Kate Lusheck

Catherine H Lusheck

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5612 Masonic 217

Biography

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.

Appointments
College Curriculum Committee (appointed member), 2015 - present
Inaugural Faculty Chair, USF Honors College
Program Director, Art History & Museum Studies
Appointed Member, College Curriculum Committee
Faculty Advisory Board, Center for Research & Scholarly Excellence
Education
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)
Experience
Specialist-in-Charge of Modern & Contemporary Art at Bonham's and Butterfield's auction house, San Francisco, 2000–01
Associate Curator of European Art at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 2003–04
Research
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)
Renaissance Humanism and the Classical Tradition
Style and Early Modern Visual Rhetoric
Drawing and the Renaissance Workshop
Renaissance and Baroque Art
Curatorial Practice
Selected Publications

Lusheck, K. (2017). Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing. Visual Culture in Early Modernity series, ed. Allison Levy. London/New York: Ashgate/Routledge.

Lusheck, K. (2014). "Perfecting Nature: Empiricism, Geometry and the Rhetoric of Liveliness in Leonardo’s Studies of Brambles, c. 1505-10.” In Leonardo De Vinci Between Art and Science, eds. Francesca Fiorani and Anna Kim. Charlottesville: University of Virginia.

Lusheck, K. (2000). "Content in Form: Rubens's Kneeling Man and the Graphic Reformation of the Ideal, Robust Male Nude." Eds. Paul Huvenne and Elizabeth Honig, Jaarboek Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (Antwerp Royal Museum Annual), 127-164.

Lusheck, C. (2019). “Leonardo’s Brambles and their Afterlife in Rubens’s Studies of Nature.” Leonardo Studies, vol. 2: Leonardo da Vinci - Nature and Architecture. Eds. Constance Moffatt and Sara Taglialagamba. Leiden: Brill, chapter 6. 

Lusheck, C. (2018). Book review. Life of Christ Before the Passion, The Ministry of Christ by Koeln Bulckens, with introduction by Paul Huvenne. Translated from the Dutch by Abigail Newman (Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, V, 2). London: Harvey Miller, an imprint of Brepols Publishers, Turnout, 2017. Historians of Netherlandish Art online.

Lusheck, C. (2017). Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing. Visual Culture in Early Modernity series, ed. Kelley Helmstutler di Dio. Abingdon/New York: Routledge/Ashgate.

Lusheck, C. (2017). Book Review. St. Jacob’s Antwerp Art and Counter Reformation in Rubens’s Parish Church by Jeffrey Muller. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History. Leiden: Brill, 2016. Renaissance Quarterly LXX/4 (Winter 2017): 1514-15.

Lusheck, C. (2014). "Perfecting Nature: Empiricism, Geometry and the Rhetoric of Liveliness in Leonardo’s Studies of Brambles, c. 1505-10.” In Leonardo De Vinci: Between Art & Science blog, eds. Francesca Fiorani and Anna Kim. Charlottesville: University of Virginia.

Lusheck, C. (2008). Book Review. Painting and Politics in Northern Europe: Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens, and Their Contemporaries by Margaret D. Carroll. College Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2008. Renaissance Quarterly (Winter 2008): 263-65.

Lusheck, C. (2000). "Content in Form: Rubens's Kneeling Man and the Graphic Reformation of the Ideal, Robust Male Nude." Eds. Paul Huvenne and Elizabeth Honig. Jaarboek Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (Antwerp Royal Museum Annual), 127-164."

Awards & Distinctions

Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013

Provost’s Faculty Team Innovation Award (with Professors Christine Yeh and Noah Borrero), 2011

Jesuit Foundation Grant, 2016

USF Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013

NEH Summer Institute Award (Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art & Science), 2012

Provost’s Faculty Team Innovation Award, 2011 – 2012

 Robert H. and Clarice Smith Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), Washington, D.C., 1996 – 1997

Exhibitions Curated

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).

Northern Visions of Rome and Ruins: Dutch, German, and French Master Drawings, c. 1580-1780. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, February 21 – May 16, 2004.