CHARLES ANTHONY STEWART
Ph.D. 2008 Indiana University–Bloomington, History of Art.
M.A. 2000 University of York (England), Medieval Archaeology.
B.A. 1997 University of Missouri–Columbia, Art History & Archaeology, minor in Fine Art (painting); research year abroad 1995-6, University of Manchester (England), Classical Archaeology.
2020–present. Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art & Architecture, Benedictine College (Kansas)
2014–2020. Chair, Art History Program, University of St. Thomas (UST) (Houston, Texas)
2016–2020. Associate Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture, Department of Fine Arts & Drama, UST (Houston, Texas)
2009–2015. Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture, UST (Houston, Texas)
2008–2009. Visiting Assistant Professor, Art Department, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
2001–2008. Instructor of Record and Associate Instructor; Indiana University, Bloomington
2020-present. Research Affiliate, Lanier Center for Archaeology, Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN)
2017–Present. Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences.
2015–2020 Research Affiliate, Tandy Institute of Archaeology, Fort Worth, Texas
2007–present Researcher, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), Nicosia
Awards and Honors
2020 – Nominee, St. Thomas Aquinas Faculty Teaching Award, UST; Research Grant (Kazakhstan and Cyprus), The Friends of Archaeology, Houston; Travel Grant from the Society for the Exploration of Eurasia (Switzerland)
2019 – Nominee, Piper Professor Award (Office of the Comptroller, State of Texas), Research Grant (Kazakhstan and Turkey), The Friends of Archaeology, Houston
2018 – Research Grant (Kazakhstan), The Friends of Archaeology
2017 – Nominee, St. Thomas Aquinas Faculty Teaching Award, UST
2016 – CAARI-CAORC Research Fellowship [Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (Boston) and Council of American Overseas Research Centers (Washington D.C.); Research Grant (Kazakhstan, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus), The Friends of Archaeology, Houston; Research and Publication Grant (FDC), University of St. Thomas.
2015 – Saint-Edith Stein Award for Excellence in Research (highest award granted by the University of St. Thomas for faculty research annually); Research Grant (Bulgaria), The Friends of Archaeology, Houston; Research and Publication Grant (FDC), University of St. Thomas.
2014 – Research Grant (Rome & Apulia, Italy), The Friends of Archaeology, Houston; Research and Publication Grant (FDC), University of St. Thomas.
2013 – Research Grant (Greece), The Friends of Archaeology, Houston.
2012 – Research Grant (Cyprus), The Friends of Archaeology, Houston.
2011 – Teaching Excellence Grant, Center for Faculty Excellence, University of St. Thomas.
2010 – Research Travel Grant, Faculty Development Committee, University of St. Thomas.
2008 – College Art Association (CAA) Professional Development Fellowship (2nd Place).
2007 – Samuel H. Kress Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (Society of Architectural Historians).
2007 – Louise McNutt Research Fellowship (College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University).
2006 – William Fulbright Foreign Fellowship (Cyprus Fulbright Commission and IIE).
2006 – Anita O’Donovan Fellowship (Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute).
2006 – Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Research Grant (Medieval Academy of America).
2005 – Professor Ulrich A. Middeldorf Fellowship (Indiana University Art Museum).
2005 – Doctoral Student Grants-in-Aid of Research Award (Indiana University).
2004 – Friends of Art Society/History of Art Department Research Fellowship (Indiana University).
2003 – Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) (US Department of Education).
2002 – Friends of Art Society/History of Art Department Research Grant (Indiana University).
1998 – Thomas E. Ward Fund, Scholarship (British Schools & Universities Foundation, Inc.).
1998 – Richard A. & Kathleen B. May Fund, Scholarship (BSUF, Inc.).
1996 – Arthur Langmeier Scholarship (University of Missouri, Columbia).
Courses (Designed and Taught)
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Survey of Western Art I (Prehistory, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greek, Roman, Jewish, Islamic, Medieval)
Survey of Western Art II (Renaissance through Contemporary Art)
Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology
Roman Art and Architecture
The Archaeology and Architecture of the Holy Land
The Art and Architecture of Eastern Christianity (Coptic, Maronite, Armenian, Syriac, etc.)
