University of Mississippi

Dr. Louise Arizzoli


Instructional Assistant Professor
Art History

PhD, Indiana University
MA, Indiana University
MA, University of Rome “La Sapienza”





Louise Arizzoli received her PhD in Art History from Indiana University in 2013, with a specialization in the history of collections in France and in America, Nineteenth century as well as Renaissance and Baroque European Art. She also holds an MA in art history from Indiana University and an MA from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, with a concentration on museum studies. Before moving to the United States in 2005, she pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of “Roma Tre”, and she worked as an archivist and exhibition organizer in Rome, Italy. Prior to joining the University of Mississippi in the Spring 2013, she was Acting Curator for Western Art before 1800 at the Indiana University Art Museum.

She has received several fellowships and grants among which a Junior Fellowship at the Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting in America in New York; she has presented her scholarly work at conferences and published articles in journals such as the Journal of the History of Collections, Les Cahiers d’Histoire de l’Art and Studi di storia dell’arte.

She is currently working at a monograph dedicated to James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959), an American art collector who lived in Paris between the two World Wars.

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams


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Assistant Professor of Art
Art History

MPh, PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center
MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Kris Belden-Adams is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Mississippi (USA), and specializes in the history and theory of photography. Her work has been published in Photographies, Afterimage, Southern Studies, and Lexia: Journal of Semiotics. She is the author of the books Photography, Modernity, Temporality: Time Warped(forthcoming 2019) and Picturing Privilege: Photography, ‘Aristogenics,’ Eugenics (forthcoming 2019), and is the editor of and a contributor to the volume Photography and Failure: One Medium’s Entanglement with Flops, Underdogs, and Disappointments (2016).

Joshua Brinlee

Assistant Professor of Art
Foundations Coordinator

MFA, Memphis College of Art
BFA, Memphis College of Art




Joshua Brinlee originally hails from Morgan City, Lousiana, but was raised in Franlkin, Tennnessee.  He has lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee for the past sixteen years and received his BFA from Memphis College of Art as well as most recently, his MFA.  An alumni member of the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program, Joshua is an adjunct instructor at his alma mater where he is teaching course foundations.

As well as teaching at MCA and the University of Mississippi, Joshua continues to create and show his work.  His images take from traditional portraiture as well as other painting genres.  He employs digital imaging and new media processes to create his self portraits, which mimic the painting tradition.  His recent work was accepted into the 2012 Delta Small Prints Exhibition where he received the Les Christensen Purchase Award.  He also received the Presidential Purchase Award from Memphis College of Art upon receiving his MFA.

Sheri Fleck Rieth

Associate Professor of Art

MFA, Memphis College of Art
BFA, University of Kansas




Sheri Fleck Rieth has a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Studio Arts from Memphis College of Art. Rieth worked for ten years as a puppeteer/artist with Puck Players Puppet Theatre in Bloomington, Indiana and taught at Watkins Institute of Art and Design in Nashville, TN, Memphis College of Art and the University of Memphis. She has shown in local, national and international exhibitions and in 2004 was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship by the Mississippi Arts Commission. In 2007 she was the Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year at The University of Mississippi. Her work is included in the collections at the Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; Opryland Hotel Third Tennessee, Nashville, TN and Watkins College of Art and Design, Nashville, TN. She is a member of the Southern Graphic Council (SGC), Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), the College Art Association (CAA), and National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). Rieth has served on the State Board of the Tennessee Association of Crafts Artists, is a reader for Educational Testing Services Advance Placement Studio Arts and is a Board Member of Number Inc. independent journal of the arts. Her work encompasses drawing, painting, book arts, and a wide variety of printmaking techniques. She is an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Mississippi.



Natalie Estrada

Administrative Coordinator I


Seth Thibodaux

Instructor & Sculpture Technician in Art

MFA, University of Mississippi
BFA, Nicholls State University

To view Seth’s work, please visit the Department of Art & Art History’s Flickr page.

Robert Malone

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Art
Drawing, Figure Drawing

MFA, Memphis College of Art
BFA, The University of Mississippi



Serving on The University of Mississippi faculty since 1997 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Robert Malone has taught beginning through advanced painting and drawing. Previous teaching experience includes three years as an adjunct at Middle Tennessee State University, teacher seminars, and Art League Workshops. Mr. Malone is a working artist who depends on his painting to provide the majority of his income. He brings life lessons to the classroom, with a strong traditional foundation and an open contemporary viewpoint.

His landscape paintings in oil capture the sublimity of nature; each canvas reveals the inherent spiritual reality of the beautiful world in which we exist. He has exhibited at the Nicole-Perry Gallery, Memphis,TN.; Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans LA; Yeiser Museum, Paducah, KY; Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS; Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN; Allen Price Gallery, University of Wisconsin; University of Melbourne, Australia. His work is in the corporate collections of AT&T, Ochsner Clinic, and the National Bank of Commerce. He has work in many private collections throughout the United States including New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC;  Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Winter Park, FL; and Jackson, MS.

