Department of Art

Madeline Rislow

Assistant Professor of Art History
Director of Art History
Art Education Coordinator
Dual Credit Coordinator

Courses: History of Art
Office: Potter Hall 206F
Office Hours:M, W 1:00-2:00 T, R 8:50-9:20 & 2:00-3:00
E-mail:mrislow@missouriwestern.edu
Phone: (816) 271-4422

Dr. Madeline Rislow is Assistant Professor of Art History at Missouri Western State University. She received her PhD in Italian Renaissance Art History from the University of Kansas. Her recent work focuses on how portal imagery was employed to construct and convey civic, religious and familial identity in the Ligurian region of northwest Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In addition to studying the social, economic, and political function of Italian Renaissance art, her research interests include contemporary art, virtual reality, and popular culture.

Dr. Rislow’s research has been supported by several grants, including a Fulbright grant to Italy. She has presented her research at various national and international venues, such as the Mediterranean Studies Association Congress, the Renaissance Society of America’s annual conference and the Italo-Brittanica Association in Genoa, Italy. Prior to coming to Missouri Western, she taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Kansas, both on campus and abroad in Italy and France.

Education

PhD, Art History, University of Kansas, 2012
MA, Art History, University of Kansas, 2004
BA, Art History and History with Studio Art minor, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2002

Selected Presentations and Publications:

  • “How to Make It or Break It: Empowering Girls in a Neo-Feminist Era,” with Anne Dotter. In edited collection on ABC Family/Freeform network. Edited by Emily L. Newman and Emily Witsell (McFarland Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Sculpting Presence in Early Modern Genoa: Overdoor Imagery in the Doria Family Neighborhood.” Presented at the 20th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Congress, Valetta, Malta, 2017.
  • “One Way or Another: Virtual Reality in the Art History Classroom.” Co-presented with Emily L. Newman at the Foundations in Art: Theory and Education Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2017.
  • “Sacred Signs: Genoese Portal Sculptures in the Dominican Church of Santa Maria di Castello.” In Mendicant Cultures in the Medieval and Early Modern World: Word, Deed, & Image. Edited by Sally J. Cornelison, Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby, and Peter Howard, 183-222 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).
  • “Preaching Portals: Picture(ing) San Bernardino of Siena in Triora, Italy.” Presented at the Mid-America Medieval Association Conference, Emporia, KS, 2016.
  • “Protecting a Place and Its People: Genoa’s Renaissance Reliquary for St. John the Baptist.” Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Conference, Boston, MA, 2016.
  • “Establishing Place Through the Visual Image: The Dominican Observants in Genoa.” Presented at Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Little Rock, AR, 2015.
  • “Framing a Renaissance City: St. John the Baptist Soprapporte and Genoese Identity.” Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Conference, San Diego, CA, 2013.
  • “Framing Family Power in a Public Space: The Doria’s Appropriation of Portal Sculptures in Their Genoese Neighborhood.” Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Conference, Washington, D.C., 2012.
  • “Sacred Signs: Genoese Portal Sculptures in the Dominican Church of Santa Maria di Castello.” Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2011.
  • “Frames of Force: Genoese Renaissance Sculpture.” Invited public lecture at the Italo-Britannica Association, Genoa, Italy, 2009.