Art of Late Antiquity
Iconography of Christian Art
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Islamic Art and Architecture
Early Medieval Art (Hiberno-Saxon, Viking, Carolingian, and Ottonian)
Late Medieval Art (Romanesque and Gothic)
History of Aesthetics and Sublimity
History of Creativity and Innovation
Domes of Heaven: The Domed Basilicas of Cyprus. Published Dissertation (Ann Arbor: UMI, 2008) (ISBN: 978-0-54975-556-2)
Book (Co-Authored and Edited)
Religions of Central Asia and Azerbaijan, Volume IV: Christianity. English-translation editor, with assistance from translator Z. Kudabayeva and Project Manager, D.A. Voyakin. Second expanded and revised edition (Samarkand and Tashkent: UNESCO and the International Institute for Central Asian Studies, 2021).
Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: Art and Archaeology from Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion. Managing editor, with editorial assistance from Annemarie Weyl Carr and Tom W. Davis. CAARI Monograph Series, no. 5/ Archaeological Report Series (ARS), no. 20 (Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2014) (ISBN: 978-0-89757-073-2) (peer-reviewed)
English translation of Παραλίμνι: Ο Ναός του Αγίου Γεώργιου/Paralimni: The Church of St. George by Dr. Sophocles Sophocleus (Nicosia: Centre of Cultural Heritage/Metropolitan Church, 2009)
“Iconography of Syriac Gravestones in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan”, Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia, eds. Li Tang and D. Winkler (Vienna: Lit Verlag and the University of Salzburg, forthcoming 2021)
“Ili Valley Settlement: Trade along the Northern Silk Route” (with S. Gilbert), Cultures in Contact: Central Asia as Focus of Trade, Cultural Exchange and Knowledge Transmission, eds. S. Ecklin and C. Baumer [Schriften Zur Vorderasiatischen Archaologie] (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz and the University of Bern, forthcoming 2021)
Chapter 2: “Usharal-Ilibalyk: The discovery of a new medieval Christian community on the Ili River” (with S. Gilbert), Christianity [Religions of Central Asia and Azerbaijan 4], ed. D. Voyakin (Tashkent: IICAS, forthcoming 2021)
Chapter 2: “The Architectural Design of St. Anthony at Kellia (Cyprus)”, The Art and Architecture of St. Anthony, Kellia, Cyprus, ed. by O. Perdiki (Nicosia, Department of Antiquities, forthcoming 2021)
“Development of the Domed-Hall Church in Byzantine Cyprus”, in Architecture, Sacred Space and Visual Culture in the Late Antique and Medieval Mediterranean: Studies in Honor of Robert G. Ousterhout, edited by V. Marinis, A. Papalexandrou, and J. Pickett (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021): 163-178.
“Expressing Christian Identity on the Silk Road” (with T.W. Davis), Religions of Kazakhstan and Central Asia on the Great Silk Road, ed. K. Baipakov (Paris: UNESCO, forthcoming 2021)
Chapter 1: “Fresco-painting in Early Byzantine Cyprus,” in Melusine of Cyprus: Studies in Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr, ed. I. Christoforaki, J. Andrews, and A. McCarthy (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2021)
Chapter 22: “Development of Byzantine Monuments within the Natural Environment,” in Environment, landscape and society: diachronic perspectives on settlement patterns in Cyprus [CAARI Monograph Series: 6] (Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, forthcoming 2021)
Chapter 2.4: “Churches,” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology, eds. T. Davis, W. Caraher and D. Pettegrew (Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2019): 128-146.
“Modular Design in the Vaulting of Early Byzantine Cisterns and Reservoirs,” in Against Gravity, ed. by R. Ousterhout, L. Haselberger, and R. Holod (Philadelphia: Center for Ancient Studies/University of Pennsylvania, 2016) (peer-reviewed)
Chapter 7: “The Fortification of Cyprus within the Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire (965-1185),” ‘Byzantium’ in Transition, Volume 2: Middle to Late Byzantine or Early Frankish era, 12th – 13th centuries, edited by Athanasios Vionis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
Chapter 16: “Early Byzantine Military Architecture in Cyprus,” The Archaeology of Late Antique and Byzantine Cyprus (4th – 12th centuries AD): [Centre d’études Chypriotes, Cahier 43], ed. by Maria Parani and Demetrios Michaelides (Paris: De Boccard, 2013), 287-306 (peer-reviewed)
Chapter 2 (with Thomas Davis): “A Brief History of Byzantine Archaeology on Cyprus” and Chapter 8: “Architectural Development in Byzantine Cyprus,” in Cyprus and the Balance of Empires (see entry above), 17-27, 107-134 (peer-reviewed)
Chapter 8: “The Development of Byzantine Architecture on Cyprus,” in Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: (see entry above), 107-134 (peer-reviewed)
Chapter 27: “Flying Buttresses & Pointed Arches in Byzantine Cyprus,” in Masons At Work, ed. by R. Ousterhout, L. Haselberger, and R. Holod (Philadelphia: Center for Ancient Studies/University of Pennsylvania, 2012) (peer-reviewed )
“The Four-Petal Almond Rosette in Central Asia,” Bulletin of IICAS (International Institute for Central Asian Studies, UNESCO) 30 (2020), 69-88. Russian language version as: Чарльз Энтони Стюарт, “Четырехлепестковая миндалевидная розетка в Центральной Азии”, Вестник МИЦАИ 30 (2020): 71-90.