“I view my position as a teacher in the role of a guide that knows the journey of the creative process, and who helps each student find his or her path in that journey. Civilization is based on the culture of art in one form or another, and each human being has a contribution to make to that culture.”

Lance Herrington

Adjunct Instructor & Instructor and Coordinator of Instructional Support for the ESL Program
Art History

MA, University of Mississippi
BA, University of Texas



Lance Herrington was the Art Department’s Visual Resources Curator and Instructor of Art History, before he became an Adjunct Instructor of Art History when he joined the faculty of the Intensive English Program at UM in January 2007.  He earned his B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas, a M.A. in Art History and a second M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Mississippi.  He previously lived in Osaka, Japan, where he taught English, and traveled extensively throughout Japan. Since returning to Oxford, he has led groups of Ole Miss students to Japan for Art on Location courses.  In the Art Department, he regularly taught Introduction to Western Art and the online versions of History of Art I and History of Art II, and co-taught Art on Location: New York during Intersessions.  Since 2007, he has taught a section of Introduction to Non-Western Art, and Egyptian Art and Architecture, and offered a travel version of History of Art II.  Currently, he developed and teaches the Independent Study version of History of Art I.  After a faculty-exchange in Ecuador during Summer 2010, his most recent interests include the colonial Quito School and the 20th-century painter Oswaldo Guayasamín.

Brooke White

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Imaging Arts

MFA, Cornell University
BFA, Alfred University



Brooke White is both a practicing artist and an educator who specializes in fine art photography. White has exhibited her photographs and videos nationally and internationally including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, MASSMoCA and the DiVA Art Fair in New York, Paris and Berlin. Much of her work, both photographic and video, is created while traveling in areas such as East Africa, South East Asia, South America and the deep south of the United States.

White’s work analyzes the ways in which disease, tourism, agriculture and politics effect our connection to the landscape. Most recently White has been photographing in Central Asia looking at the ways that globalization effects our connection to place and the landscape. White’s work combines cutting edge digital strategies found in the most contemporary photography today with traditional imaging techniques used in black and white photography.

Over the years White has received several grants and residencies, which have helped her pursue her artwork in various parts of the world. Most recently she was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Bangalore, India where she was a Visiting Artist at the Center for Experimental Media at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

As an educator White teaches traditional Black and White photography, digital photography, digital video, alternative photographic processes and large format digital printing at the graduate and undergraduate level. In the classroom White encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to art making that combines traditional analog techniques with the newest digital strategies. White is concerned with bringing together practice, concept and context and through thematically based project students gain an understanding of the past, present and future of lens based image making.


Dr. Nancy Wicker

Professor of Art History
Medieval Art History and Archaeology

MA, PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, Eastern Illinois University


My interdisciplinary research focuses on the art of Scandinavia during the Early Medieval Period, from the Migration Period of the 5th and 6th centuries through the Viking Age, c. 750–1100. Here are various projects in which I’ve been involved:


Finding the Vikings in Viking art: National Humanities Center Fellow

The study of Viking-Age art has been dominated by formalistic investigation of abstracted animal-style art, but I focus on the roles of people in Viking-Age art. While I was on sabbatical during the 2016–2017 academic year, I was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle, North Carolina. As a Fellow, I had the opportunity to investigate patrons and clients who sponsored or purchased the art, artists and artisans who made the works, men and women who used and viewed the objects, and also the humans and anthropomorphic deities who were the subjects depicted in Viking-Age art.


Project Andvari: supported by the NEH

I am co-director of Project Andvari, an international collaborative project to create a free digital portal that will provide online integrated access to dispersed collections of early medieval artifacts (4th–12th centuries). With funding support from a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, Level II, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (HD-248511), we are producing a pilot platform that will feature initial data sets from The British Museum, the Swedish National Heritage Board’s Kringla database, and Norwich Castle Museum.


Broken bracteates: collaboration with UMMC

With a colleague at the University of Mississippi Medical Center who researches material failures, I am studying damaged Migration Period gold pendants called bracteates to determine which ones show breakage due to metal fatigue and which ones were damaged as the result of violence. To examine damaged metal objects, I made impressions of torn surfaces of gold jewelry in the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, using polyvinyl siloxane (PVS)—the blue and pink material that dentists use to make impressions of teeth. Then the impressions are examined using an electron microscope to view breakage at micro-levels.


From Rome to Scandinavia: Getty Foundation Seminar

From 2011 through 2013, I participated in the Getty Foundation Seminar, “The Arts of Rome’s Provinces” in England, in Greece, and at the Getty Center in Malibu. My focus was on the reception of Roman art in Scandinavia during the Early Medieval Period. I examined how Late Roman medallions inspired bracteates, which were worn by elite women across northern Europe.


