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Visual & Performing Arts

Nancy Kay, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Department of Visual and Performing Arts
M. A. Medieval art, Tufts University
Ph. D. Netherlandish Art and Architecture, Brown University

Nancy Kay is the recipient of numerous academic awards including research grants from the Fulbright and Mellon Foundation, as well as the Dutch and Belgian governments. She was also selected to participate in a recent NEH Institute in Washington DC that focused on the study of Ritual and Ceremony in the Late Medieval and Early Modern periods. 

Dr. Kay has presented numerous papers on the history of art and architecture at international congresses and published articles.  Her dissertation is entitled, “The Sacred Public Sculptures of Antwerp: from their Medieval Origins to the French Revolution” and is being revised for publication. 

Her research interests include public sculpture and the negotiation of shared space, iconoclasm, prints, maps, iconoclasm, illuminated and illustrated books, medievalism, and ritual and performance theory.  She has taught a full range of art history courses and now teaches Historiography and Methodologies of Art History” and “The History of Graphic Design” regularly at Merrimack College.