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Rebecca W. Bilbo
Department Head

Email: Rebecca.Bilbo@thomasmore.edu
Phone: 859-344-3419
Fax: 859-344-3345
Office Location: LL-Admin

As the art historian of the department Professor Bilbo provides the historical and theoretical component to the art program as well as providing a variety of courses for the college’s core curriculum. She began her art studies in art education and earned a teaching certification for art k-12 in New York State. She completed an M.A. in Art History at the University of Cincinnati and currently she is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Indiana University. Her major area of study has been in American and Twentieth-Century Art especially the Gilded Age, Early Modernism and the History of Photography. American Studies and African, Caribbean and Oceanic Art have been a minor focus. She completed additional studies at Syracuse University, Montana State University and the Institute of Western Studies in Cody, Wyoming. She has given various gallery talks at the Cincinnati Art Museum and delivered conference papers on, Winslow Homer in the Bahamas, The Academic Teaching Tradition in a Post-Modern World, Evangelicalism and the Museum, The Art Patronage of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Portraiture in American Art. She is the Art Editor of the Northern Kentucky Encyclopedia.

To enrich the art history courses at the college Professor Bilbo has organized yearly student trips to New York, Boston or Chicago and has worked with the Foreign Language Department and lead course related summer studies in Paris and in various cities throughout Spain.

Rebecca Bilbo has served as chair of the art department and worked with the team of faculty who brought the FYS program to campus. She was named Outstanding Part-Time Faculty of the Year in 1996.

Courses
History of Art I and II, 20th Century Art, History of Photography, American Architecture, American Art in the Gilded Age, Modern Art, Cincinnati Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Critical Examination of the Work of Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins.

Degrees
B.S. Art Education, Nazareth College 
M.A. Art History, University of Cincinnati 
Ph.D candidate Art History, Indiana University

Rebecca W. Bilbo first came to Thomas More College in 1991.