“The Christian Community of Medieval Ilibalyk: Initial Archaeological Investigations of a Medieval Site in Southeastern Kazakhstan” (with D. Voyakin and S. Gilbert), История и археология Турана № 5 [History and Archaeology of Turana 5 (Samarkand)] (2020): 356-367.
“A Byzantine Image of Alexander: Literature in Stone,” Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus. New Series 1 (Nicosia: Government Publications, 2018), 141-201.
“Architectural Innovation in Early Byzantine Cyprus,” Architectural History 57 [published by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, London] (2014): 1-29.
“The First Vaulted Churches in Cyprus,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 69.2 (June, 2010): 162-189.
“The Nail Trade in Missouri: Archaeological Evidence at the Hickman House,” Missouri Folklore Society Journal 22 (2000):1-12.
“The Barrel-Vaulted Basilicas of Cyprus,” Proceedings of the 4th International Cyprological Congress, Lefkosia, 29 April –3 May 2008, vol. 2 (Nicosia: Etaireīa Kypriakōn Spoudōn, forthcoming)
Brief Articles and Book Reviews
“Stained Glass: Better to Illuminate than to Merely Shine,” Evangelization & Culture 3 (Word on Fire Institute) (forthcoming 2021)
“Andy Warhol Captures Bold History at UST,” Encounter (Houston: University of ST. Thomas, 2018): 2-6.
Review of Rachel Hachlili, Ancient Synagogues – Archaeology and Art (Leiden: Brill, 2013), in The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, forthcoming 2017.
“First International Conference on Byzantine Cyprus,” CAARI News 41 (Spring 2011)
“Agios Georgios and the Domed-Hall Churches of Cyprus,” Byzantine Studies: 36th Annual
Conference Abstracts 36 (University of Pennsylvania, 2010): 37-38.
“Domes of Heaven,” Bulletin of British Byzantine Studies 35 (2009): 81-82.
“The Churches of St. Barnabas and St. Lazarus in Cyprus,” Byzantine Studies: 34th Annual Conference Abstracts 34 (Rutgers University, 2008): 57.
“The Barrel-Vaulted Basilicas of Cyprus,” Περιλήψεις Ανακοινώσεων: Abstracts of the 4th International Cyprological Congress, 29 April –3 May 2008 (Nicosia: Etaireīa Kypriakōn Spoudōn, 2008):182-184.
“The Multiple-domed Basilicas of Cyprus: Date and Significance,” Byzantine Studies: 33rd Annual Conference Abstracts 33 (University of Toronto, 2007): 91.
Review of Charles Stephenson (ed.), Castles: A History of Fortified Structures: Ancient, Medieval & Modern (London: St. Martin, 2011) in The Medieval Review, 2012.
Oculus: Journal for the History of Art, volumes 6 and 7 (Indiana University, 2002-2004)
Published Diagrams, Images, and Plans
Mullett and R. G. Ousterhout. The Holy Apostles: A Lost Monument, a Forgotten Project, and the Presentness of the Past (Washington DC: Harvard University and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, 2020): 219.
R. Ousterhout, Eastern Medieval Architecture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019): 289.
L. Calvelli, “Cypriot Origins,” in Identity/Identities in Late Medieval Cyprus, ed. T. Papacostas and G. Saint-Guillan (Nicosia: King’s College, University of London, and the Cyprus Research Center, 2014): 382, 385-387.
