Professor of Art
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Barbara Kellum received her bachelor of arts and master of arts in history from the University of Southern California, her masters in art history from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in the history of art from Harvard University.
At Smith Professor Kellum teaches a wide range of courses on the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean world, the occasional film and art history course, and a First Year Seminar On Display: Museums, Collections and Exhibitions in which students gain a behind the scenes understanding of museum practice at the Smith College Museum of Art.
Her field of scholarly expertise is the visual culture of the ancient Roman world. Her publications focus on everything from imperial building complexes to the shop signs and graffiti of Pompeii. Recent publications include the chapter on Imperial Messages in the 2015 The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture and a chapter on the notorious painting of the fertility god Priapus at the front door of the house of the freedmen Vettii in Pompeii which will appear in 2015-16 University of Michigan Press volume Obscenities: Their Nature and Use in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds. Professor Kellum is at work on Winning Hearts & Minds: Augustan Visual Strategies which presents a new interpretation of the Porticus of Octavia and its neighbors in Augustan Rome.