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Christine Havice

Director, School of Art

CHRISTINE HAVICE, Director of the School of Art at Kent State University since
August, 2003, is also a faculty member who teaches what the Car Guys on NPR have
suggested is the world’s most useless discipline, art history. She came to KSU from the
University of Kentucky, where she was Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts after
serving for many years as Director of the University Honors Program. Her graduate
degrees in art history (Ph.D., M.A.) were vetted by the Pennsylvania State University,
which also awarded her an alumni achievement award in 1999.
Growing up in northern Ohio in the immediate post-Sputnik generation, Christine Havice
was headed for a career in the sciences until she spent a year as an American Field
Service exchange student in southern Italy, where she began to understand history, art,
languages, and culture in a completely new way. Being somewhat slow on the uptake, it
wasn’t until several years later, at the end of her sophomore year at Ohio University, that
she renounced a major in chemistry in order to go over to the dark (art history) side,
much to the puzzlement of her electrical engineer father. The only further adjustments to
that path have been the focusing in on the art of the Middle Ages (ever the hot and timely
topic) which has given her ample room to practice language skills, to travel to (relatively)
remote locales, and to work in some of the world’s most beautiful libraries in pursuit of
research in manuscript illumination. She is now the world’s expert on three illuminated
manuscripts (Byzantine books in Berlin and Madrid and an Italian book in Lexington,
KY) on which she’s written numerous articles and has a book in progress. She has
additional scholarly interest in Orthodox icons and contemporary art by women.
Along the way, Christine Havice has been a summer Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in
Washington DC and a Fellow of the American Council on Education (1990-91), as well
as having served as President of the Women’s Caucus for Art (1988-90). Among her
proudest accomplishments are two decades of introducing graduate and undergraduate
students to the wonders and challenges of medieval art. Havice’s hobbies include
gardening, reading, walking, yoga, and travel to visit her daughter, an architect working
in Munich.


Christine Havice
School of Art
Phone: 330-672-2192
Fax: 330-672-4729