Other areas of interest

In the past, I have collaborated with contemporary smiths and jewelers to reconstruct early medieval jewelry techniques, and in the 1990s I excavated at the Viking Age site of Birka in Sweden. I have also published on gender in archaeology, female infanticide during the Viking Age, and runic literacy. I have co-edited three books on gender and archaeology, most recently, Situating Gender in European Archaeologies (Budapest: Archaeolingua, 2010).


Recent publications 

“Decolonizing Gold Bracteates: From Late Roman Medallions to Scandinavian Migration Period Pendants,” in Postcolonising the Medieval Image, edited by Eva Frojmovic and Catherine Karkov. London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 17–36.

“The Reception of Figurative Art beyond the Frontier: Scandinavian Encounters with Roman Numismatic Imagery,” in Rome and the Worlds Beyond Roman Frontiers: The Eleventh Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire, edited by Danielle Slootjes and Michael Peachin. Impact of Empire 21. Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp. 243–256.

“Women in the Roman Iron Age (A.D. 0–400) in Scandinavia,” pp. in Women in Antiquity: Real Women Across the Ancient World, edited by Stephanie Lynn Budin and Jean MacIntosh Turfa. Rewriting Antiquity. London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 1027–1036.

“Roman Medallions in Scandinavia: Shifting Contexts of Space, Time, and Meaning,” in Beyond Boundaries: Connecting Visual Cultures in the Roman Provinces, edited by Susan Alcock, Mariana Egri, and James F. D. Frakes. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016, pp. 232–247.


Recent reviews

Das Thorsberger Moor, vol. 4, Fund- und Forschungsgeschichte, naturwissenschaftliche und materialkundliche Untersuchungen, edited by Claus von Carnap-Bornheim. Schleswig: Schloß Gottorf, 2014. Bonner Jahrbücher 215, 2015, (2016): 533–536.

The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England, by Toby F. Martin. Woodbridge UK and Rochester NY, 2015. Speculum 91:4 (2016): 1138–1139.

Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods of the 6th and 7th Centuries AD: A Chronological Framework, by Alex Bayliss, John Hines, Karen Høilund Nielsen, Gerry McCormac and Christopher Scull, edited by Alex Bayliss and John Hines. The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 33. London: The Society for Medieval Archaeology, 2013. The American Journal of Archaeology 120:1 (2016), DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1201.Wicker


Presentations in 2017

In August, I read a paper on “The Changing Corpus of Danish Viking Art: Animal-style no longer the only game in town,” at the XVIII Viking Congress, in Copenhagen and Ribe, Denmark.

In February, I was invited to present my research on Patrons, Producers and Consumers of Viking-Age Art at Duke University.

In addition, I presented invited papers on various aspects of Roman medallions found in Scandinavia at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Toronto, Canada, and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

I also gave public talks at The National Humanities Center at Research Triangle, North Carolina, in April, and at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota in May.


Honors, fellowships, and grants (summary)

I have been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University and the first woman elected to foreign membership in the Philosophical-historical Section of the Royal Society of Humanities at Uppsala, Sweden. I am also the first (and only) American chosen for membership in the Sachsensymposion, an international archaeological society, and I am one of the very few Americans ever selected to present a paper at the Viking Congress.

My research has been supported by fellowships from the National Humanities Center, American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, as well as grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Numismatic Society, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and several Scandinavian sources.


Service to professional societies

Currently I am a Co-Chair of the international working party, Archaeology of Gender in Archaeology, and I serve on the Runic Advisory Group for the International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions. I have previously served as an Associate Editor of the journal Medieval Archaeology (London), President of the Society of Historians of Scandinavia, on the Executive Council of The Medieval Academy of America and on the boards of the International Center of Medieval Art and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.



I am teaching AH 336/Anth 336 Viking Art and Archaeology during the fall of 2017.

In the spring of 2018, I will offer AH 338/538 Romanesque and Gothic Art.

Courses at The University of Mississippi:
AH 101 Introduction to Art (not for art or art history majors)
AH 201 History of Art I (Honors)
AH 332 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art
AH 334 Early Medieval Art and Archaeology (cross-listed with Anth 332)
AH 336 Viking Art and Archaeology (cross-listed with Anth 336)
AH 338 Romanesque and Gothic Art
AH 401 Research and Writing in Art
AH 408 Seminar in Art History
AH 508 Seminar in Art History (for graduate students)
AH 532 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art (for graduate students)
AH 534 Early Medieval Art and Archaeology (for graduate students)
AH 536 Viking Art and Archaeology (for graduate students)
AH 538 Romanesque and Gothic Art (for graduate students)