Winthrop University: Kyle G. Sweeney

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
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 research projects have focused on the social, spatial, and ritual fabric of late medieval cities in France. His first 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. With the support of the Kress Foundation/International Center of Medieval Art, he is also co-editing a volume on issues surrounding constructs of modernity and lateness in medieval architecture for the new AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art series published by Brill. He has held multiple fellowships at the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University as a member of the Mellon-funded Spatial Humanities Initiative and in the Art of the Islamic Worlds department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Professor Sweeney currently serves on the AVISTA Board of Directors. For more on Dr. Sweeney’s recent projects, see his profile on

Kyle G. Sweeney on the medieval pilgrimage trailAt Winthrop, he teaches a variety of courses on 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.


Profile photo courtesy of H. Bergeman  

Recent publications

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 81/2 (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 7/3 (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.

Selected Awards

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

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