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Dr. Kathryn Heleniak

Dr. Kathryn Heleniak
Kathryn Moore Heleniak
Professor of Art History

Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 443
Fordham University – Rose Hill Campus
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-817-4891


B.A. Michigan (Ann Arbor); Ph.D. New York University

Area of Specialization

Modern: European and American Art (18th-20th centuries)

Courses Taught

Art History Introduction, 18th Century Art, 19th Century Art, 20th Century Art, American Art, Senior Seminar for Art History Majors, Victorian Pre-Raphaelites, Gender and Modern Art



Professor Kathryn Moore Heleniak enjoys teaching across the broad field of Modern Art from the 18th century to the present; her research and writing focus upon late 18th and 19th century British art and patronage, with occasional forays into 20th century art. She was a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art; and was named an “Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities” at Fordham College. She has also been a visiting lecturer at Yale University, Hong Kong University, and New York University.

Selected Publications

William Mulready ((New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1980).

"An Art Patron and his Housemaid:  William Mulready's Portrait of John Sheepshanks," British Art Journal, vol. XIII, no. 3 (February 2013), 69-80.

"The Symbolist Imagery of Burne-Jones:  Behind Closed Eyes," Rosina Neginsky, ed., Symbolism: Its Origins and Its Consequenes, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2010, Ch. 11.

“Money and Marketing Problems: The Plight of Harriot Gouldsmith (1787-1863), a Professional Female Landscape Painter in Early Nineteenth Century England,” British Art Journal VI, 3 (Winter 2005).

“An 18th Century English Gentleman’s Encounter with Islamic Architecture: Henry Swinburne’s Travels through Spain (1779),” British Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 28, 2 (Fall 2005).

“Victorian Collections and British Nationalism: Vernon, Sheepshanks, and the National Gallery of British Art,” Journal of the History of Collections 12, 1 (2000): 91-107.

“Old Kaspar: Pictorial Pacifism in the Napoleonic Period,” Art Bulletin LXXII, 1 (March 1990): 106-117.

“John Gibbons and William Mulready,” Burlington Magazine (March 1982).

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