Faculty Emeritus

Shirley Ann Brown

B.I.D. (Manitoba), M.A. (Ohio State), Ph.D. (Cornell)
Office: 708 Atkinson
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 66610
E–mail: sabrown@yorku.ca
Website: www.yorku.ca/sabrown/

Shirley Ann Brown is a medievalist whose teaching and research interests include Medieval Art and Architecture of the British Isles, the History of Stained Glass/Stained Glass in Canada, and Art History Methodology. She taught previously at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, and at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Shirley Ann Brown is a medievalist whose teaching and research interests include Medieval Art and Architecture of the British Isles, the History of Stained Glass/Stained Glass in Canada, and Art History Methodology. She taught previously at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, and at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She has lived and travelled extensively in Europe, reading English medieval History with Denis Bethel at University College, Dublin. She spent an additional year in research at the Institut fur Kunstgeschichte in Munich. Prof. Brown is the founding Director of the Registry of Stained Glass Windows in Canada. During Winter Term 2007, Prof. Brown was Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Ken Carpenter

B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (UC–Berkeley), Ph.D. (London)
Office: CFA 255
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 77420
E–mail: kcarpent@yorku.ca
Professor Emeritus

Professor Carpenter's research interests include the history, theory, and practice of art criticism, Canadian and American art since 1940, and the psychology of creativity. His extensive publication credits include sixty articles in journals such as Art International, Arts, Vie des arts, The Journal of Canadian Art History, Studio International, The Canadian Encyclopedia and the Dictionary of Art. Exhibitions he has curated include The Caro Connection: Sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro from Toronto Collections; The Heritage of Jack Bush, A Tribute (Robert McLaughlin Gallery), which toured extensively; and Caricature and Conscience: The Sculpture of Dora Wechsler (with Carolyn Robinson) for Toronto's Koffler Gallery.

Professor Carpenter has been guest critic at the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop and guest lecturer at numerous Canadian and American universities. He was a recipient of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association's award for excellence in teaching.

Shelley Hornstein

BA, MA, PhD (Strasbourg)


Shelley Hornstein is Professor of Architectural History & Urban Culture at York University. Her work looks at the intersection of memory and place in architectural and urban sites. She is currently working on projects that explore demolition, Google Earth and museums in virtual space, Starlets and Starchitecture, Jewish topographies, and architectural tourism.

Dr. Hornstein is the recipient of the Walter L. Gordon Fellowship, and several Canadian and International research awards. Her most recent book is Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place, (Ashgate, 2011. Read the review – PDF). Her other books include the edited volumes: Capital Culture: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art (McGill-University Press, 2000); Image and Remembrance: Representation and The Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2002) and Impossible Images: Contemporary Art after the Holocaust (NYU Press, 2003).

Professor Hornstein has taught at York University since 1985. Her courses include Memory and Place, Paris as Modernist Dream, The Celluloid City, No Place like Home, and The Metropolis Revisited. She is a member of York’s graduate programs in Art History, Culture and Communications, and Social and Political Thought. She has served as associate dean, co-director of the Centre for Feminist Research, and twice as Chair of Department of Fine Arts, Atkinson College.


Guy Metraux

Office: CFA TBA
Phone: 416-736-5187
E-mail: gmetraux@yorku.ca

Joyce Zemans

B.A., M.A. (Toronto)
Office: N318 Schulich
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 77905
E–mail: jzemans@yorku.ca
Professor Emerita

An art historian, curator, cultural policy specialist and academic administrator, Joyce Zemans served as dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (1985-88), acting director of the Graduate Program in Art History (1994-95) and chair of the Department of Visual Arts Department (1975-81) at York University.

She also held the Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies (1995-96) and was acting director of the MBA Program in Non-Profit Management and Leadership (2000-01). She currently directs the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration in the Schulich School of Business at York.

Professor Zemans served as director of the Canada Council for the Arts from 1988 to 1992. She holds honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and the Nova Scotia of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Joyce Zemans was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2002 in recognition of her contributions to Canadian arts and culture. In 2010, she was chosen to receive The Canadian Conference of the Arts' Diplôme d’honneur for sustained contribution to the cultural life of the country.