J. Hittinger and D. Wagner, Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2015): cover.
In Preparation (in order of completion)
Christianity on the Silk Road: Recent Excavations at Ilibalyk (with D. Voyakin, T. Davis, S. Ortiz, and S. Gilbert) (book, peer-reviewed, forthcoming)
Visual Culture in Late Antique Cyprus (book forthcoming)
“The Cathedral of St. Epiphanius in Salamis-Constantia,” Monograph.
“Agios Georgios and the Domed-hall Basilicas of Cyprus.” Long article.
“Enshrining Byzantine Architecture: The Gothic Cathedral of St. George, Famagusta.” Long article.
“Eighth and Ninth Century Fresco painting in Cyprus,” Long article.
“Ancient Precursors to the Pantokrator,” Long article.
“Some Observations on the Development of Byzantine Cities in Cyprus.” Long Article
Divine Wisdom: in Theology, Art, and Architecture. Book.
The Secular Architecture of Byzantine Cyprus. Book.
The Art and Architecture of Byzantine Cyprus. Book.
“The Fate of the Byzantine Frescos Formerly in the Menil Collection,” Short Article.
“Sacred Spaces in Houston’s Museum District.” Short Article.
A History of Early Christian Art & Architecture. Book.
A History of Byzantine Art & Architecture. Book.
Invited Lectures and Keynote Presentations
“Fighting the Illicit Byzantine Antiquities Trade”, Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (3/17/2020, postponed to 3/17-20/2022)
“The Earliest Christian Art and Architecture in Southwest Asia Minor”, 12th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend, La Sierra University (Riverside, California) (11/15-17/2020, postponed to 2021)
“Mass Production Techniques in Byzantine Cyprus”, lecture sponsored by the Jaharis Family Foundation, St. Vladimir’s Seminary (NY), 46th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (forthcoming 10/22-25/2020, postponed to 2021)
“How Archaeology of the Past is Pointing to Architecture of the Future”, Friends of Archaeology, Zoom Conference (12/13/2020)
“Art on the Silk Road – How global approaches are rewriting history”, Department of Art History, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (2/24/2020)
“Architecture as Symbol: Synagogue and Church Typology”, 11th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend, La Sierra University (Riverside, California) (11/17/2019)
“Beauty and the Christian Imagination”, Sacred Art History Program, St. Michael Catholic School, Houston (10/24/2019)
“Archaeology on the Silk Road: Discovering the Lost City of Ilibalyk,” Archaeological Institute of America, University of Missouri (Columbia) (10/17/2019)
“More Discoveries on the Silk Road: Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity in Central Asia”, 27th Annual Lecture in Honor of Fr. Bader, Friends of Archaeology, Ahern Room, UST, Houston (3/24/2019)
“Fountains of Life: Cisterns, Aqueducts, and Nymphaea in Byzantine Cyprus,” C3A Archaeology Society, Water Museum, Limassol (Cyprus) (6/13/18)
“Early Christian Art and Archaeology of Egypt”, Lanier Theological Library, Houston, Texas (5/25/18)
“Ireland’s Role in Europe in the so-called Dark Ages”, Irish Studies and the Friends of Archaeology, Jones Hall, UST, Houston, Texas (4/15/2018)
“Christian Art in Central Asia”, Christianity on the Silk Road Conference, Tandy Institute of Archaeology, Fort Worth, Texas in conjunction with the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Conference (SWCRS) (3/8/2018)
“Expressing Christian Identity on the Silk Road” (with Thomas W. Davis), International Conference “Religions of Kazakhstan and Central Asia on the Great Silk Road” (UNESCO and the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, Almaty 6/11-12/2017)
“Cyprus and the Development of Early Byzantine Fresco Painting”, for Byzantine Masterpieces: Conference in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr (CAARI and the University of Athens, Nicosia, 5/18-21/2017)
Keynote: “Secrets of the Silk Road: Discovery of the Lost City of Ilanbaliq”, 26th Annual Heinrich Schliemann Lecture, The Friends of Archaeology, Houston (4/30/17)
“In the Eye of The Storm: Archeology in the Midst of War in Syria” (with Dr. Giorgio Buccellati and Dr. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Cotsen Institute of Archeology, UCLA), Museum of Natural Science, Houston, and Crossroads Cultural Center (4/20/2017)
“Serdica: A Northern Roman Frontier City,” Friends of Archaeology, Houston (2/25/16)
“The Architecture of Famagusta, Cyprus,” Houston Archeological Society (11/19/15)
“The Archaeology of Christianity prior to Constantine’s Edit of Toleration,” the Tandy Institute for Archaeology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (10/22/2015)
