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Heather Gray
Art History Program Coordinator and Instructor
Art History

Thank you for coming to my page!

Here is how my Fall classes are going to go:

Normally my classes are face-to-face (meaning in the classroom at specific days and times) but this semester (Fall 2021) I will be conducting my classes fully online for the whole semester using Canvas (the online educational platform used at Cabrillo).

I will be teaching classes asynchronously, meaning that you will NOT be logging in at specific times to interact in real-time with me or your classmates via Zoom or other online conference tools. Instead, you will be participating in the class by watching pre-recorded lectures, reading provided articles, and contributing to group discussion boards. However! If you like having live interactions with your instructors or classmates, I hold completely OPTIONAL Zoom Hangouts every week. These are not lectures. I do not deliver any instruction at them. Instead, they are like study sessions where you can ask questions of or get clarification from me, get advice from other Art History students, or just hangout! Days, times, and Zoom links are provided within the Canvas course.

Students registered for one or more of my classes will be able to find my class(es) in Canvas by the first day of the semester (Fall 2021: August 23rd). To access the course content, go to Cabrillo's Canvas page (locate at the top of Cabrillo's homepage). Log in using your Cabrillo Student ID and password.

If you have any questions about how I will be conducting my classes this semester (Fall 2021) please message me.

And if you would like to know a little about me, here is a short bio:

I was a first generation college student. I went to Cabrillo and then transferred to UC Santa Cruz as a Financial Aid student where I received my Bachelor's Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture and studied abroad in Rome, Italy. I went on to obtained my Master's Degree in Art History and Visual Culture from San Jose State University.

I love Art History because I am the type of person who wants to know everything about everything and Art History allows me to do that. No matter your interests, Art History has you covered! You can look at art (or the term I like to use, visual culture) from any angle: Biology, Anthropology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Businesses, Health Sciences, Agriculture, and more. Yes! All of it!

While my specialty is in Renaissance architecture and urban planning of Rome, I have a wide variety of interests across time, media, and geography. I am particularly obsessed with hydraulic infrastructure like aqueducts and FOUNTAINS! However, my current work is on the historiography of Art History and its contribution to the centering of whiteness in the mythology of "essentialism." As such, I start each of my classes with a conversation on the white-centric foundations of Art History. From there, I continue to weave the topic of whiteness, as well as heteronormativity, misogyny, and colonialism, throughout my courses, pointing out and analyzing the ways in which visual culture upholds or denies the existing hegemonic narrative of the time/location. I do this with the goal of reshaping Art History to be something that truly reflects the diversity of human experiences that are expressed throughout the totality of visual culture made across time and space.

But, as I am only one person, with one kind of lived experience, I can only do this with you: your voice, your perspective, your experience. So, I invite you to join me in creating an Art History that reflects humanity as a whole. Your perspective, your voice matters. You are needed.