Susan R. McKillop
Professor of Art
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-2551 office
(707) 664-2151 department
FAX (707) 664-4333
Ph.D. Harvard University, Fine Arts, specializing In Italian Renaissance studies, 1966
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, Art, specializing in painting, 1953
B.A. (honors) University of Missouri, English Literature, 1951
B.J. University of Missouri, Journalism, 1951
Sonoma State University, Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Art Department,1977 to present
Sonoma State University, Lecturer, 1975-77
Adjunct Professor, Union Institute, Cleveland OH, 1993-present
California State University Sacramento,Sacramento CA, Lecturer, 1971-75
University of California, Davis, Davis CA, Assistant Professor, 1964-71
Sonoma State University, Chair, Department of Art, 1980-83
University of California, Davis, Coordinator, Integrated Studies, 1970-71
Assistant Dean, College of Letters and Science, 1966-67.
Publications, Catalogues, Scholarly and Public Lectures, Museum Service:
Contributing author, "Dante and Lumen Christi. A Proposal for the Meaning of the Tomb of Cosimo de' Medici," in Francis Ames-Lewis, ed., Essays in Honor of the 600th Anniversary of the Birth of Cosimo de' Medici, Oxford University Press, 1991, pp. 156-201.
Susan Regan McKillop, Franciabigio (Vol. XVI, California Studies in the History of Art), University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles and London, 1974, 420pp. 122 ills.
(Book in progress): "The Spiritual Dimension of Power and Patronage of Cosimo "il Vecchio" de' Medici (1389-1464)" (working title).
Articles and Abstracts:
"L' Ampliamento della Stemma dei Medici e suo contesto politico," Archivio storico italiano, 140 (1992), pp. 344-416.
"In thy Seed shall all the nations be blessed: Typological Foundations of Medici Symbolism," Abstracts of Papers Delivered in Art History Sessions, 81st Annual Meeting of the College Art Association of America, Seattle WA, 3-6 February 1993.
"Fra Angelico's San Marco Altarpiece - The First Medici Political Painting?," Abstracts of Papers Delivered in Art History Sessions, 68th Annual Meeting, College Art Association of America, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 1980.
"The Meaning of the Palle," Abstracts of Papers Delivered in Art History Sessions, 60th Annual Meeting, College Art Association of America, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 1972.
"The Meaning of Pontormo's Lunette of Vertumnus and Pomona," Abstracts of Papers Delivered in Art History Sessions, 58th Annual Meeting, College Art Association of America, Washington, D.C., Jan. 27-Feb.1, 1970.
Papers Delivered at International, National and Regional Meetings:
"The Medici Palace and the Parlamento of 1458," Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, New York City, NY, April 2, 1995.
"Usurpation as Political Practice in Renaissance Florence," 9th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL, March 4, 1994.
"The Typological Foundation of Medici Power," Northern California Renaissance Conference, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, May 1, 1993.
"Literary Structure as a Key to Medici Power," Pacific North West Renaissance Conference: The Reader, the Subject and the Self in Early Modern Europe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, March 27, 1993.
"Typology as a Key to Medici Symbolism," 8th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI., May 14 - 17, 1992.
"The Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de' Medici. Further Thoughts about the First Major Commission in the Laurentian Age," Symposium: Studies in Late Quattrocento Sculpture II, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, April 10, 1992.
"Dante and Lumen Christi. A Proposal for the Meaning of the Tomb of Cosimo the Elder," International Symposium honoring the 600th Birthday of Cosimo "il Vecchio" de' Medici, Society for Studies in the Renaissance of Great Britain, The Warburg Institute, University of London, London, England, May 18, 1989.
"The Augmentation of the Medici Coat of Arms and the Politics Behind It," 6th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, . FL., March 12, 1988.
"He Shall Build a House for My Name" The Patronage of Cosimo de' Medici at San Marco and Some Thoughts about its Implications," invited scholarly lecture, The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy, May 17, 1983
"The Apples of the Hesperides as a Medici Symbol," Society of the Art Historians of the Pacific North West, Davis, CA, Nov. 1971.
Invited Scholarly Lectures:
"Collecting and Papal Collectors: The History of the Vatican Collection," University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, Jan. 21, 1984.
"Franciabigio and the Medici Circle," L'UNICO, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 30, 1974.
"Dutch Mannerism: The Italianate Tradition - Rembrandt's Precursors," E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Dec.1974.
"Art as an Instrument of Self-Awareness," in series "Florence, City of the Renaissance," University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Mar. 1974.
