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Dr. Claire McCoy - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Claire McCoy

Professor & William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Art History

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Education and Certifications

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph. D.
  • University of Texas at Austin. M.A
  • University of Virginia, B.A. with distinction


Claire Black McCoy is the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Faculty Chair in Art History at Columbus State University. She was previously Associate Professor of Art History at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where she received the Maria Bristow Starke Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and research and served as Director of General Education. Dr. McCoy received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia. She is an active member of various professional organizations including the College Art Association (CAA) and the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC).

Dr. McCoy specializes in nineteenth-century interpretations of Renaissance artists and their impact on the reception and criticism of sculpture in France. Her recent publications include "'This man is Michelangelo':Octave Mirbeau, Auguste Rodin and the Image of the Modern Sculptor" in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and "Stendhal's Michelangelo and the Discourse of Modern Sculpture" in Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism. Her current area of research is French responses to the city of Florence in the mid-to-late-nineteenth century.

Academic Areas

  • Art History

Teaching Awards And Honors

  • Maria Bristow Starke Faculty Excellence Award, 2005
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers, 2005

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