Department Head

Rebecca Brienen, PhD


Art History Faculty

Rebecca Brienen, PhD

Irene Backus, PhD

Louise Siddons, PhD

Jennifer Borland, PhD

Shaoqian Zhang, PhD

Priscilla Schwarz, PhD

Mora Beauchamp Byrd, PhD


Graphic Design Faculty

Phil Choo, MFA

Pouya Jahanshahi, MFA

Justen Renyer, MFA

Ray Claxton, MFA

Elizabeth Berger, MFA


Studio Art Faculty

Angie Piehl, MFA

Mark Sisson, MFA

Chris Ramsay, MFA

Liz Roth, MFA

Jack Titus, MFA

Andy Mattern, MFA

Brandon Reese, MFA

Ginnie Baer, MFA

Teresa Holder, MA

Mark Wittig, MFA


See Also: Staff


 

 

Irene Backus, PhD


irene backusUniversity of Chicago
Assistant Professor in Art History
Office: (405) 744-6016
Fax: (405) 744-5767
Email: irene.backus@gmail.com
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Irene Backus is a specialist in sixteenth century Italian art, with a secondary interest in later imperial Chinese art. Her current research integrates these major and minor fields of study by examining the perceptions of China in Renaissance Florence, specifically as mediated through imported Ming Dynasty materials. In addition to issues of cross-cultural exchange and international trade, her research interests include: alchemy, the history of medicine, the body and senses, and constructed gender roles.

She comes to OSU with substantial museum experience, having worked in various capacities at The Philips Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Smart Museum of Art.

Courses taught at Oklahoma State:

  • History of Italian Renaissance Art
  • Leonardo, Art, and Science
  • History of Baroque Art
  • East and West: Biases and Borrowings