Dr. Julia A. Sienkewicz
Office: 311 Olin HallCourses
PhD, University of Illinois, Art and Architectural History of the United States
MA, University of Illinois, Art and Architectural History of the United States
BA, Mount Holyoke College, Art History
Research & Teaching Interests
At Roanoke College, I teach all courses in the Modern and Contemporary Areas, encompassing art and architecture from the eighteenth century through today. I am deeply committed to active learning at all levels of the curriculum, including field-work, in-person study of sites and objects, and service learning.
My primary research area of focus is the Art and Architecture of the United States from ca. 1790-1850, I have additional research interest in British and Modern Italian Art. I am interested in the intersections of art, architecture, and landscape history. My work often engages with transatlanticism, transnationalism, and aesthetic theory of the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. I also have a strong interest in Classical reception and its influence on art and architecture of these centuries. In addition to my primary disciplinary areas of research, I conduct research in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I am also highly-invested in community engaged teaching and research, with current collaborations in Southeast Roanoke and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Currently, I am at work on researching a book about a monumental sculpture commission for the United States Capitol in the 19th Century. This project is currently entitled: Forms of White Hegemony: Transnational Sculptors, Racialized Identity, and the Torch of Civilization, 1836-1865. This research has been supported by the Terra Foundation/American Academy in Rome, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society.
‘More than a Passing Observation’: William Louis Sonntag and Landscape Mania in the United States. Salem, VA: Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Center for Art and Roanoke College, 2022.
“Teaching American Art,” guest edited special issue of Art History Pedagogy and Practice Vol. 6: Issue 1 (Spring 2021) https://academicworks.cuny.edu/ahpp/vol6/iss1/
Epic Landscapes: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor (University of Delaware Press, Studies in Eighteenth Century Art, 2019)
“Art History and its Publics: Weighing the Pedagogical and Research Benefits of Community-Engagement” pg. 49-64 in Socially-Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History. Edited by Cindy Persinger and Azar Rejaie. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan for Springer Nature, 2021.
“Building Community (Art) History in “Standing Together: the Selma Burke Project” co-authored with Ms. Terri Baltimore pg. 251-258 in Socially-Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History. Edited by Cindy Persinger and Azar Rejaie. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan for Springer Nature, 2021.
“John Flaxman Redux: Copying, Homage, and Allusion in the Sketches of Benjamin Henry Latrobe,” The British Art Journal XIX:2 (Winter 2018/2019): 106-113.
“On Place and Displacement: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Immigrant Landscape” British Art Studies, Issue 10, Fall 2018 https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-10/look-first.
“Shattered Landscapes: Revolutionary Ruins in the Virginian Watercolors of Benjamin Henry Latrobe.” Art Inquiries XVII:2 (December 2017): 155-171.
“Against the ‘Coverage’ Mentality: Rethinking Learning Outcomes and the Core Curriculum” in Art History Pedagogy and Practice 1:1 (Fall 2016) http://academicworks.cuny.edu/ahpp/
“Critical Perception: an Exploration of the Cognitive Gains of Material Culture Pedagogy” in Winterthur Portfolio 47:2/3 (Summer/Autumn 2013): 117-138.
“Uniting the Arts and the Academy: a History of the College Art Association Annual Conference,” pgs. 89-128 in The Eye, The Hand, The Mind: 100 Years of The College Art Association, edited by Susan Ball. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011.
“Beyond the Mohawk Warrior: Reinterpreting Benjamin West’s evocations of American Indians,” in Transatlanticism: Identities and Exchanges a special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth-Century, 9 (Autumn 2009) www.19.bbk.ac.uk
Historic American Buildings Survey, Recreation Building, Ellis Island. HABS No. NY-6086-V, 2010. Substantive historical report written for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collection. Published online via the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division:
Historic American Buildings Survey, Recreation Shelters, Ellis Island. HABS No. NY-6086-W, 2010. Substantive historical report written for the HABS collection. Published online via the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ny2380/
Historic American Buildings Survey, Evergreen House (Evergreen Museum and Library). HABS No MD-1167, 2009. Substantive historical report written for the HABS collection. Published online via the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/md1633/
National Historic Landmark Nomination: Congressional Cemetery (Washington Parish Burial Ground), Washington, D.C. Nomination approved at the Spring 2010 meeting of the National Park Service Advisory Board Landmarks Committee and site designated a landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011.
Historic American Buildings Survey. Hill-Stead House (Alfred Atmore Pope home and estate). HABS No CT-472, 2006. Substantive historical report written for the HABS collection. Published online via the Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.ct0689
Historic American Landscapes Survey: Congressional Cemetery (Washington Parish Burial Ground). HALS No. DC-1, 2005. Substantive historical report written for the Historic American Landscapes (HALS) collection. Published online via the Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.dc1018
Major Grants and Fellowships
Terra Foundation Fellow, American Academy in Rome, January-July 2022
Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, June-July 2020
Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society, Awarded for summer 2020, postponed to spring 2022 due to SARS-COV2 pandemic
Winterthur Research Fellow, Winterthur Museum & Country Estates, November-December 2014
Research Fellow, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, September-October 2014
Research Fellow, United States Capitol Historical Society, Architect of the Capitol, May 2011-July 2011
Joshua C. Taylor Postdoctoral Fellow, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, October 2009-June 2010
McNeil Dissertation Fellowship, Winterthur Museum & Country Estates, Fall 2008
Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, September 2007 - August 2008
Available as a Media resource for the following topics
Art and Architecture of the United States; Landscape; Historic Preservation and Documentation; Art of the United States Capitol; Community-Engaged Art History; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (especially for Art History)
Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on
Art and Architecture of the United States; Landscape; Historic Preservation and Documentation; Art of the United States Capitol