Catherine (“Kate”) Lusheck is associate professor of art history and museum studies, specializing in early modern European art and curatorial practice. Lusheck’s interdisciplinary art history research and teaching focus on issues of meaning, emulation, and self-representation in early modern European art (c. 1400-1700), with a special emphasis on the drawings of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640). Lusheck also teaches the history and theory of museums and collaborative curatorial practice in USF’s undergraduate art history and museum studies programs and its graduate-level museum studies program.
Lusheck’s monograph, Rubens & the Eloquence of Drawing, was published by Routledge/Ashgate in 2017. Her academic awards include a Jesuit Foundation Grant and USF’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Lusheck served as program director of art history at USF from 2014-19, and currently is an inaugural faculty chair of the university’s new Honors College.
- Chair, Department of Art + Architecture
- Inaugural Faculty Chair, USF Honors College
- Steering Committee, Saint Ignatius Institute
- Steering Committee, Center for Research & Scholarly Excellence
- NEH Advisory Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
- Program Director, Art History/Arts Management, 2014 - 2019
- College Curriculum Committee (appointed member), 2016 - 2019
- PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (December 2000)
- MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (May 1992)
- BA, Political Science, magna cum laude, DePauw University (May 1987)
- Adjunct Professor, Art History, Santa Clara University, 2005-08
- Associate Curator, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 2003–04
- Fine Art Specialist, Bonham's and Butterfield's auction house, San Francisco, 2000–01
- Early Modern European Art
- Northern Baroque (Dutch & Flemish) Art
- Works on Paper
- Visual Rhetoric
- Curatorial Practice
- European Art, c. 1500-1650
- Early Modern Drawings Culture
- Peter Paul Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci
- Renaissance Humanism and the Classical Tradition
- Renaissance Art and Style Theory
- Early Modern Intellectual History
- Selected Publications
Lusheck, C. (2017). Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing. Visual Culture in Early Modernity series, ed. Kelley Helmstutler di Dio. Aldershot/New York: Routledge/Ashgate.
Lusheck, C. (2020, in press). “Laboring Figures, Laboring Artist: Rubens and the Virtues of Intellectual and Pictorial Work.” In Rubens in Italian Culture, eds. Cecilia Paolini et al. Rome: Viella Press.
Lusheck, C. (2020). Book Review. The Jesuit Church of Antwerp, by Ria Fabri and Piet Lombaerde, based on a manuscript by Frans Baudouin. Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard. London: Harvey Miller, 2017. Renaissance Quarterly LXXIII, no. 1 (March 2020): 221-222.
Lusheck, C. (2019). “Leonardo’s Brambles and their Afterlife in Rubens’s Studies of Nature.” In Leonardo Studies, vol. 2: Leonardo da Vinci - Nature and Architecture. Eds. Constance Moffatt and Sara Taglialagamba. Leiden: Brill: 123-167.
Lusheck, C. (2019). Book and Exhibition Review. Early Rubens. Eds. Sasha Suda and Kirk Nickel. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and FAMSF, San Francisco. Munich/London/New York: DelMonico Books, Prestel, 2019; CAA.reviews.
Lusheck, C. (2018). Book Review. Life of Christ Before the Passion, The Ministry of Christ by Koeln Bulckens, with introduction by Paul Huvenne. Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, V, 2. London: Harvey Miller. Historians of Netherlandish Art online.
Lusheck, C. (2017). Book Review. St. Jacob’s Antwerp Art and Counter Reformation in Rubens’s Parish Church, Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 253; Brill’s Studies on Art, History, and Intellectual History 13. Leiden: Brill, 2016, by Jeffrey Muller. Renaissance Quarterly LXX/4 (Winter 2017): 1514-15.
- Awards & Distinctions
Jesuit Foundation Grant, 2016
USF Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute Award (Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art & Science), Florence, Italy, 2012
Provost’s Faculty Team Innovation Award (with Professors Christine Yeh and Noah Borrero), 2011
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), Washington, D.C., 1996-97
Chester Dale & Theodore Rousseau Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994-95
- Quiet Spaces: Picturing Sanctuary in the Illustrated Book. Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco. November 29, 2018 – February 10, 2019 (led graduate student curators in conjunction with MUSE 605: Curatorial Practicum).
- The Depravities of War: Sandow Birk and the Art of Social Critique. Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco. November 10, 2016 – February 29, 2017 (led graduate student curators in conjunction with MUSE 605: Curatorial Practicum).
- Mapping ‘The East’: Envisioning Asia in the Age of Exploration. Manresa Gallery (in conjunction with the Ricci Institute for East-West Studies), San Francisco, March 30 – May 22, 2016 (co-curated with Madeline E. Warner, Art History, B.A. ‘15).
- Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print. Thacher Gallery and the Donohue Rare Book Room, University of San Francisco, January 26 – February 22, 2015 (led graduate student curators in conjunction with MUSE 605: Curatorial Practicum).
- Bookends: Illustrated Works Spanning 500 Years from the Donohue Rare Book Room. Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco, April 29– June 17, 2010 (led undergraduate curators in ART 200: Museum Studies).
- Northern Visions of Rome and Ruins: Dutch, German, and French Master Drawings, c. 1580-1780. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, February 21 – May 16, 2004.