“The Origins of Christian Art and Architecture,” Tandy Institute for Archaeology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (10/22/2015)
“The Archaeological Ghosts of Gothic Famagusta,” Fort Bend Archeological Society, Richmond, Texas (11/18/14)
“Symbols of Wisdom in Architectural Iconography,” The Carl Jung Center, Houston (10/23/14)
“The Colossus of Barletta and the Concept of Kosmocracy,” The Friends of Archaeology, University of St. Thomas, Houston (9/28/14)
“Physical Transcendence: Modern Art and the Rise of Neo-Thomism,” Beran Library, St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston (10/21/13)
“The Architecture of Human Proportions: Polykleitos, Philip Johnson, and Kasimir Malevich,” Modern Architecture Tour Plans 2013 (Travelrite International of Victoria, Australia), Houston (10/12/13)
“The Fortification of Cyprus within the Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire (965-1185),” ‘Byzantium’ in Transition, 2nd of 3 International Conferences, Middle to Late Byzantine or Early Frankish era, 12th – 13th centuries, Paros Island (Greece) (5/ 24-26, 2013)
“Understanding Byzantine Identity on Cyprus through Art and Archaeology,” (presented in absentia) International Conference: Cypriot Identities Across Millennia, hosted by the Association for Historical Research and Dialogue of Nicosia (9/7/12)
“The Gothic Ghost Town of Famagusta,” The Friends of Archaeology, Houston (3/25/12)
“The Menil Byzantine Frescos,” Department of Fine Arts and the Catholic Studies Program, University of St. Thomas, Houston (2/16/2012)
“The Place of Agios Euphemianos in Byzantine Architectural History,” Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Menil Collection, Houston (2/19/2012)
“The Development of Byzantine Cities on Cyprus,” Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia (10/26/2011)
“Imprinting the Divine,” (with Annemarie Weyl Carr and Bertrand Davesac) The Menil Collection Museum, (10/21/11), held in conjunction with the exhibition “Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian Icons, 21 October 2011—18 March 2012,” Houston.
“The Cities of Byzantine Cyprus and the Latin Levant,” Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Washington, D.C.), for the Study Day entitled Cyprus from Byzantium to the Renaissance (3/31-4/1/11), held in conjunction with the exhibition “Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilization, September 29, 2010—May 1, 2011” at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History.
“Architectural Development in Byzantine Cyprus,” International Conference: Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: From Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion,” Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, (01/6-10/2011)
“When Salamis became Constantia: Reconstructing a Byzantine capital city,” Art History Lecture Series, Blanton Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin (4/26/10)
“A City Transformed: The Medievalization of Salamis-Constantia, Cyprus,” Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH (02/05/09)
“After the Plunder: The Arab invasion of Salamis and the Catalyst of Architectural Innovation,” Monthly lecture series, WSBA Archaeological Society, British Western Sovereign Base Area, Episkopi, Cyprus (02/22/07)
“At the Crossroads: Jerusalem’s Architecture in the First Millennium AD,” Keynote address for symposium with same title, Center for Jerusalem Studies (Al-Quds University), Jerusalem (4/25/05)
Selected Papers & Presentations
“Ili Valley Civilization: Urban Development along the Northern Silk Route” (with Dr.S. Gilbert), Central Asian Cultures Conference, University of Bern (Switzerland), Session 7 Chair: Xinjiang and Tuva (forthcoming, 2/15/2020)
“Iconography of Syriac Gravestones in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan”, 6th University of Salzburg (Austria) International Conference on Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia, Almaty (Kazakhstan) (6/27/2019)
“Syriac Gravestones Iconography in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan”, The 8th North American Syriac Symposium, Brown University (Providence, RI) (6/19/2019)
“Architectural Change in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries,” 2018 American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (11/17/2018)
“The Alexander-Heraclius Stele: a Byzantine Sculpture Discovered in Cyprus”, 2017 American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (11/18/2017)
“Development of Byzantine Monuments within the Natural Environment,” for the International Conference: Environment, landscape and society: diachronic perspectives on settlement patterns in Cyprus (CAARI and the University of Nicosia, 2/16-17/2017).
