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 Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
ARTH 270 Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art
ARTH 365 Mexican Art and Architecture
ARTH 371 Italian Renaissance Art I
ARTH 372 Italian Renaissance Art II
ARTH 373 Northern Renaissance Art
ARTH 571 Studies in Renaissance Art
ARTH 574 History of Drawings & Prints
ARTH 541 Theories and Methods of Art History
ARTH 521/621 Topics in Modern Mexican Art
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.