The Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Phone: 646 312-4069
Location: VC 7-226
Karen Shelby is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College, City College of New York. She holds a M.A. from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Southeast Asian Buddhist Art and Architecture and a Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate and University Center of the City College of New York. Her research focuses on the visual culture of the Great War with an emphasis on the memory of the conflict in Belgium, specifically Flemish nationalism. In her publications she addresses the cultural politics of exhibition narratives of the war in museums along the Western Front; memorials and cemetery design; and the role of pilgrimage in First World War mourning practice. She teaches the survey courses in art history as well as upper level courses in Nineteenth Century; Twentieth Century; Contemporary Art; Museum and Gallery Studies; The Art Market; The Histories of Photography; Asian Art and a Special Topics course on the relationship between art and war. She was the 2011/2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Her book, Flemish Nationalism and the Great War: The Politics of Memory, Visual Culture and Commemoration was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. A second book, History, Memory or Spectacle?: Museums of the Great War is in progress. Several chapters addressing Flemish nationalism and the Great War have been published in anthologies on the war. She has presented her research at several national and international conferences including at the annual College Art Association Conference (CAA); University of Leicester, UK; Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, UK; Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw, Poland; Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin, Germany; and Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium. She has also contributed several essays to Smarthistory.org, an open education resource for art history, including The Lion Capital of Sarnath, Buddhist Monasteries, The Pillars of Ashoka, and The Stupa. She serves as the Chair, Division of War and Culture, Cultural Studies Association (CSA).
Since its inception she has been involved with the Faculty Fellows Program for the Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art Project. This innovative collaborative project has successfully strengthened students' introduction to the arts through the integration of the arts and humanities into the curriculum of Baruch College.
She, along with fellow founder and collaborator, Michelle Millar Fisher, is Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), a peer-populated platform for art history instructors. AHTR is funded by two Baruch Learning and Technology Grants, A Kress Foundation Grant and a GC DSC Knowledge Grant.