“Crosses on the Silk Road,” Annual Meeting of the SWCRS-ASOR (Southwest Commission on Religious Studies – American Schools of Oriental Research), Dallas (3/10-12/2017)
“Modular Design in the Vaulting of Early Byzantine Cisterns and Reservoirs,” International Symposium: Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World, the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), (3/29/2015)
“Modular Design in the Vaulting of Early Byzantine Cisterns and Reservoirs,” International Symposium: Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World, the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), (3/29/2015)
“The Dating and Significance of Early Byzantine Fortification on Cyprus,” International Conference: The Archaeology of Late Antique And Byzantine Cyprus (4th – 12th Centuries AD): Recent Research And New Discoveries, University of Cyprus, Nicosia (10/19-21/12), in conjunction with the exhibition “Cyprus between Byzantium and the West from the fourth to the sixteenth centuries,” Musée du Louvre, Espace Richelieu (Paris, France) (10/28/2012 to 01/28/2013)
“Enshrining ‘Byzantine’: The Gothic Cathedral of St. George, Famagusta (Cyprus),” 22nd Annual Texas Medieval Association Conference, University of Houston (10/13/12)
“Flying Buttresses and Pointed Arches in Byzantine Cyprus,” International Symposium: Masons at Work, Architecture and Construction in the Pre-Modern World, the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), (3/30 – 1/4/12)
“Cyprus opulentissima: The Gothic Style of Byzantine Orthodox Churches,” 67th Annual Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia (11/10/11)
“Agios Georgios and the Domed-Hall Churches of Cyprus,” 36th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (10/08/10)
“Remodeling Byzantine Architectural Histories” in “Post-colonizing the Medieval Image” at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (Michigan) (05/14/10)
“Painting on the Margins: Eighth and Ninth Century Frescos in Cyprus,” 84th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Chicago (03/27/09)
“The Churches of St. Barnabas and St. Lazarus in Cyprus,” 34th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Rutgers University, NJ (10/18/08)
“The Barrel-Vaulted Basilicas of Cyprus,” 4th International Cyprological Congress, Society of Cypriot Studies, Nicosia, Cyprus (05/02/08)
“The Multiple-domed Basilicas of Cyprus: Date and Significance,” 33th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Toronto, Canada (10/11-14/07)
“Cultivating Antique Culture: the political motivations of Petrarch,” College Art Association 92nd Annual Conference, Seattle, WA (02/20/04)
“The Marriage of Pictura & Aedificatoria: the birth of pictorial space,” The 2003 Graduate Student Conference, The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago, IL (06/13/03)
“Cultivation & propagation of classical tastes in the 14th century,” 13th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN (04/04/03)
Selected Sessions and Conferences organized
“Christianity on the Silk Road Conference,” Tandy Institute of Archaeology, Fort Worth, Texas in conjunction with the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Conference (SWCRS), organized by S. Ortiz and T. W. Davis (3/8/2018)
“Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: From Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion,” Co-chair with Professor Annemarie Weyl Carr, Dr. Helena Wylde Swiny, and Dr. Tom Davis. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, 50th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus (01/3-6/2011)
“The Historiography of Art History: In Honor of Dr. W. Eugene Kleinbauer, upon his Retirement,” Co-chair and organizer, XVIth Annual Graduate Symposium, Bloomington, IN (04/8/06)
“‘Transcultural’ Bodies.” Co-chair and organizer, XIVth Annual Art History Association Graduate Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (03/26-7/04)
“Challenging the Canon.” Co-chair and organizer, XIIth Annual Art History Association Graduate Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (03/02/02)
Research, Excavation, and Field Work
2019 – Field research in Turkey and excavation in Kazakhstan (5/14/19 to 8/1/19)
2018 – Field research in Cyprus and excavation in Kazakhstan (6/1/18 to 8/1/18)
2016-2017 – Sabbatical year. Ilan Balik (near Zharkhent, Kazakhstan) Excavations (a “Nestorian” site). Served as the site expert in medieval architecture. Directed by Dr. Steve Ortiz and Dr. Thomas Davis (Tandy Institute of Archaeology, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas) and Dr. Dimitry Voyakin (Archaeological Expertise, LLP of Almaty), August 1-25. Field research in Turkey, visiting 22 sites, including: Ephesus and Cappadocia (canceled due to political unrest), September 3-20. Field research in Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt; planned research in Syria cancelled to political unrest (15 October – January 5, 2017).
