Dr. Brian D. Steele
Associate Dean of Graduate and Faculty Issues
Dr. Brian D. Steele, Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Issues in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor in Art History, holds the Ph.D. (1988) and M.A. (1983) degrees in Art History from the University of Iowa, and the B. A. in Art and Spanish from Westmar College, LeMars, IA (1975). Since joining the faculty at Texas Tech fourteen years ago, Dr. Steele has taught courses in art theory and criticism and in art history of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, serving at various times as doctoral program Coordinator for Art, Associate Director for the School of Art, and, now, Director of the Fine Arts doctoral program.
Active in professional presentations and publications at international, national, and regional levels, Steele’s research focuses upon painting by Titian and his contemporaries during the sixteenth century in Venice. Secular and religious subjects that display idealized female beauties constitute a special interest because period texts often used female appearance and deportment to suggest ideas about moral standards, virtues, and vices. Thus, both texts and images participated in a cultural discourse that promoted Venice and Venetians as a familial body observing distinctive mores in obedience to a patriarchal authority. More recent exploration moves toward issues of sexuality, artistry, and imaginative vision in later works by Titian, ca. 1550-1575, and by the seventeenth-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Presentations for organizations including the Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, College Art Association, and the International Society for the Study of European Ideas have taken Dr. Steele to such locales as Toronto (University of Toronto), Utrecht (University for Humanist Studies), and Florence.
Dr. Steele Deals with Graduate and Faculty Issues Including: