Dr. Jennifer Feltman
Assistant Professor of Art History
Dr. Feltman joined the Young Harris College faculty in 2013. She specializes in the art and architecture of medieval Europe circa 1100 to 1300. She is especially interested in the ways in which monastic educational models were transferred to secular contexts and how this shift opened new possibilities for the visual arts. Incorporating studies in theology, religious history, literature and cognitive theory, Dr. Feltman's research has investigated the ability of works of art to provide a visual exegesis, or explanation, of complex ideas in ways that words alone cannot. Her minor area of study is non-Western art with a focus on medieval Japanese Buddhist icons and relics.
Dr. Feltman is currently completing a book on thirteenth-century sculptural programs of the Last Judgment, which investigates how aspects of contemporary Parisian moral theology were applied in iconographic programs in local urban contexts across the dioceses of France at the cathedrals of Chartres, Paris, Reims and Amiens. Dr. Feltman has received grants from the Medieval Academy of America and the Association Villard d'Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Art, Science, and Technology (AVISTA) to present her research on the the chronology of the Reims Last Judgment portal and is currently editing a volume of papers entitled New Studies of the North Transept of Reims Cathedral.
Dr. Feltman previously taught courses in the history of art at the University of Florida and The Florida State University, where she held the Patricia Rose Teaching Fellowship. She holds a B.S. summa cum laude from The University of Alabama, a M.A. from The Florida State University and a Ph.D. with distinction from The Florida State University.