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Julia Sienkewicz

Julia Sienkewicz

Assistant Professor of Art History
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Art History Program, Department of History

College Hall 615
Phone: 412.396.2352


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

Dr. Sienkewicz's recent publications include a chapter in The Eye, the Hand, the Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association (Rutgers University Press, 2012), and the article Beyond the Mohawk Warrior: Reinterpreting Benjamin Wests Evocations of American Indians. She is the author of several Historic American Buildings Survey histories, including detailed studies of Hill-Stead in Farmington, CT and Evergreen House in Baltimore, MD. She is also the author of a Historic American Landscapes Survey history of Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. for which she also authored the successful National Historic Landmark nomination.

Her first monograph (under preparation), is tentatively entitled Material Impressions: Exploring the Social Foundations of Art in the Early Republic, studies the work of four artists active in the United States between 1790 and 1850, who experimented with spatial and multisensory works that intermingled the techniques of painting, sculpture, architecture, and/or landscape design.


Dr. Sienkewicz's research has benefited from external research support including: a Joshua C. Taylor Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The National Portrait Gallery, a McNeil Dissertation Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum & Country Estates, a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS predoctoral fellowship in American art, and a predoctoral fellowship at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Her research has also been supported by the United States Capitol Historical Society.


A specialist in the Art and Architectural History of the United States from the Eighteenth through the early Twentieth Centuries, Dr. Sienkewicz is especially invested in scholarship that draws connections among art history, architectural history, and landscape history. She is also committed to the documentation of historic buildings and landscapes.


ARHY 100: Understanding Art
ARHY 112: Art History: Renaissance to Modern World
ARHY 210: American Art
ARHY 217: Religion, Reason, and Visual Culture
ARHY 226: American Home
ARHY 326W: The Grand Tour
ARHY 330W: Timeless Passions
ARHY 441W: American Painting and Sculpture