Art + Architecture — European Studies — Honors Program in the Humanities — Museum Studies
Catherine H Lusheck

Catherine H Lusheck

Assistant Professor

Professor Kate Lusheck is the Program Director for the Arts History/Management Department and Assistant Professor of Art History/Arts Management in the Department of Art + Architecture at USF, specializing in Renaissance and Baroque art. Kate specializes in early modern European art and teaches art history and arts management courses at USF. She received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley (2000). Prior to coming to USF, she taught Renaissance and Baroque art history courses at Santa Clara University and St. Mary's College, Moraga and other Bay Area institutions, and was previously a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), Washington, D.C., the Belgian-American Foundation (Brussels/New Haven), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). Her museum credentials also include year-long graduate internships at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C.) and the Department of European Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu).

Kate's research and teaching interests include the art of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577 - 1640), Renaissance humanism and the classical tradition in northern European art, style and early modern visual rhetoric, and drawing and artistic pedagogy in the Italian Renaissance tradition. She has presented her research at annual meetings of the College Art Association and the Renaissance Society of America, as well as at a number of major museums and universities in the United States and abroad. Her publications include "Content in Form: Rubens's Kneeling Man and the Graphic Reformation of the Ideal, Robust Male Nude," Jaarboek Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (2000). Currently, she is completing a book-length manuscript for publication entitled Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing.

Prior to joining USF, Kate was Specialist-in-Charge of Modern & Contemporary Art at Bonham's and Butterfield's auction house in San Francisco and Associate Curator of European Art at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Before her career as an art historian, Kate was Program Coordinator of Face-to-Face at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. and an intern at the Council of Europe's International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She remains interested in current events, international relations and issues related to human rights and the history of diplomacy to this day.


Ph.D., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (December 2000)
M.A., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (May 1992)
B.A., Political Science magna cum laude, De Pauw University (May 1987)

Courses Offered
  • ART 101/102: Survey of Western Art History I & II
  • ART 200: Museum Studies I
  • ART 302: Renaissance Art
  • ART 303: Baroque Art
  • HON 322: Renaissance Culture in Europe
  • ART 390: Special Topics in Early Modern European Art
  • ART 421/422/423: Arts Management Internship Class