Christa DiMarco is an assistant professor of humanities and director of the First-Year Writing Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since joining the faculty in the Liberal Arts Division in 2009, she has focused on teaching young artists the importance of thinking critically about art. In her writing classes, she teaches students how to analyze works of art so that they may learn to write persuasive interpretations and in turn engage with their respective creative practices more fully. She also teaches nineteenth-century art-history courses and aims to introduce students to the fascinating art, literature, criticism and scholarly discourse of the period.
Professor DiMarco recently finished her dissertation Painting in Paris: Vincent van Gogh, 1886-1888 at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. In her dissertation, she considers Van Gogh’s transition to an avant-garde painting practice, his exhibition strategies, his images of agriculture and industry in Montmartre and Clichy, and his engagement with Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist, and Symbolist theories. She has presented her dissertation research at several conferences, most recently at the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art Graduate-Student Symposium, Impression and Object: A Conference on Critical Theory in the Department of Comparative Literature at CUNY’s Graduate Center, and the Renaissance of Roland Barthes Conference at The Humanities Center at CUNY’s Graduate Center. In 2008, she earned an M.A. in art history at Tyler School of Art, Temple University for her thesis The Color of Vincent van Gogh’s Arlesian Paintings: Baudelairean Ideals, Symbolist Idea. She presented her thesis ideas at two of the annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquiums.
She began her art-history studies with a dedicated studio practice, graduating with honors from the Painting and Drawing Program at The University of the Arts for her thesis Home, an installation inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space.
She is a member of the College Art Association (CAA), Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA), Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), and the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA).
Ph.D. (2015), Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
MA (2008), Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
BFA (2001), Painting and Drawing, The University of the Arts
Class Schedule, Spring 2016
|F||10:00AM - 12:50PM||19th Century Art|
|T||10:00AM - 12:50PM||Symbolist Art|