B.A., Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge); M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Kimberly CassibryAssistant Professor of Art
Art historian focusing on cross-cultural connections in the ancient Mediterranean
I am currently writing a book entitled Destinations in Mind: the Art of Portraying Places on the Roman Empire's Souvenirs. The chapters consider colorfully enameled vessels commemorating Hadrian's Wall, glass cups depicting gladiatorial games and chariot races, silver cups listing the route from Cádiz to Rome, and glass bottles etched with scenes from the Bay of Naples. In collaboration with the Knapp Media and Technology Center, the project employs digital scanning and modeling to better understand how mobility and materials impacted design.
My earlier research on the social practice of commemoration and on the intersections of Celtic and Roman art was supported by the Getty's Art of Rome's Provinces seminar (2011-2013) and by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Pat O'Connell Memorial Fellowship (2013-2014). Resulting publications include "Tyranny of the Dying Gaul: Confronting an Ethnic Stereotype in Ancient Art," Art Bulletin (June 2017); "Coin in Celtic France: An Art Lost to Empire" in Beyond Boundaries: Connecting Visual Cultures in the Provinces of Ancient Rome; "Honoring the Empress Julia Domna on Arch Monuments in Rome and North Africa," in Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire; and a regional overview of "Northern Gaul, German, and Britain" in the Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture.
I enjoy bringing my research to a broader public by giving talks at museums and symposia. This fall, I will travel to Lisbon to participate in an international workshop on Global History, Visual Culture and Itinerancies. In the spring, I will travel to London to co-convene a session called "From the Phoenicians to the Celts: Towards a Global Art and Architectural History of the Ancient Mediterranean" for the 2018 AAH conference. The session's goal is to explore establishing an open access journal on Global Ancient Art History. Other recent presentations include "Gifts for the Gods: The Art of Devotion in Roman Gaul" at the Getty Villa, Los Angeles; "Palmyra at the Crossroads" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; "Gauls Dying and Victorious" at the Art of War symposium (Joukowsky Institute, Brown University); "The Tyranny of the Dying Gaul" at the Unlocking the Provinces symposium (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto).
At Wellesley, my courses on Roman, Greek, Celtic, Etruscan, and Mesopotamian art and architecture emphasize cross-cultural exchange and the modern lives of antiquities. Because experiencing art in person is fundamental to understanding it, my classes analyze collections not just on campus, but also in nearby museums. They also explore new technologies. Last fall, my seminar on Roman Monuments (ARTH 343) was awarded a Mellon blended learning grant to develop a collaborative website in support of the exhibit Reframing the Past: Piranesi's Vedute di Roma. I also had the pleasure of supervising an award-winning senior project by Margaret Justus ('17), who created a public timeline and website about the history of classical antiquities on campus.