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Emily Davis Winthrop

Arts Collections Librarian

Assistant Professor
Collections and Discovery, Collection Analysis and Investment

(804) 827-3577
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 204


  • Ph.D. Art History, VCU, 2016. Dissertation: Allegories of the Modern: The Female Nude in Art Nouveau
  • M.A. Art History, VCU, 2006
  • B.A. Art History, VCU, 2005

Previous professional experience

  • Graduate Assistant (Instructor of Record), Department of Art History, VCU, 2005-2011
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, VCU Artists and Writers Study Abroad Program, Department of International Studies, VCU, and Glasgow School of Art, 2008-2010
  • Adjunct Professor, John Tyler Community College, 2009
  • Monticello Foundation Intern, Jefferson Library, 2005-2006
  • Intern, Department of Historic Resources, 2005

Teaching experience

  • Honors: Women, Art and Society, WMNS 451 (Instructor of Record)
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh and His Circle, ARTH 489 (Instructor of Record)
  • Survey of Western Art II, ARTH 104 (Instructor of Record)
  • Survey of Western Art I, ARTH 103 (Instructor of Record)
  • Art Appreciation I, ARTS 101 (Instructor of Record)
  • Art Historical Methods, ARTH 390 (Teaching Assistant)
  • Pre-Columbian Art, ARTH 335 (Teaching Assistant)


  • Best Paper at Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Museum Graduate Symposium, Au Naturel: Studying Representations of the Nude in Art, Cleveland, OH, for "Just like a "new woman": The female nudes of Margaret and Francis Macdonald," 2008. 

Selected presentations

  • Davis, E. (2013). Co-chair for Close Connections: The Detail in Art and Literature in the Nineteenth Century at SECAC 2013, Greensboro, NC.
  • Davis, E. (2011). British literary periodicals transform the female form in turn-of-the-century Glasgow. Presented at College Art Association: Historians of British Art: Emerging Scholars, New York, NY. 
  • Davis, E. (2008). On exhibit and at home: The double nature of Rupert Carabin's sculpture/furniture. Presented at Southeast College Art Conference: The Eloquent Object, New Orleans, LA. 
  • Davis, E. (2008). Just like a "new woman": The female nudes of Margaret and Francis Macdonald. Paper presented at Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Museum Graduate Symposium: Au Naturel: Studying Representations of the Nude in Art, Cleveland, OH. 

Selected publications

  • Davis, E. (2013). Review of: Designing antiquity: Owen Jones, ancient Egypt, and the Crystal Palace. ARLIS NA Reviews

Selected university service

  • Faculty Senate  

Professional organizations

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Art Libraries Society of North America
  • College Art Association
  • Southeast College Art Conference
  • Visual Resources Association, Intellectual Property Committee 
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • American Association of University Women

Collection management subject areas

  • Art education, art history, cinema, communication arts, crafts, dance, fashion, graphic design, interior design, kinetic imaging, painting and printmaking, photography and film, sculpture, theatre

Research interests

  • Artistic research; visual and media literacy; nineteenth-century European art and design; design theory; design technology; gender and art 

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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