Department Head

Rebecca Brienen, PhD

Art History Faculty

Rebecca Brienen, PhD

Irene Backus, PhD

Louise Siddons, PhD

Jennifer Borland, PhD

Cristina Cruz Gonzalez, PhD

Shaoqian Zhang, PhD

Priscilla Schwarz, PhD

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, PhD

Graphic Design Faculty

Phil Choo, MFA

Pouya Jahanshahi, MFA

Justen Renyer, MFA

Nick Mendoza, MFA

Ting Wang-Hedges, 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

Gary Batzloff, MFA

Brandon Williams, MFA

Jini Kim, MFA

Kyle Duncan, MFA

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Irene Backus, PhD

IreneBackusUniversity of Chicago
Assistant Professor in Art History
Office: (405) 744-6016
Fax: (405) 744-5767
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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