2015 – Investigated the Late Antique and Byzantine artworks in Sofia Bulgaria, as well as the monuments: St. Sofia Basilica, Rotunda of St. George Church, Boyana Church, “Luisa” Basilica, and citadel fortification towers.
2014 – Examined Roman and Byzantine sculpture and architecture in Italy, especially the Colossus of Barletta, Molfetta and Bari Cathedrals, Ognissanti (Valenzano), San Leucio (Canosa), Sant’Ilario and Sta. Sophia (Benevento).
2013 – Analyzed classical and medieval sculptures in museums along the Baltic Sea, primarily in Copenhagen, Talinn, St. Petersburg, and Stockholm. Analyzed classical and medieval sculptures in museums in Athens and the island of Paros (Greece), as well as Byzantine churches, especially Agios Dionysios Areopagitis (Agora), Agios Eleftherios, Daphni monastery, and the Panagia Ekatontapiliani.
2012 – Fresco analysis and architectural survey of Agios Antonios, Kellia (Cyprus)
2006-2007 – Research Fellow, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia (Cyprus). Supplemental research conducted in Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Britain.
2005 – Research Resident, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia (Cyprus). Supplemental research conducted in Israel, France, and Great Britain.
2005-2006 – Provenance Researcher, Indiana University Art Museum, Indiana University Bloomington. Researched collection history (Ancient and Byzantine).
2001-2002 – Researcher, St. Nazaré Cathédrale Excavations (L’Equipe d’Archéologique) Autun (Saône-et-Loire) France, directed by Professors Walter Berry and Sylvie Balcon (Université de Paris IV). Early Medieval cathedral complex. Supplemental research conducted in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.
1999 – Gothic Castle Survey, University of York. France, England, Wales, and Ireland.
1999 – Dolforwyn Castle Excavations, Montgomery, Wales, directed by Dr. L. Butler.
1998 – Tarbat Discovery Programme, Portahomack (Ross), Scotland, directed by Professor Martin Carver. Excavations of a 7th-8th century monastery.
1998 -1999 – Intern (Placement) at the Archaeology Resource Centre (ARC) [now known as DIG], York, England. Exhibit preparation and teaching.
1997-1998 – Hickman House Excavations, University of Missouri Agroforestry & Horticulture Center, New Franklin, Missouri. Directed by Professor Marcus Rautman. 19th century pioneer homestead.
1998 – Intern, Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City, MO. Textile Conservation. Cataloguing, accessioning, & photographing artifacts. Exhibition set-up and Design. Assistant to the Curator of Collections, L. T. Shelton.
Consultant. Rothko Chapel Guild, Houston, Texas, 2017-2020.
Member. Hirsch Art Library Committee, MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), 2014-2020.
Consultant on object research. Menil Collection, Houston, 2009-2020.
Consultant. Menil Collection Highlights Project (Byzantine and Medieval Art), Houston, 2014.
Research Consultant for the Publication: Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian Icons from The Menil Collection, by Annemarie Weyl Carr, Bertrand Davezac, and Clare Elliott (New Haven: Yale University Press and the Menil Collection, 2011)
Consultant and Contributor: “Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian Icons,” Curated by Annemarie Weyl Carr (with Claire Elliott), The Menil Collection, 21 October 2011—18 March 2012,” Houston.
Respondent. Workshop entitled “Byzantine Art: Things in the World, The Menil Collection, Houston, in preparation for the exhibition of the same name, slated for 21 October 2013—18 March 2014,” Curated by Dr. Glenn Peers and Dr. Kristina Van Dyke.
Consultant. Byzantine Fresco Chapel website, Menil Collection. 2011-12.
Interviewed for documentary film on Byzantine Fresco Chapel. Menil Foundation. 12/08/2012.
Reader. Exhibition “Upside Down : Arctic Realities” April 15, 2011– July 17, 2011, (curated by Dr. Edmund Carpenter) at the Menil Collection, Houston (7/17/2011).
Senator, Faculty Council. Representing Studio Art, Drama, Music, and Library Faculty, 2017-2020.
Member, Curriculum Committee, Representing Art, Drama, and Communications, 2018-2020.
Member, Core Curriculum Review Committee, 2014–present, chaired by Dean Fr. Pilsner.
Member, Calendar Committee, 2013–present, chaired by Kimberly Sanders.
