B.A., University of Virginia, 2006 Major: Art History and Classics; minor: Music
M.A., University of Virginia, 2009 History of Art and Architecture
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia, currentHistory of Art and Architecture
Nicholas, a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and Architecture, maintains interest in a broad range of art historical topics. Having majored in art history and classics at UVa, his research at the master's level focused primarily on the dynamic between the topographies of ancient and medieval Rome. His master's thesis, "An Appropriation of Victory: Calixtus II and Spolia at Santa Maria in Cosmedin" (advisor: Lisa Reilly, 2009), investigated a unique example of architectural reuse of classical elements by the 12th-century papacy, reading it within the framework of the Investiture Conflict. He is currently writing a dissertation on the institutional architecture of James Renwick, Jr. (1818-1895), freeing the 19th-century American architect from the historiography of the Gothic Revival movement. He is working under the advisement of Richard Guy Wilson.
Nicholas's primary passion is teaching the history of art and architecture. In addition to serving as a TA in a variety of courses at UVa, he was an adjunct instructor in the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech, lecturing on the history of architecture. He is currently an adjunct at James Madison University, lecturing on the history of art from the Renaissance to the present. His teaching experience complements his current interest in the pedagogy of art and architectural history, especially methods of teaching at a survey level to non-art historians.
Supplementing his study, through various fellowships and grants, Nicholas has conducted on-site and archival research in Rome, and worked in the Department of Archives and Drawings within Avery Architectural Library at Columbia University for his dissertation on Renwick. He has also presented numerous papers at conferences and graduate symposia throughout his graduate career and has published an interactive website on the architectural history of the University of Virginia through the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at the UVa.Email: Nicholas Genau