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Julia S. May

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Department: SCPS - CP-Instr-Central Virginia
Office location and address
Zehmer Hall
104 Midmont Ln
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University

Julia (Julie) May holds both a master’s and Ph.D. in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. While her doctoral dissertation focused on the art of small-scale indigenous cultures in the Four Corner’s region of the U.S., her recent research, curatorial work, and teaching reach across time and cultures.  She has delivered papers on her work on 19th Century Quaker artist Marcus Mote, recently contributed an introductory essay on 19th Century Indiana landscape painting to the book, (Indiana University Press), developed a host of exhibitions including those on African art, Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings, and indigenous Australian art. In addition, she has published a number of book reviews and has served as a judge for art exhibitions and shows.

ISSS 3416: Social Psychology in The Modern World
Credits: 3
Examines major theories of social influence and human relations, with a focus on research methodologies and recent findings. Covers topics such as social cognition, self-concept, attitudes, persuasion, conformity, aggression, helping behavior, prejudice, and interpersonal relationships. Provides opportunities for students to critically examine the scientific literature and undertake research assignments to apply theory to modern societal issues.
ISHU 3456: History of Western Architecture from Antiquity to the Present
Credits: 3
Examines the tradition of Western architure from its inception in Greece and Rome to the present. Focuses on aesthetic, cultural, and political ideas framing the design, uses, and meanings of these celebrated buildings. Provides tools for visual analysis using a variety of methods from text anaylsis to visits of buildings.
ISHU 3457: Global Architecture
Credits: 3
Examines architecture from a global perspective. Focuses on aesthetic, cultural, and political forces that influence design, use, and meaning. Provides students with a vocabulary for discussing architecture as well as tools for visual analysis and interpretation.
ISLS 3610: Renaissance Art
Credits: 3
Explores Renaissance art in Europe beginning in the 13th century and continuing through the first decades of the 16th century. Considers materials, techniques, the aims of art-making, and artistic training. Examines through an evaluation of period texts the revival of Classicism in European art, architecture, and philosophy as well as the dynamics between artists, patrons, and institutions.
ISLS 3620: Ritual and Becoming in the Arts of Africa
Credits: 3
Examines the traditional arts produced on the African continent such as painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, and body modification as they are incorporated into age-grade initiation, fertility ceremonies and curative rituals.
ISHU 3624: Visual Culture and Aesthetics: The Practice of Seeing
Credits: 3
Examines the cultural elements involved in the interactive process of defining and interpreting the meaning of visual images with regard to how art images are produced, consumed, and made meaningful. Explores images in art history and digital media to investigate the philosophical, social, and cultural influences which affect how we interpret and define the art experience.
ISCP 3991: Capstone Project I
Credits: 3
Explores the process of basic research and project design. Working with a faculty mentor, students develop a proposal for the Capstone Project. The completed proposal must be approved before students may register for ISCP 4991.
ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities
Credits: 3
Conduct of Inquiry courses introduce students to major methodologies, content areas and contributions in the humanistic traditions of various world cultures.