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Faculty - Art History

Sherry Lindquist


Assistant Professor, Art History

Office: 31 Garwood Hall

Phone: 309•298•2634


About the Artist

Sherry C.M. Lindquist came to WIU in 2012. She specializes in medieval and Renaissance visual culture with teaching and research interests in artistic identity, cultural exchange, gender, sexuality, theories of perception, illuminated manuscripts, late medieval Burgundy, Islamic art, early printing, medievalism, the social history of art, art historical method, and the history of museums.

Her work has been recognized by fellowships and grants from the Newberry Library, the Kress Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission, among others.

She is the author of Agency, Visuality and Society at the Chartreuse de Champmol (Ashgate, 2008); and the editor of The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art (Ashgate, 2012).


Lindquist has also published articles and reviews in scholarly journals such as Church History, Different Visions, Gesta, Manuscripta, Source, Speculum and Studies in Iconography, as well as anthologies on Burgundian art, architecture, medievalism, court art, and medieval manuscripts. Her current work addresses Jean Gerson on art, vernacular theology in visual form, representations of female sexuality, and heretical, obscene and unorthodox imagery in medieval art.

She is a member of the College Art Association, the Medieval Academy of America, the Radical Art Caucus, and the Historians of Netherlandish Art. She is serving on the board of directors of the International Center for Medieval Art (2012-2015), and the advisory board of the Manuscripta conference. She has reviewed manuscripts for scholarly journals, university presses, and grant applications for governmental agencies such as the Fulbright commission and the Austrian Science Fund.

She has presented her research and chaired sessions at numerous national and international conferences and has been invited to speak in venues such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, among others. She gave the Katherine Brown Distinguished Lecture in Art History at Rice University in 2009.

She is fond of the adage, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" -- whether or not it was Albert Einstein who said it.