ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORYnturel@uab.edu Office // AEIVA 227 205.934.8973
MA Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; PhD University of California, Santa Barbara
Areas of Specialization: Northern Renaissance Art, Late Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture, Performance Art and Theory
Noa Turel’s research area is Early Modern and late medieval European art with a particular focus on Valois France and the Netherlands. In her current work she draws on evidence at the intersection of the histories of art, theater, and science to explore the changing epistemology of pictorial representation over the period 1300-1600. She has authored five peer-reviewed articles and chapters to date and is currently completing the manuscript of her first book, Living Pictures: Animation and Realism in Early Netherlandish Painting.
In Spring 2016, Dr. Turel will be on leave to pursue research for her second book project, Ingenious Secrets: Painting and Research in Renaissance Courts with the support of two fellowships: a Faculty Development Grant from UAB as well as a three-months Resident Scholar award from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Dr. Turel has been the recipient of multiple other awards, including a 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Getty Research Institute, the 2011-2012 Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, a 2007-2011 Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship and the 2012 Margaret Mallory Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the 2006-2007 Stanislawa Kryszek Award from the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Prior to completing her graduate studies, Dr. Turel had interned and worked in curatorial departments at the Courtauld, MoMA, and the Leo Baeck Institute, and co-curated a large exhibition of contemporary body art at UCSB.
At UAB, she teaches courses in Renaissance, Baroque, and medieval art history. Prospective applicants for the M.A. program who are interested in any aspect of Early Modern and late medieval European art are encouraged to contact Dr. Turel.