Iconography, Gesta, and The Sixteenth Century Journal. 

art history Dr. Holly R. Silvers
Adjunct Professor of Art History
Department: Fine Arts
Office: 328 Olin Hall
Phone: 540-375-2096

Ph.D. Indiana University, in Medieval Arts
M.A. Indiana University, 19th-Century American Art
M.L.S. Indiana University, specialization in Rare Books and Archives

Scholarly Interests:
Dr. Holly R. Silver's research deals with medieval architecture and sculpture, medieval book studies, medieval art and memory and medieval pilgrimage.

Art, Culture & Society I
Prehistory and Special Topics: Vikings, Saxons, Monks

Student, Julia, standing in a cemetery Dr. Julia Sienkewicz
Assistant Professor of Art History  
Department:  Fine Arts
Office:  311 Olin Hall
Phone:  540-375-2553

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Art and Architecture of the United States
M.A.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Art and Architecture of the United States
B.A.  Mount Holyoke College, Art History

Art, Culture & Society II
From Courtly Art Through Revolution
The Arts of the United States
Modern Art and Architecture
Global Contemporary Art and Architecture
American Landscape Painting

Scholarly Interests:
Dr. Sienkewicz teaches the Modern area, with teaching responsibilities beginning in the eighteenth century and extending through contemporary art. She is a specialist in the art of the United States from the late-eighteenth century through the Civil War. Her research addresses a range of media-including watercolor, monumental sculpture, landscape history, and architecture-and is often organized around the correlation between artists' theoretical writings and their artistic practice. Her current research concerns watercolors produced by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and will be published by the University of Delaware Press in a book titled Epic Landscapes: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor. She has also worked for the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service and she was the author of the successful National Landmark Nomination for the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.


Leslie Warden, AA's Rock

Dr. Leslie Anne Warden
Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology
Department:  Fine Arts
Office:  243 Olin Hall
Phone:  540-375-2072


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Egyptian archaeology)
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
B.A. University of California, Davis, Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology

Introduction to Archaeology
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Archaeology of Death in the Ancient Near East
The Encyclopedic Museum and Archaeological Ethics
Egyptian Temples
Research Seminar in Art History

Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Warden works in the Egyptian Old Kingdom (ca. 2600-2200 BC), commonly known as "The Pyramid Age." Her primary area of focus is archaeological ceramics analysis. Her research focuses on two ceramic forms dominant in the Old Kingdom, beer jars and bread moulds. She has used these forms to help define the functioning of the Egyptian non-monetary economy - an economy literally run on bread and beer - outside of the royal house. Additionally, she has been a member of the North Kharga Oasis Survey (NKOS) since 2001, working with pharaonic and Roman archaeology in the Egyptian oases. She is currently the project's head ceramicist.  She is broadly interested in Egyptian ceramics, the relationship of the Egyptian provinces to the capital, and non-elite material culture.

Dr. Warden is on sabbatical in 2018-19.