Elena FitzPatrick Sifford
Art History Undergraduate
and Graduate Coordinator
208 Design Building
BA Oberlin College
MPhil City University of New York Graduate Center
PhD City University of New York Graduate Center
Elena FitzPatrick Sifford teaches Renaissance and Baroque art at LSU. Her research focuses on the introduction, development, and spread of Christian devotional sculpture in colonial Latin America. Her dissertation entitled “Disseminating Devotion: The Image and Cult of the Black Christ in Colonial Mexico and Central America” investigates the intersections of pre-Columbian, African, and Iberian ritual and cosmology as it relates to miraculous pilgrimage images of the Black Christ. Her research deals with issues of materiality and the exchange of visual culture and ideas in the age of exploration, particularly within the Spanish empire. Sifford has presented her research in New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Mexico City. She also contributed a chapter on hybridity and Mexican feather work in the volume ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art, edited by James Romaine and Linda Stratford (Cascade Books, 2014). Before coming to LSU, Sifford was a visiting instructor of art history at the Pratt Institute in Brooklynand a graduate teaching fellow in art history at Lehman College in New York.