Kyle G. Sweeney

Name: Kyle G. Sweeney
Title: Assistant Professor of Art History
Education: Ph.D., Art and Architectural History, Rice University
B.A., Purdue University
Office: 102 McLaurin
Phone: 803/323-3016
E-mail: sweeneyk@winthrop.edu
Area(s): Art and architecture of late medieval Europe (c. 1300-c. 1550); medieval cities and social production of space; Christian-Muslim cross- and intercultural interaction; historical visualization, diachronic mapping, and spatial humanities

Kyle G. Sweeney's research focuses on the relationships between Late Gothic architecture, urban space and ceremonial, and shifting social constructs in northern Europe at the turn of the sixteenth century.

His recent publications have focused on issues related to periodization, style, and the historiography of Late Gothic architecture. With the support of the Kress Foundation/International Center of Medieval Art, he co-edited Lateness and Modernity in Medieval Architecture, which was published by Brill in 2023. His current book project on Late Gothic architecture and society in Normandy examines how churches, chapels, and châteaux shaped the experience of urban space, rituals, and class interactions in the early sixteenth century. Professor Sweeney currently serves on the AVISTA Board of Directors. For more on Dr. Sweeney's recent projects, see his profile on Academia.edu.

At Winthrop, he teaches a variety of courses on ancient, medieval, and Islamic art and architectural history as well as special topics courses related to museums and cultural heritage and spatial humanities. Drawing on both his current interest in historical visualization and past experience hiking along the medieval pilgrimage trail known today as the Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (Way of Saint James), students in his upper-level seminar on the visual culture of medieval pilgrimage recently undertook a series of creative digital research projects that culminated in the design of historically authentic—yet totally imagined—Romanesque church sculpture programs and medieval pilgrimage badges. Students also immersed themselves in the spaces of medieval monuments using virtual reality (VR) equipment.

Recent publications


Lateness and Modernity CoverLateness and Modernity in Medieval Architecture, co-edited with Alice Isabella Sullivan. AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art, 16. Leiden: Brill, 2023.

*Awarded a Kress Foundation Research and Publication Grant, International Center of Medieval Art





Essays, articles, and reviews

-“American Goths: Collaboration and Technology in the New Millenium.” (forthcoming)

-“Introduction.” In Lateness and Modernity in Medieval Architecture, edited by Alice Isabella Sullivan and Kyle G. Sweeney, 1-35. Leiden: Brill, 2023.

-Review of Katherine M. Boivin, Riemenschneider in Rothenburg: Sacred Space and Civic Identity in the Late Medieval City. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 81, no. 2 (2022): 236-238.

-Review of Maile S. Hutterer, Framing the Church: The Social and Artistic Power of Buttresses in French Gothic Architecture. Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture 7, no. 3 (2021): 245-251.

-"Picturing the Long Life of Notre-Dame de Louviers." In The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture, edited by Jennifer M. Feltman and Sarah Thompson, 97-113. London: Routledge, 2019.

      -Reviewed: Elizabeth Carson Pastan, The Medieval Review, 21.09.12

Selected Awards

2024: Outstanding Junior Professor Nominee, Winthrop University
2023: Lorraine Kochanske Stock Grant for Innovation in Medieval Studies, Southeastern Medieval Association
2023: Faculty Research Grant, Research Council, Winthrop University (with Andrew Davis)
2021: Kress Foundation Research and Publication Grant, International Center of Medieval Art
2020: Opler Membership Grant for Emerging Scholars, Society of Architectural Historians


ARTH 175: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art
ARTH 341: Ancient Greek and Roman Art
ARTH 342: Medieval European Art and Architecture
ARTH 343: High and Late Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 358: Art and Architecture of the Islamic Worlds
ARTH 421: Visual Culture of Medieval Pilgrimage
ARTH 422: Medieval Cities
ARTH 455: Museums, Monuments, and Cultural Heritage
ARTS 601: Graduate Research B