Carey Gibbons

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Visiting Assistant Professor History of Art and Design 718.636.3598 p Brooklyn Campus, East Hall 2

Current Course Listing (2)

21/SP-HAD-112-02 Themes in Art and Culture II

21/SP-HAD-365-04 History of Communications Design

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B.A., Art History, Columbia University
M.A., History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art
Ph.D., History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art


Carey Gibbons recently finished her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her dissertation, "The Limits of the Body in Victorian Illustration: Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys," focuses on the illustrations of Hughes and Sandys, two artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. The dissertation positions Hughes's preoccupation with the transformative and multiple properties of the body against Sandys's interest in the body's expansion and replication. Her approach crosses disciplines, engaging with illustrations in relation to Victorian art, literature, science, religion, and gender constructions.

In addition to researching and completing publications on the field of Victorian illustration, she has taken on a variety of projects that have allowed her to develop her broader interest in illustration and works on paper. She co-curated the exhibition, "Enchanted Vision: The Arthur Rackham Collection," at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2018. From 2016-17 she worked as a Curatorial Fellow at the Fisk University Galleries in Nashville, where she curated the exhibition, "Prentiss Taylor Lithographs: Shifting Viewpoints." She is currently completing publication projects related to Prentiss Taylor's involvement with the field of psychiatry, representations of the female body in Art Deco fashion illustration, and the fantasy landscapes of the Glasgow School-affiliated illustrator Jessie Marion King.

She is interested in online forms of engagement with art and design and is currently the Digital Humanities Editor for the journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. Additionally, she has experience working at a variety of museums, including the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She also has experience teaching art and design history courses at the Courtauld Institute of Art, New York City College of Technology, Belmont University, and Memphis College of Art.