Professor Zemans currently serves on the board of the Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University and of the Advisory Boards of the Toronto Arts Council, the Creative Trust, the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management.

Among her other activities, she is a member of the Culture and Communications Committee of Canadian Commission for UNESCO and of the steering group for the Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities, for the Creative City Network of Canada. Previously she has served as president of the Laidlaw Foundation, as a member of the Prime Minister’s Canada-Japan Forum, a member of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Expert Advisory Committee on the Convention on Cultural Diversity, and a member of the Japan - U.S. Comparative Cultural Policy Project (U.C.L.A.): Cultural Policy Advisory Committee.

Professor Zemans' research focuses on art history and cultural policy with specific reference to the Canadian experience and international comparative cultural policy.

Carol Zemel

B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Columbia)
Office: CFA 261
Phone: 416-736-5187
E–mail: czemel@yorku.ca

Professor Zemel joined the faculty in the Department of Visual Arts in 2000. Prior to York, she taught at Concordia University, Temple University (Philadelphia), Dartmouth College and the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she chaired the Art History Department from 1997-2000.

Professor Zemel's areas of research and publication include 19th and 20th-century European art, the modern art market, feminism in the arts, Jewish visual culture and diaspora studies. An authority on the work of Vincent Van Gogh, her books include The Formation of a Legend — Van Gogh Criticism 1890–1920 (UMI Research Press, 1980) and Van Gogh's Progress: Utopia and Modernity in Late Nineteenth–Century Art (University of California Press, 1997). Her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, Art History, Artscanada, Art in America, Jong Holland and several scholarly anthologies. She served as co–editor of RACAR (Revue d'art canadienne/Canadian Art Review) from 1995–98.

In 2000/01, Dr. Zemel was a Fellow at the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, engaged in completing a book titled Graven Images: Visual Culture and Modern Jewish History. With Professors Shelley Hornstein (York University) and Reesa Greenberg (Concordia University), she is co-founder and co–director of Project Mosaica, a web7ndash;based exploration of Jewish cultural expression in the arts.

Karen Stanworth

B.FA. (Concordia), B.Ed. (McGill), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (Manchester)
Office: WC 223
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 30734
E–mail: kstanworth@edu.yorku.ca
Associate Professor

Scholarly Interests
Visual Culture and Identity; Museum History and Pedagogies; Visual Rhetoric and Nationalism, Group Portraiture; Teaching of Visual Arts and Art History in Higher Education; History of Visual Culture in Canada

Professor Stanworth has published on topics related to visual culture and pedagogy; higher education and the arts; feminist cultural theory and production; and narrative and history. Her articles have appeared in Art History (UK), Histoire Sociale/Social History, Resources in Feminist Research,Symploke Journal of Comparative Literature and Theory and University of Toronto Quarterly.

Her teaching and research address issues of knowledge formation within visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the representation of identities, and the paradox of belonging and difference.

Dr. Stanworth is completing a manuscript on visual culture and identity in 19th century Canada which examines the ways in which visual culture participates in the construction and mediation of social identities, particularly in early museum pedagogies, visual spectacle and the representation of group identities. Current research initiatives include the development of a collaborative network for historical research in visual culture in Canada, and a research project of case studies about bawdy images in 20th century Canada.

Dr. Stanworth is joint appointed to the Faculties of Fine Arts and Education, and is associated with the Graduate Program in Interdiscipinary Studies, Graduate Program in Visual Arts and Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York.

Selected Publications
"Ethics of Knowledge: education, tradition and post-modernity", web exclusive article, Academic Matters, July, 2010; [review essay, Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century), Steven H. Madoff, ed. MIT Press, 2009].
Stanworth, K. (2005). "Interdisciplinarity in the work of Francoise Sullivan", in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 387-396.
Stanworth, K. and J. Hladki (2002). "A Critical Introduction to Feminist Cultural Production", Resources in Feminist Research, 29:3/4, 9-18. Issue editors.