"The Concept of 'Renaissance' and the Medici Insignia," San Diego Museum of Fine Arts, San Diego, CA, Nov. 1971.
"Oranges in Renaisance Art," E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Dec. 1971.
Museum and Gallery Catalogues:
More Than Land or Sky: The Northern California Landscape, Ruben Salazar Library, Sonoma State University, April 23 -May 30, 1986, Rohnert Park, CA, 1986.
Susan McKillop (editor), The Chicago Connection. West Coast '76, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, 1976, 89pp, 58 ills.
Susan McKillop (editor), with Wilma Beatty Cox, Jerald Sylva. His World.,E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, 1973, 48pp, 48 ills.
Susan McKillop, Robert Bechtle. A Retrospective Exhibition, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento,1973.
Wrote the script and appeared as the major commentator in "Looking over Lord Clark's Shoulder," bi-weekly half-hour commentary on "Civilisation," 13-week television series, Public Television K.V.I.E. (Channel 6), Sacramento, CA, Fall and Spring, 1971-72.
Invited Professional Lectures:
Four public lectures given to the Docent's Council, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery and Museum, Sacramento, CA, Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 10 and 17, 1986.
Public lecture, Docent's Council, the E. B. Crocker Art Gallery and Museum, Sacramento, CA., January 26, 1985.
Six Public Lectures on the Age of Rembrandt (in conjunction with the Rembrandt Exhibition, H. M. DeYoung Museum, San Francisco), University of California, Davis, CA, Fall, 1982.
Public lecture, "The Royal Collections in Dresden," The Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, (in conjunction with The Splendors of Dresden, The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Museum of the Palace of the Legion of Honor), 1979.
"The Hermitage Collection and Imperial Patronage," The Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, (in conjunction with Master Paintings from te Hermitage and the State Russian Museum, The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, De Young Museum), 1976.
Three public lectures given to the Docent's Council, E. B.Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Oct.- Nov. 1974.
"Art History as a Perspective on Human Affairs," Hammerskjold House, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, Nov. 1973.
Three public lectures given to the Docent's Council, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Oct.- Nov., 1973.
"German Romantic Painting and the Wagnerian Tradition," University of California Series accompanying the San Francisco Opera Company's presentation of the "Ring cycle," E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA., Nov. 1972.
Museum and Gallery:
Member, Exhibitions Committee, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, 1977-82.
Member, Board of Directors, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery Association, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery and Museum, Sacramento CA, 1973-78.
Chair, Exhibitions Committee, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery Association, 1974-76; member, 1973-78.
Member, Acquisitions Committee, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery Association, 1973-75.
Member, Sonoma State University Art Gallery Committee, 1978-80; 1982-3.
Animals: Celebration and Communion, Pence Gallery, Davis CA, Feb. 4-Mar. 6, 1980
William Morehouse, Subway Series, Pence Gallery, Davis CA, Oct.1977
The Chicago Connection. West Coast '76, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento CA, Nov. 6, 1976 - Jan. 2, 1977
Jerald Silva, His World: A Retrospective Exhibition, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento CA, Oct. 12 - Nov. 23, 1975.
The Black Image, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Jan. 22 - Feb. 28, 1975.
Robert Bechtle, A Retrospective Exhibition, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacamento, CA, Sept. 15 - Oct. 14, 1973.
Academic Senator, 1996 - present.
Committee on Faculty Affairs, Vice-chair,1998 to present.
Council on International Programs (Senate liason) 1998 to present.
Committee on Fiscal and Governmental Affairs, member, 1996-98.
Sonoma State University:
Academic Senator, 1988-94; 1996-present.
Senate Executive Committee, member, 1990-92; 1996 - present.
Campus Re-engineering Committee, member, 1996-present.
EPC subcommittee on Academic Planning, member, 1991-92; 1994-present.
WASC Accreditation Sub-committee, member, 1997-98.
Long-Range Planning Committee, member, (joint task-force with the AcademicV.P.'s Advisory Council),1992-93.
Vice-President's Task Force for Research and Faculty and Staff Development, member, 1993-94.
Sub-committee of the EPC to Evaluate Teaching and Scholarship, member, 1991-92.
Ad-hoc Grade Appeal Committee, Chair,1988-89.
Library and Information Technology Committee, founding member, 1986-88.
Affirmative Action Committee, member, 1984-85.
Vice Presidenial Hiring Committee, member, 1982-83.
Special Senate Sub-committee to advise EPC on the Media Studies Proposal, 1982-83.
President's Council of Department Chairs, member, 1980-83.
President's Seminar on Academic Initiatives, member,1979-80; 1981-82.
