Faculty Profile

Phillip Earenfight

Director of the Trout Gallery; Associate Professor of Art and Art History (2002)

Contact Information


Weiss Center for the Arts Room 102B


He specializes in the art, architecture, and urban planning of late medieval Italy. He is currently working on a study of the Misericordia confraternity and its place on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence during the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Other projects include books and articles on the Carlisle Indian School, Richard Henry Pratt, and the drawings and photographs of the Plains Indians who held captive at Ft. Marion (St. Augustine, Florida: 1875-1877). Recently he completed a study on the works of contemporary painter Joyce Kozloff.


  • B.A., University of Washington, 1985
  • M.A., Rutgers University, 1990
  • Ph.D., 1999

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

MEMS 200 Gothic Pilgrimage
Cross-listed with ARTH 213-01. This course considers the visual arts of the late Gothic era in the major European cities, courts, and religious centers as seen through the eyes of a pilgrim c. 1400 en route from Hereford to Rome (along the via Francigena), Rome to Jerusalem, and back to Hereford (along the banking trade routes via Cologne). The sites selected trace well-known routes that pilgrims followed to the Holy Land and the objects and monuments they encountered: e.g. the city itself, principal sacred and civic structures, altarpieces, reliquaries, and tombs of saints and rulers. Readings and discussions will examine medieval notions of pilgrimage and its role in late medieval society, with a focus on the rituals and objects associated with death, burial, afterlife, and commemoration. Each object will be considered within the broader fabric of its surroundings, paying particular attention to the rituals and physical context associated with the object and how it would have been experienced by a pilgrim.

ARTH 213 Gothic Pilgrimage
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-02.

Spring 2019

ARTH 206 Museum Studies
Introduces students to the history, role, nature, and administration of museums. It examines the emergence and development of museums and the political, social, and ethical issues that they face. Case studies include: government funding of the arts, the lure and trap of the blockbuster, T-Rex "Sue", the Nazi Entartete Kunst exhibition, the Enola Gay exhibition, war memorials, the Holocaust Museum, public sculpture, conservation, museum architecture, auction houses, and the repatriation of cultural property. This course is open to all students and is especially relevant to those studying the fine arts, anthropology, archaeology, history, American studies, and public policy. Offered every two years.