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My primary field of interest is medieval art, with a particular focus on representations of scholastic thought. My current project examines the use of cosmological imagery in pavements in 11th- through 13th-century architecture, with a particular eye to the influence of scientific diagrams on floor decoration. More generally, I am interested in the intersection of secular and sacred in art throughout the Middle Ages, and in using such relationships to better understand medieval culture.


MA in History of Art & Architecture Boston University – 2018 (expected)
PhD (incomplete; ABD), History of Art & Architecture, Boston University – 2011-2017

MA in Medieval Studies with distinction, University of York, UK – 2008
Dissertation: Defining the Liberal Arts: Representations in Sculpture at Sens and Laon

BA in Liberal Arts, concentration in Art History, Sarah Lawrence College – 2007

Art History Certificate, University of Cambridge, UK – 2005


Tradition and Innovation: 125 Years of the Arts in Cornish
Exhibition catalog, 2010; Cornish Colony Museum

Illustrating the Imagination: Celebrating Children’s Illustrators from the Cornish Colony and Today
Exhibition catalog, 2009 – 2010; Cornish Colony Museum

Nicole Ford Burley

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