Erin Webster

Erin Webster
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Telephone number
Building HW 422
Art History and Visual Culture; Curatorial Studies


I have a joint doctorate in art history and museum studies, and have worked in both areas. After several years as a full-time curatorial researcher at the Art Gallery of Ontario, I began teaching at the University of Toronto Scarborough.  My teaching and research focus on crossing the academic-museum boundaries, particularly through the introduction of technical art history, experiential learning and object-focussed study to undergraduate students. I also enjoy collaborative approaches to teaching and research, partnering with colleagues from such disciplines as music, chemistry and history to build interdisciplinary courses.




PhD Art History and Museum Studies, 2001 
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH USA
Dissertation: Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder and the Language of Art: Images with Text in the  
Elizabethan Renaissance.  Supervisors: Walter S. Gibson; Catherine B. Scallen
MA History of Art, 1994 University of Toronto
BA History of Art; Minor: Literary Studies; History. Victoria College, 1992 University of Toronto



Teaching Interests

Early modern art and visual culture (Northern Europe); Technical art history; Curatorial studies and ethics; Provenance and collecting; Prints and map culture



Research Interests

Technical art history; Object-focussed learning; Experiential learning; University art collections



Awards and Grants

Mentorship Initiative Fund for “Building a Community of Practice for Teaching in the Arts, Culture and Media Department” (April, 2022-August, 2023)
PACF Award (2022) academic coaching fund
Dean’s Experiential Education Fund Award (2019)
Jackman Humanities Institute, Scholars-in-Residence Project May 2019 
Kress Fellowship, STITAH 2018




Review of Frans-Willem Korsten: A Dutch Republican Baroque: Theatricality, Dramatization, Moment, and Event in Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies,  Vol. 39, 2020. 

Review of Art and its Global Histories: A Reader, ed. Diana Newall in Révue d^' art canadienne;Canadian Art Review,RACAR Vol. 44, Issue 1, 2019.

Review of Art in the Making: Underdrawings in Renaissance Paintings, ed. David Bomford. London: National Gallery Company, London, 2002, in Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 3 (Fall, 2004), pp. 906-908. 

Review of H. Rodney Nevitt, Art and the Culture of Love in Seventeenth Century Holland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, in Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 2 (Summer, 2004), pp. 550-552. 




Project: “Building a Community of Practice for Teaching in the Arts, Culture and Media Department” with Profs. Sherri Helwig and Patricia Lamie

Project: "Activating Objects" researching and developing pedagogical strategies using the University of Toronto Malcove Collection.