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Siobhan Conaty, Ph.D.

Siobhan Conaty, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair


Dr. Conaty’s research and teaching interests include art and medicine, art and politics, the Irish Renaissance, and gender issues in twentieth century art. Her work has been published in both art history and medical journals and her research has been supported by an NEH Summer Fellowship, the J. Paul Getty Research Institute, the American Academy in Rome, and Penn State School of Medicine.

Dr. Conaty is a member of the Steering Committee on the Section on Medicine and the Arts, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and she is the Historical Perspectives in Art Section Editor of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.  Dr. Conaty has recently been selected as a Keinle Scholar in Medical Humanities from the Penn State School of Medicine.

Areas of Expertise

  • 20th Century European and American Art
  • Art and Medicine
  • WWII Era Art and Politics
  • Gender Issues in Modern Art
  • Irish Art and History


  • Ph.D., Art History, Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A., Art History and Criticism, The State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A., Art History, The Catholic University of America


  • Introduction to Art History
  • Art & Politics WWII
  • Art & Medicine
  • Irish Art & Rebellion
  • Modern Art
  • Art After 1945
  • Women & Art

Selected Publications

“Matisse: Innovation in the Face of Physical Limitation,” The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Emory University School of Medicine, Fall 2016.

“Rembrandt’s Anatomical Portraits,” The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Emory University School of Medicine, Spring 2016.

“Art of This Century: A Transformative Space for Women,” in American Women Artists, eds. Helen Langa and Paula Wisotzki, (Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016) 25-40.

“Frida Kahlo’s Body: Confronting Trauma in Art,” The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Emory University School of Medicine, Summer 2015.

“Religion, Science, and Mysticism in Symbolist Art,” Strategic Ambiguity: The Obscure, Nebulous and Vague in Symbolist Prints, (Philadelphia: La Salle University Art Museum, 2013), Exh. Cat.

“Benedetta Cappa Marinetti and the Second Phase of Futurism” Woman’s Art Journal, Spring/Summer 2009, 19-28.

“Benedetta’s Monument to Futurism & Fascism: Crossroads in Humanities and Technology,” International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 2, Number 1, 2005.

“Synergy: Alfonso Ossorio and Jackson Pollock, 1950-51,” catalogue essay, The Fine Arts Program of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington DC, May 2003.

Art of This Century: The Women  (East Hampton NY: The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, 1997), Exh. Cat.

Selected Presentations

“The Use of Art Historical Methods to Enhance Clinical Skill Observation and Evaluation,” Invited Lecture, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, November 2016.

“Learning How to “Look” Like an Art Historian: Medieval versus Renaissance Bodies,” Emerging Diversities in Health Humanities Teaching, Hiram College, Hiram, OH, June 2016

“Art History & Nursing: An Interprofessional Experiment,” Arts and Health Humanities Conference, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, April 2016.

“Art History & Medicine: Innovative Pedagogy in Undergraduate Education,” 4th International Health Humanities Conference: The Next Decade (Pedagogies, Practice, Politics), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO, May 2015.

“Art History, Pedagogy, and Medical Education,” Transatlantic Connections, Medical Humanities Program, Drew University in Ireland, Bundoran, Ireland, January 2015.

“William Orpen’s Underestimated Avant-Garde Tendencies,” American Conference for Irish Studies, Savannah, GA, February 2011.

“American Mavericks: Charles Ives & the Abstract Expressionists,” Invited Lecture, The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, NY, July 2009.

“Benedetta Cappa Marinetti: Futurist, Fascist and Feminist?” College Art Association, Los Angeles, CA, February 2009.

“Peggy Guggenheim’s Women Shows at Art of This Century,” Invited Lecture, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, November 2008.

“Gender and the Aesthetic of War in Italian Futurism,” The Experience of War in the Space Between, 1914-1945, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, June 2007.

“Living Art: Urban Mural Games,” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Commitment, Community, Collaboration, Vancouver, BC, October 2005.

“Memory and Modernism in Italian Futurism: Crossroads in Humanities and Technology”, Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Prato, Italy, July 2004.