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Caterina Y. Pierre, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Art History
Art Department
Caterina Pierre


Dr. Caterina Y. Pierre is Associate Professor of Art History at the City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. She received her doctoral degree in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2005. She has written and published numerous articles on sculpture of the Second Empire and the Third Republic in France, specifically on the work of Gustave Courbet, Jules Dalou and Marcello.  She also writes about American art, especially in the area of sculpture production by women artists.  Her first book, entitled “Genius Has No Sex: The Sculpture of Marcello (1836-1879),” was published in 2010 by Éditions de Penthes/Infolio, in Geneva, Switzerland.


Art 31 (Art History Survey; The Visual Experience)

Art 34 (Survey of Western Art: Renaissance to 1900)

Art 35 (Modern Art I: 1880-1945)

Art 36 (Modern Art II: 1945-Present Day)

Art 98 (History of Modern Sculpture)


BA, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1994

MA, Hunter College, CUNY, 1996

M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2001

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2005

College Teaching

Since 2005 at CUNY Kingsborough; also: The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; Parsons, The New School, New York; Christie’s Education, New York; The American University in Paris, Paris, France.

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources
Book Publication, Genius Has No Sex: The Sculpture of Marcello (1836-1879). Geneva, Switzerland: Editions de Penthes/Editions Infolio, 2010.

Exhibition Review, “Dalou in England: Portraits of Womanhood, (1871-1879)” at the Yale Center for British Art, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Spring 2010).

“Des âmes sœurs: les échanges entre Delacroix et Marcello” Société des Amis du Musée National Eugène Delacroix, Bulletin No. 7(Fall 2009): 39-46.

Exhibition Review, “Henry de Triqueti (1803-1874), scultore dei Principi” at the Museo Vincenzo Vela, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Spring 2009).

Exhibition Review, “La matière de l’étrange, Jean Carriès (1855-1894)“ at the Petit Palais, Musées des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Fall 2008).

“Bessie Potter Vonnoh: A Sculptor’s Legacy in New York” Fine Art Connoisseur, Vol. 5, No. 4 (August 2008): 42-45.

Exhibition Review, “Elegant//Expressiv: Von Houdon bis Rodin, Französische Plastik des 19. Jahrhunderts“ at the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Spring 2008).

Catalog Essay, “Plasters and Disasters: Audrey Flack’s Recent Sculpture” in the catalog for the Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery exhibition of the same title (Spring 2007):1-15.

Exhibition Review, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848 – 1907): scultore Americano dell'Età d'Oro at the Museo Vincenzo Vela, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Spring 2007).

“The rise and fall of the Musée Marcello” The Journal of the History of Collections Vol. 18, No. 2 (Oxford, England, November 2006): 211-223.

“To Bid Thee Farewell: Commemorative Portrait Depicting Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)” in WAPACC Organization, Constructions of Death, Mourning, and Memory Conference Proceedings, ISBN 0-9785461-0-5, pages 86-88, 219-220.

“A New Formula for High Art: The Genesis and Reception of Marcello’s PythiaNineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Autumn 2003).

Events and/or Key Dates

Research Interests

Nineteenth-and early twentieth-century art, with a focus on European and American sculpture; the social impact of art; women sculptors.

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

PSC-CUNY 41 Research Award, City University of New York Faculty Research Award (2010-2011)

PSC-CUNY 40 Research Award, City University of New York Faculty Research Award (2009-2010)

President’s Faculty Innovation Award, CUNY Kingsborough Community College (2008-2009)

PSC-CUNY 39 Research Award, City University of New York Faculty Research Award (2008-2009)

 PSC-CUNY 38 Research Award, City University of New York Faculty Research Award (2007-2008)

PSC-CUNY 37 Research Award, City University of New York Faculty Research Award (2006-2007)

IIE Fulbright Fellowship, affiliation with the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland (2003-2004)

CUNY Dissertation Year Fellowship, Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (2002-2003)

Réseaux-Echanges Program, Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland (2002)

Resident Fellowship, Swiss Institute for Art Research, Zürich (Summer 2001)

John Rewald Fellowship (2000)

Spero-Goldreich Fellowship for Dissertations in Sculpture (2000)

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

AICA – International Association of Art Critics (United States Section)

College Art Association (CAA)

Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA)

Association of Historians of 19th-Century Art (AHNCA - Newsletter Editor/Board Member, 2010)

Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association (MAPACA - Co-Area Chair, American Studies)

Public Art Dialogue (PAD)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Personal Interests

French language study



Currently reading the complete 20-novel series Les Rougon-Macquart by Emile Zola (in English)

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