Christopher Fulton

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies in Art History


Christopher Fulton received a B.A. degree Magna cum laude at Amherst College with a major in Sociology, M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, and Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University.  He joined the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville in 1999, before which he had taught for nine years at Southern Methodist University.  He has worked as researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and as curator at the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Prof. Fulton has published numerous articles in Renaissance art and is author of An Earthly Paradise: The Medici, Their Art, and the Foundations of Modern Art.  More recently he has investigated Mexican art, with articles on modern and contemporary practice, and co-curated an exhibition of works by David Alfaro Siqueiros.  He is currently preparing books on Siqueiros's creative practice and on Milton Rogovin's photographs of working people.


Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy , Spain, and Northern Europe
Mexican Art
Social History of Art
Theory and Methodology
Interdisciplinary courses in cultural history

Course Offerings

ARTH 203             Introduction to Art                    
ARTH 250             Ancient through Medieval Art      
ARTH 342/542       Mexican Art and Architecture
ARTH 371/571       Italian Renaissance Art, I            
ARTH 372/572       Italian Renaissance Art, II           
ARTH 373/571       Northern Renaissance Art         
ARTH  571             Drawings & Prints                     
ARTH 540             Approaches to Art History                 
ARTH 521/621       Seminar in Modern Mexican Art            
ARTH 541             Modern Perspectives                
ARTH 571/671       Family in Renaissance Art          
ARTH 571/671       Michelangelo & His Age          
ARTH 571/671       Renaissance Drawings              
ARTH 571/671       Renaissance & Baroque Rome    
ARTH 571/671       Making/Meaning in the Visual Art
HON 336               Cultural Origins of Modern Germany      
HON 431/441        Visual Culture of Modern Mexico


“Siqueiros Landscape Painter/Siqueiros paisajista,” Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, September 2010-December (Los Angeles), January-March 2011 (Mexico City), May-September 2011, co-curator and consulting scholar.

"Altars for the Day of the Dead," 21C Museum, Louisville, November 2008, co-organizer and altar designer.

“Westward Traces: Images on Paper from the Dietrich American Foundation,” Allentown Art Museum and four other venues, 1987-89, curator.

“Modernist Idylls: Nature and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1930,” Allentown Art Museum, 1987, curator and co-organizer.

“Pennsylvania Photographers,” Allentown Art Museum, 1987, curator.

Professional Activities

Head, Art History Program, 2005-2013.

Director, KIIS (Kentucky Institute for International Studies) Italy summer program, 2012-present.

Director, KIIS Maya Mexico, 2013-present.

Latin-American & Latino Studies Committee, 2002-2013.

Organizer and host of the annual conference of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies, held in Louisville, October 2012.

Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors, Midwest Association for Latin American Studies, 2010-2013.