Member, Retention Committee, 2011-2014, chaired by Patricia McKinley.
Member, Retention subcommittee “Students at Risk,” 2011-2012, chaired by Ric Montolongo.
Member, Chapel of St. Basil Committee, 2010-2013.
Member, Drama Faculty Search Committee, 2010-2011, chaired by Claire McDonald.
Member, Doherty Collection/Reference Librarian Search Committee, 2011.
Member, Beran Library Director Search Committee, 2012, chaired by Jim Piccininni.
Member, Doherty Library, Public Librarian Search Committee, 2012, chaired by Jim Piccininni.
Lecturer. Women, Culture, and Society (WCS) Program, directed by Brooke Deely.
Curator, Bader Collection of Archaeology, University of St. Thomas.
Faculty Liaison, Friends of Archaeology, Houston, 2011-2015.
Professional Service (peer reviews omitted)
2015 – Reviewer for publisher Prentice Hall (Pearsons Academic), Boston; Consulted regarding textbook by the publisher Thames & Hudson, London; Consultant for a historical documentary series, Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, by Nutopia Films, London (UK), regarding Early Christian and Byzantine relics and monuments to air on CNN International in May 2017.
2012 – Testified to the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State, Washington, D.C. regarding the “Memorandum of Understanding” between USA and the Republic of Cyprus on Byzantine Art import restrictions (1/18/12). Continued consultation with Andrew Cohen, Senior Cultural Property Analyst regarding Bulgarian Byzantine Art.
2010-2011 – Organizing committee member for the Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Houston (plans currently suspended), sponsored by BSANA, Menil Collection, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, University of Texas (Austin).
2009-present – Advisor to the Schaeffer Library at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia; incorporating the collections of Andreas and Judith Stylianou Library of Byzantine Art and Architecture and the Anatolian Archaeology Library.
2006-2011 – Designer and Instructor of the “Ancient through Medieval Art History” Online/Correspondence course, Indiana University School of Continuing Studies.
Broadcasts, Press, and Interviews
Archaeological Expertise, LLP (2020, December 20) Christians of the East – The Untold Story Along the Silk Road. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy5Ub18RCO4
Diane Cowen. “Houston launched career of complicated architect Philip Johnson”, Houston Chronicle (12/21/2018)
Charles A. Stewart. “Monuments Bathed in Red”, Commentary and News, The Cardinal Newman Society (February 27, 2018). https://newmansociety.org/monuments-bathed-red/
“Catholic Masterpieces in Houston”, HoustonAlive! (Episodes 1 to 3), hosted by Larry Massey, KSHJ (1430AM). First broadcast aired on 1/1/2018; podcasts posted at http://houstonalive.org/
Unknown Kazakhstan, Episode 6, produced by Kazkh TV (Khabar Agency), Astana. Broadcasted 6/25/2017 nationally (in Kazakh and Russian) and on satellite in 117 countries through Eutelsat, Globe Cast and RRsat (in Russian and English):click here
Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, Episode 205 “Raising Lazarus”, produced by Nutopia Films, London (UK), aired on CNN International, 3/12/2017, 9 pm EST: https://vimeo.com/180872662
“Church where Christ was buried to get makeover: Houston scholar monitor renovations,” KPRC-NBC Channel 2 News at 10 pm (Houston). Aaron Wische, Senior Executive Producer (broadcasted on Tuesday, 5 July 2016): http://www.click2houston.com/news/church-where-christ-was-buried-to-get-makeover .
Menachem Wecker, “What Does Burning Korans Mean in the Digital Age?” Houston Chronicle (Friday, October 1, 2010): F3.
“2008 College Art Association Awards for Distinction,” CAA News 33.2 (March 2008): 12-13.
Thomas W. Davis, “What’s in a Name? CAARI at Thirty,” Near Eastern Archaeology 71.1/2 (March-June, 2008): 16-20
C. A. Stewart, “Domed Basilicas of Cyprus,” CAARI News 34 (Fall 2007): 5.
Thomas Davis, “Director’s Corner,” CAARI News 33 (Spring 2007): 3.
Lindsey Landis, “Ph.D. Candidate Solving History’s Mysteries Abroad,” Indiana Daily Student (Newspaper) (Thursday, September 28, 2006):4-5.
Thomas W. Davis, “Director’s Corner,” CAARI News 32 (Summer 2006): 7.