Faculty & Staff

Shelley MacLaren

University Gallery Director
B.A. University of Alberta; Ph. D. Emory University


Shelley MacLaren is the Director of the University Art Gallery and an instructor in the interdisciplinary Humanities program. Prior to coming to Sewanee she was a visiting Assistant Professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, where she taught classes in medieval and Renaissance art history and art historical methodology, and lectured in the “Modern Art and Architecture in Paris” summer abroad course. She also taught art history classes at Grand Valley State University, and was a Carol Bates curatorial fellow at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.  She received a B.A. from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Emory University. Her major field of research is Italian Late Medieval and Renaissance Art, and her minor field is Modern Architecture. Dr. MacLaren’s primary research focuses on the intersection between poetic and pictorial invention in the early fourteenth century, most specifically in the work of the lawyer, poet and designer of allegorical images Francesco da Barberino.