Kimberly Cassibry

Kimberly Cassibry
kcassibr@wellesley.edu
(781) 283-2182
Art
B.A., Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge); M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
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Kimberly Cassibry
Associate Professor of Art

Art and architectural historian specializing in the ancient Mediterranean.


My research focuses on the ancient Mediterranean and considers what art and architecture can tell us about international relations and the experience of empire. In my publications, I have shown that Roman arch monuments could be dedicated as diplomatic gifts, I have critiqued ethnic stereotypes of Celts in Greek and Roman art, and I have explored how the experience of spectacular entertainment was reflected on glass cups depicting famous charioteers and gladiators. My current book project is entitled Destinations in Mind: Portraying Places on the Roman Empire's Souvenirs and is under contract with Oxford University Press. Another book project is underway and addresses the impact of empire on the Celtic, Greek, and Roman art of ancient Gaul. I am also about to launch a digital humanities project called Digital Roman Arches, which will establish an online database of the several hundred commemorative arches set up in the Roman Empire and beyond.

My courses on the ancient Mediterranean and Mesopotamia address the political and social uses of art and architecture, as well as the modern lives of antiquities. Because seeing 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. 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 have 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.

I am honored to have received the 2019 Pinanski Teaching Prize and to serve as president of the college's chapter of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

Selected Publications

Selected Talks and Conference Panels

Selected Fellowships

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pat O'Connell Memorial Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Getty Foundation, Art of Rome's Provinces seminar, 2010-2013
  • Social Science Research Council, 2007-2008

 

Looking at Piranesi prints at the Davis Museum with ARTH 343 Roman Monuments

 

 


At Yale University Art Gallery with ARTH 110 Artifacts and Museums