Faculty liason with Napa High School, 1981-82.
School representative to Academic Senate, 1989-92.
Committee on Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP), member, 1992-96.
MPPP Review Committee, 1986-87.
Ad-hoc Coordinating liason to the Program Planning Committee, member, 1985-86
School Curriculum Committee, Chair, 1983-84; member, 1982-83, 1984-87.
Curriculum Committee representative to University GE Committee, 1984-85.
General Education Committee, chair, 1984-85., member, 1982-83.
Communications Studies Committee, 1982-84.
Council of Department Chairs, member,1980-83.
After-tenure review committee, chair, 19978-99.
Coordinator, Art History Program, Art Department, 1993-94.
Art Department Hiring, RTP, Scheduling, Budget, Curriculum, Slide-Collection development, ( member and chair, annually and variously), 1978-present.
Art Department review committees for Academic accreditation, NASAD accreditation, accreditation of the Art History Program; preparation committees for the M.A. and B.F.A. proposals, to revise the Art History curriculum, (member and sometimes chair), 1978-present.
Art Gallery Committee, member, 1978-79;1981-83.
Major Committee Reports (joint authorship):
"Campus Budget Advisory Committee Survey Identifying Best Practices," Report of the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Statewide Academic Senate, May, 1998.
"Goals and Implemenatation Measures Leading to a New Academic Action Plan" (The foundation SSU long-range Academic Planning document), Report of the Long Range Academic Planning Committee,adopted by the Administration, June, 1993 and the campus Academic Senate, April, 1995.
Professional Memberships and Activities:
College Art Association of America, member,1959-present.
Renaissance Society of America, member,1988-present.
Northern California Renaissance Regional Conference, Chairman, 1992-93, member to present.
Society for Italian Renaissance Art, 1989-present.
Medieval Association of America, member,1987-88.
Medieval Studies Coloquium, University of California, Davis, CA, weekly participant, 1987-88.
Session chair, "General Session," Northern California Renaissance Conference, University of California, Davis, CA, April, 21, 1996.
Session chair, "Cosimo 'il Vecchio de' Medici, new considerations of his patronage," Renaissance Society of America, New York City, NY, March 15, 1995.
Host Chair, Northern California Renaissance Conference, Sonoma State University, April 30, 1994.
SSU Faculty Research Award, Friends of the Ruben Salazar Library, 1991 - 92.
SSU Academic Innovation Grant award (with Judith Abbott), 1998-99, for medieval studies, integrated upper division GE courses proposal.
SSU Academic Innovation Grant award (with Karen Gustafson), 1998-99, for lower division GE course digitization (Art 210).
SSU Academic Innovation Grant award (with Karen Gustafson), 1997-98, for lower division GE course digitization (Art 211).
Award Citation, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery Association, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery and Museum, 1982, for service.
Western Association of Museums and Museum Directors (museums west of the Mississippi), for best catalogue published by a member institution in 1975: 1976.
Gold Award, Sacramento Advertising Club, for Robert Bechtle. A Retrospective Exhibition, 1973: 1974.
In Summary: I am completing a book on the the power and patronage of Cosimo "il Vecchio de' Medici (1389-1464). Portions have been vetted internationally and on 9 occasions I have reported my progress at national or international meetings (listed above). I have published internationally and have received local recognition as the recipient of the 1992 SSU Friends of the Library Faculty Research Award. I attach an evaluation of the importance of my work, sent by Professor John Paoletti, Wesleyan University, to support my sabbatical application. I rate my scholarly contribution as outstanding.
Outstanding or Meritorious Contributions to my Professional Field and Community Service: I organized, and was host chairman of the Northern California Renaissance Conference held at Sonoma State University on April 30, 1994. The conference brought more than 200 junior and senior scholars from major universities across the nation to our campus. A number of SSU faculty gave papers or chaired sessions during the event. I served that year as the President of the Northern California Renaissance Society. In April 1995 I participated on the Steering Committee at the national meetings of the Renaissance Society of America, New York City, April 1, 1995. I chaired a session on that occasion: Cosimo "il Vecchio" de' Medici: New Considerations of his Patronage.
At SSU I have contributed to the University as a member of the President's Associates, as a sponsoring member of the Art Associates, as a payroll subscriber to the Art Department Scholarship and as an annual contributor to the Les and Alexis Brooks scholarship fund. This year I obtained a $20,000 electron microscope for the Biology Department at SSU.
In Summary: I have been outstanding in the governance activities of my professional societies and meritorious as a financial supporter of University philanthropic activities.