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Janet Snyder

Professor Emeritus | Art History
School of Art & Design
(304) 293-3870 4051 Creative Arts Center

Dr. Snyder received her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Art History from Columbia University where her fields were Medieval art and architecture and Native American art. She received her MFA in Design for Theatre from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her BA from Wichita State University.  She teaches courses in Ancient and Medieval European art and architecture, the art of northern Europe during the Renaissance, and the visual culture of Native North Americans.

Her book Early Gothic Column-Figure Sculpture in France: Appearance, Materials, and Significance (Ashgate, 2011) examined the representation of textiles and clothing in northern French stone sculpture and the production of this sculpture.

She is co-editor of Blanche Lazzell: The Life and Work of an American Modernist (WVU Press, 2004) and Encountering Medieval Textiles and Dress: Objects, Texts, Images (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). In 2013, she received the SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication.  She has participated in several NEH Seminars and has presented papers at the British Museum, the International Congress for Medieval Art, the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, and meetings of the College Art Association, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the Medieval Academy, and the Midwest Art History Society. She has been active in AVISTA, Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science and Art, and the Limestone Sculpture Provenance Project.