Kylie Fisher

Assistant Professor of Art History

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Kylie Fisher is a specialist in early modern European print history. She completed her Ph.D. in art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her dissertation, "Imprinting Antiquity: Reinventing the Past through Sixteenth-Century Prints," explores how early sixteenth-century engravings of real and fictive antiquities participated in the making of myth and cultural memory in early modern Rome. Kylie is especially interested in the democratizing potential of printed imagery to invent and disseminate ideologies to a public viewership.

Prior to joining the Art Department at Furman in the fall of 2021, Kylie taught at colleges and universities across greater Cleveland, including Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cuyahoga Community College, and Baldwin Wallace University. Kylie also has professional experience in the museum field. She has contributed to several exhibitions at museums across the country, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, and Smith College Museum of Art.

Kylie's teaching and research interests are fueled by a desire to disrupt the traditional narratives and silos that are present in the art historical canon, advocating for the decolonization of art history in both academic and museum settings. She is committed to making the study of art, culture, and history accessible and relevant to all students. Through emphasizing the primacy that artistic representations play in our development of cultural attitudes and historical perspectives, Kylie's classes aim to instill a sense of empathy and activism in her students to combat the prejudices that are often promoted through works of art and architecture.


  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A., The Courtauld Institute of Art (London)
  • B.A., Smith College

Representative Publications

  • Untold Journeys: Exploring Furman and Greenville’s Connections with Asia (collaborative project with two Furman undergraduate students, Eli Kibler ‘24 and Eva Kiser ‘23), originally published July 29, 2022
  • “Reconstructing Ancient Rome in Sixteenth-Century Prints,” Rutgers Art Review 37 (2021): 30-63
  • “Printmaking in Europe, c. 1400-1800,” Smarthistory,−1800/ (2020)
  • “Glossary of Technical and Material Terms,” in Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings, edited by Andrew C. Weislogel and Andaleeb Badiee Banta, 212-214 (Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2017)
  • “Drawing from Mantegna: Engaging with Engraving in Cinquecento Northern Italian Art,” Athanor 35 (2017): 29-35

Honors and Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University (2015-2020)
  • Friends of Art Best Overall Performance by a PhD Student Award, Department of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University (2020)
  • Mellon Fellowship in Humanities Teaching at Community Colleges, Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College (2020)
  • Graduate Research Grant, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University (2019)
  • Walter Read Hovey Memorial Fund Scholarship, The Pittsburgh Foundation (2019)
  • Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University (2018)
  • Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Award, Case Western Reserve University (2017)

Research Interests

  • print culture
  • collecting
  • epistemology
  • memory-making
  • collective and cultural identity
  • museum studies
  • curatorial studies
  • Public Humanities
  • art as activism