Kate Lusheck

Catherine H Lusheck

Associate Professor

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5612 Masonic 217


Kate Lusheck specializes in early modern, European art, works on paper, and curatorial practice. She is Program Director and Associate Professor of Art History/Arts Management and also teaches the Curatorial Practicum in the MA in Museum Studies program. Professor Lusheck received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2000 specializing in Northern Baroque Art. Her research and teaching interests include the art of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640), Renaissance humanism and the classical tradition, style and early modern visual rhetoric, and drawing and artistic pedagogy in the Italian Renaissance tradition. She has presented her research at many universities and museums in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at the annual meetings of the Renaissance Society of America and the College Art Association. Her current research explores Leonardo’s afterlife in Rubens’s studies of nature, as well as Rubens’s graphic “distillations” in his early drawings.

Prior to joining USF, Prof. Lusheck was a lecturer in Renaissance and Baroque Art at Santa Clara University (2006-10), and Associate Curator specializing in European art at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento (2003-04). She has been a private curator and consultant for major private collections in New York, California, and Europe, and was Specialist-in-Charge of Modern and Contemporary Art at Bonham's and Butterfield's auction house in San Francisco (2001-02). She was a Smith Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA; Washington, D.C.), a Chester Dale and Theodore Rousseau Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a pre-doctoral fellow of Belgian-American Foundation (Brussels/New Haven). Her museum credentials also include year-long, residential graduate internships in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of European Drawings (Malibu) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C.). Before pursuing her career as an art historian, she was Program Coordinator of Face-to-Face at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

Program Director, Art History/Arts Management
College Curriculum Committee (appointed member), 2015 - present
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)
Specialist-in-Charge of Modern & Contemporary Art at Bonham's and Butterfield's auction house, San Francisco
Associate Curator of European Art at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)
Renaissance Humanism and the Classical Tradition in Northern European Art
Style and Early Modern Visual Rhetoric
Drawing and Artistic Pedagogy in the Italian Renaissance Tradition
Renaissance and Baroque Art
Curatorial Practice

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.

Awards & Distinctions

Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013

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