Tania Kolarik

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate; Social Media Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Email: tkolarik@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education
B.S. Texas A&M University, 2013
M.A. University of North Texas, 2015

Biography
Tania graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2013 from Texas A&M University with a minor in Art and Architectural History. In 2015, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Art History from the University of North Texas, with a minor in Roman History. Her MA thesis focused on imperial and liturgical processions and their impact on the mosaics of the Late Antique church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

Currently, Tania’s dissertation, “Clothing the Commune: The Culture of Textiles in the Long Fourteenth Century,” examines the central role of textiles within Italian Trecento culture, especially the influence of Islamic, Byzantine, Mongol, and Italian textiles on the art and architecture of Italian cities. This requires reframing the field of Trecento art and architecture by placing textiles at the center of Italian society as the primary lens through which to view the Trecento world. Her project will provide a more complete picture of the complex societal culture of the Italian Trecento. She also considers the role of gender and social class in the production and reception of these textiles within medieval Italian cityscapes.

Additionally, Tania is the Assistant Editor for the International Center for Medieval Art (ICMA) Newsletter (2021–24), a member of the ICMA Digital Resources Committee (2021–24), the Volume 5: Cartography in the Nineteenth Century Pre-Press Editor at The History of Cartography Project at UW–Madison, the Social Media Coordinator for the Department of Art History, and a graduate associate with the Center for Culture, History, and Environment.

Publications
“Reflecting a Woven Identity: The Global Textile Trade and Two Lucchese Church Façades,” Medieval Clothing and Textiles 19 (expected 2025).

“Sparkle of Heaven: The Role of Panni tartarici or Cloths of Gold to Identify the Divine,” in Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles, vol. 4, Colour (New York: Bloomsbury, expected Dec. 2024).

Review of The Lay Saint: Charity and Charismatic Authority in Medieval Italy, 1150–1350, by Mary Harvey Doyno, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 51 (2020):267–69.

“Vision of the Afterlife: The Heavenly Jerusalem of Santa Maria Maggiore,” Athanor 34  (2016):7–15.

“Portals Into Other Civilizations,” “New Media,” in The Art of Facsimile: A Digital Exhibition, University of North Texas, August 2016–August 2017, untfacsimileexhibition.omeka.net/

Awards
2024 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Special Mobility Grant
2023 Society for Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual International Conference Fellowship
2023 Nominee for University of Wisconsin–Madison Student Employee of the Year
2021 Nominee for University of Wisconsin–Madison Student Employee of the Year

Courses
ART HIST 202: History of Western Art II: From Renaissance to Contemporary
ART HIST 303: Witches, Ghosts, & Ghouls! The Supernatural in the History of Art

Primary Advisor(s)
Thomas E. A. Dale
Jennifer Pruitt