Art Faculty — Karen Blough
Karen Blough joined the SUNY Plattsburgh art faculty in 1999. Prof. Blough received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1995 with a doctoral thesis entitled Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Codex Barberini latinus 711: A Late Tenth-Century Illustrated Gospel Lectionary from Reichenau. She has regularly presented her work on early medieval manuscript illumination and female abbatial patronage in the Middle Ages at several professional conferences, including among others the Medieval Academy, the St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, the International Medieval Congress at Leeds (Great Britain), and the Annual International Conference on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo (Michigan). Prof Blough has recently served as a peer reviewer for the journals Gesta and Speculum, for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and for Ashgate Publishing and Wadsworth Publishing. She teaches courses on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art as well as book art and, as the first recipient of the Rabin Fellowship in Judaic Perspectives, Jewish art in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
- Ph.D., Rutgers University
- Ancient Art
- Medieval Art
- Renaissance Art
- Jewish Art
- Art of the Book
Areas of Specialization
- Medieval art
- Manuscript illumination
- Ivory carving
- Issues of patronage
- “Ottonian Art,” Oxford Bibliographies Online, www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com
- “The Abbatial Effigies at Quedlinburg: A Convent’s Identity Reconfigured” (Gesta 47/2 , 147-169)
- Review of Jutta Frings and Jan Gerchow, eds., Krone und Schleier: Kunst aus mittelalterlichen Frauenklöstern, Studies in Iconography/ 28 (2007), 281-284
- “The Princess-Abbesses of Essan and the Golden Virgin” De Re Metallica: The Uses of Metal in the Middle Ages, ed. R. Bork, Ashgate: Aldershot, Hants, 2005, 147-161.
Selected Recent Presentations
- "The Imperial Stone: Porphyry and the Genesis of the Ottonian Empire," International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 9, 2014.
- "Tomb Sculptures as Vehicles of Communal Identity in the Convent of St. Servatius at Quedlinburg," Forty-Ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11, 2014.
- “Girl Talk: Images of Learned Women in an Early Medieval Monastary,” Eighty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Scottsdale, Arizona, April 14-16, 2011.
- “Playing to the Crowd: Imperial Donations and Their Audiences in Medieval Essen,” Forty-Fourth Annual International Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10, 2009.
- “Fit for a King: Carolingian and Ottonian Display Strategies,” Forty-Third Annual International Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 8, 2008.
Selected Recent Awards
- SUNY Plattsburgh Individual Development Award
- SUNY Plattsburgh Winkel Faculty Development Award
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
Office: Myers Fine Arts 211
Phone: (518) 564-2468