About the Professor
Kathryn Barush is Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology. She received a D.Phil. and M.St. in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford, which was followed by a 3-year position as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Yale University Center for British Art and interned at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Prior to commencing graduate work, Dr. Barush had the opportunity to pursue a comparative study of painting and pilgrimage in the Buddhist and Christian traditions with the generous support of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She conducted field research over the course of a year in working scriptoria and archives in the U.K., Tibet, India, and Greece.
Dr. Barush's work continues to explore the art and material culture of pilgrimage and the notion of the transfer of “spirit” from sacred sites and objects such as relics to artistic representations such as paintings, labyrinths, icons, and Stations of the Cross. Her thesis examined these ideas in a nineteenth-century British context, but the parameters of her recent endeavors have expanded both temporally and geographically.
Dr. Barush has recently presented papers on the art of the Glastonbury pilgrimage (from works by William Blake to contemporary icon painter Aidan Hart) at the College of William and Mary Institute for Pilgrimage Studies (Fall, 2012) and at the Doug Adams Gallery as an invited lecturer for the Center for Art, Religion, and Education, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (Spring, 2013). She is a research affiliate for the Yale University Material and Visual Cultures of Religion project and a consultant for a pilgrimage mapping project for the Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago.
Dr. Barush's doctoral research benefited from the support of a Leverhulme Studentship, where she worked on a team researching, coding and annotating a fully-searchable on-line edition of the diary of British philosopher William Godwin. In 2012 the project was awarded 'best digital resource' by the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
In addition to research on pilgrimage and visual culture, Dr. Barush has collaborated on several major digital preservation, research, and archiving initiatives at CASVA and the University of Oxford.