Lecturer – Art History
Milda Richardson’s research interests focus on 19th- and 20th-century art, design, folk art, architecture, and issues relating to cultural landscape. One of her latest articles, “Iconoclasm and Resistance: Wayside Shrines in the Struggle for Lithuanian Independence,” appears in Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (London: Routledge, 2014). In it, she analyzes this unique folk art from both an anthropological and political perspective. Her next project on this subject is a book-length exploration of Lithuanian folk art.
Richardson is currently writing a monograph on the Boston firm of Maginnis & Walsh, the leading 20th century American ecclesiastical architects closely associated with the Arts & Crafts Movement. In 2013, she was the Orin E. Skinner Annual Lecturer and has published for The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation in the past. Her chapter in The Makers of Trinity Church… examines the work of Charles D. Maginnis in redesigning the chancel space of H.H. Richardson’s iconic building and places the chancel and its liturgical arts within the context of 20th-century design.
In order to better understand how art and language intersect, Richardson (with R.E. Richardson) translated Le Lingue Baltiche by the Italian philologist Pietro U. Dini into English. The translation, Foundations of Baltic Languages, was published by Vilnius University Press, 2014.
Dr. Richardson’s professional experience in diversity training and educational management additionally infuses her teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective.