JeanAnn Dabb

Survey of Western Art, Ancient Art, Medieval Art, Mosaics, History & Techniques
Melchers Hall room 112, (540) 654.2039

JeanAnn Dabb, Professor of Art History, has taught at the University of Mary Washington since 1992 .  She specializes in ancient and medieval art and the history of mosaics. She holds a B.A. from Weber State College, an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  Dabb is a member of the Medieval Academy of America, the College Art Association, the International Center of Medieval Art, and the Society of American Mosaic Artists for which she served seven years on the Board of Directors.  She also has interests in film history (especially the work of Alfred Hitchcock) and the history of mosaics and has exhibited her own mosaics in international venues. In 2009 she received both the Mary W. Pinschmidt and the Grellet C. Simpson Awards.  Dabb teaches survey of western art, art of ancient Egypt and the Near East, Greek art, Roman art, medieval art, the history of Paris, and history and techniques of mosaics.

Selection of recent professional activities

Articles and Essays

-“Iconography of Decoration,” Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, Brill, Leiden, 2009, pp. 269-271

-“Roman Mosaics of Tunisia,” Groutline, Newsletter of the Society of American Mosaic   Artists, vol. 7, no. 4, 2006, pp. 8-9

-“’Du Nouveau’ sur L’Eglise Saint Nicholas de Civray,” selections from dissertation translated by Gérard Dauxerre, Les Amis du Pays Civraisien, no. 142, September 2005, pp. 7-16


-Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Theory and Practice of Mosaic Conservation. Proceedings of the 9th ICCM Conference, Hammamet, Tunisia, November 29-December 3, 2005, edited by Aïcha Ben Abed, Martha Demas, and Thomas Roby, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2008, American Journal of Archaeology Online Book Reviews, 114.2 , April 2010

-Mosaic Art Now, 2008 Edition, eds. Bill Buckingham and Michael Welch, in Groutline, Newsletter of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, vol. 9, no. 2, spring 2008, p. 10.

-From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European Cinema, by Ewa Mazierska and Laura Rascaroli, POST SCRIPT: Essays in Film and Humanities, Special Issue:       Transnational Cinema, vol. 25, no. 2, Winter/Spring 2006, pp. 80-82

Papers and Presentations

-“Mosaic History and the Library of Congress Mosaics,” Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., November, 2009

-“Artist or Artisan? Mosaicists and the Collaborative Process,” American Mosaic Summit, 8th Annual Society of American Mosaic Artists Conference, San Diego, CA, March, 2009


-Interviewee, Mosaic of Art Radio Show (originating in Miami Florida) episode 7, initial broadcast, 7 February, 2010

-Panelist, “A Critical Discussion of Mosaic Arts International 2010” exhibition, American

Mosaic Summit, 9th Annual SAMA Conference, Chicago, March, 2010

-Organizer, curator and author of catalogue. Exhibition: “Inspired by…Contemporary Mosaics and the Historical Tradition,” DuPont Gallery, University of Mary Washington, 17 October-7 December, 2008.