Art & Art History

Sarah Kate Gillespie

Adjunct Instructor

Art and Art History



Campus Box 0435


Plank Gym
Room 116
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Mount Holyoke College, 1994
MA The George Washington University, 1997
PhD The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2006

Academic Focus

19th Century American visual culture, history of photography

Sarah Kate teaches courses in Civil War Era Studies, Public History, and Art History. She was previously Curator of American Art at The Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, where she also taught in the department of Art History. Prior to that Sarah Kate was assistant professor of Art History at York College, CUNY, and Curator of Fine Art and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

  • Chapter The Aesthetics of Art at War: Civil War and Frontier Photography at MoMA Modern in the Making: MoMA and the Modern Experiment, 1929-49, Bloomsbury Press, 2020

  • Book Vernacular Modernism: The Photography of Doris Ulmann, Georgia Museum of Art, 2018

  • Book The Early American Daguerreotype: Cross-Currents in Art and Technology, MIT Press/ Lemelson Center, Smithsonian, 2016

  • Chapter Morse and Mechanical Imitation Samuel F. B. Morse‚Äôs Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention, Yale University Press, 2014

  • Article John William Draper and the Reception of Early Scientific Photography History of Photography 36, July 2012