Faculty & Staff Directory
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina
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PhD, University of Virginia (Art and Architectural History)
BA, New York University (Art History)
Fall 2017 Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 1.30-2.30 PM or by appointment
Fall 2017 classes: History of Western Art I (ARTH 105), Early American Art (HNRS ARTH 340)
Spring 2018 classes: History of Modern Architecture (ARTH 337), American Architecture (ARTH 542)
Professor Brandt’s scholarship asks questions about the ways in which American buildings and landscapes shape and respond to popular ideas about the past. The University of Virginia Press published her book, First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington’s Mount Vernon in the American Imagination, in late 2016. It chronicles America’s obsession with the first president’s iconic home through advertising, prints, paintings, popular literature, and the full-scale replication of its architecture. The Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon have supported Brandt’s research.
Since 2011, Brandt has taught the history of architecture and American art and the methods and theories of historic preservation at UofSC. She uses local resources in her classes, arranging projects and hands-on field trips centered recently on the sites of Historic Columbia, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, the UofSC campus, and the grounds of the South Carolina State House.
To see the products of some of her students’ research, see:
- Survey and History of Mid-Century buildings along Greene Street on the UofSC campus by her spring 2017 undergraduate architecture seminar.
- Survey and History of the Mid-Century Development of UofSC's campus by her spring 2016 joint graduate-undergraduate architecture seminar.
- Wikipedia page on mid-20th-century Columbia-based architecture firm Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle and Wolff by her spring 2015 joint graduate-undergraduate seminar.
- Digitizing Bull Street, showcasing research conducted by her spring 2014 joint graduate-undergraduate seminar on the architectural history and preservation of the South Carolina State Hospital in Columbia.
Professor Brandt’s also an active advocate for preservation in South Carolina.