Professor, Art History (Romanesque and Gothic Art)
After earning a PhD at Brown University, Professor Joan Holladay began her teaching career at the University of Arizona. She joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in January of 1985. Holladay’s research centers on Gothic art in Germany and France, and her particular interest is in sculpture and manuscript illumination of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. She is currently completing a book on imagery with genealogical content in the high and late middle ages. Her work has appeared in Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Journal of Medieval History, Art History, Gesta, and Studies in Iconography as well as in various essay volumes. Illuminating the Epic: The Kassel Willehalm Codex and the Landgraves of Hesse in the Early Fourteenth Century appeared in the Monograph Series of the College Art Association. Dr. Holladay has received research grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst; in 1992, she was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. In 2003-4 she held the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis, and in the spring of 2013 she was the NEH Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University. She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) and on the Publications Committee and the Forward-Looking Committee of that same organization. She is currently co-director of the Census of Gothic Sculpture in America, a project of the ICMA; the volume in preparation, volume 3, will cover the museums of New York and Pennsylvania. In the spring of 2008, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award of the College of Fine Arts.