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Anna Swartwood House

Associate Professor of Art History, University of South Carolina

My research focuses on cross-cultural connections between Renaissance artists and artworks; artists’ biographies; and the reception of art. I am an associate professor of art history at the University of South Carolina, where I teach courses on Renaissance and Baroque art as well as the “caves to cathedrals” art history survey. I received the university's Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award, and I serve as a Pearce Faculty Fellow for the South Carolina Honors College. I am currently completing a book on the enigmatic and genre-bending Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina, and have received fellowships in support of the research and writing from the Renaissance Society of America and the University of South Carolina’s Office of the Provost.

When I’m not in the classroom or in front of my laptop, I love to work on museum exhibitions and public programs. I have given lectures, contributed to publications, and planned exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Columbia Museum of Art.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Art History, University of South Carolina


  • 2011 
    Princeton University, PhD / Art History