Rebecca Trittel

  • B.A., University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A., University of Essex
  • Ph.D., University of Essex

"My inspiration for teaching is the student in the back row, who appears rather bored. What can I do to make art history interesting, appealing and make that student want to learn?"

Rebecca Trittel | Art history professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Marquis's Who's Who of American Women, 2006; SCAD Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development, 2003; National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs Travel Grant, Colchester, UK, 2001


College Art Association, Southeastern College Art Conference, Association of Art Historians, Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Previous Positions

Rebecca B. Trittel, Ph.D., began teaching at SCAD in 2001 and served as the chair of the art history department from 2005-08. Her areas of specialization include portraiture, 19th-century art, British art and modernism, and Dutch Baroque art.

Publications and presentations


  • Dictionary of Artists' Models, Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
  • "Constable and Wivenhoe Park: Reality and Vision," Catalog, University of Essex, 2001.
  • "The Hermit of Eartham: William Hayley and his Friendship with George Romney," Transactions of the Romney Society, vol. 5, 2000.
  • "Printing the Unprintable: The Bicentenary of Goya's 'Caprichos,'" Catalog, University of Essex, 1999.

Presentations and lectures

  • 2010 - SECAC, Richmond VA: Presented "Portraits of Power and the Power of Portraiture in the reign of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen" in the Session entitled, About Face: Investigating the Problematics of Portraiture
  • 2009 - SECAC, Mobile, AL: Chaired the session entitled Looking Back/Looking Forward: The Role of Portraiture in the Establishment of a Historical Identity - Literary Theme and presented "The Portrait of Lord Byron in Arnaout Costume by Thomas Phillips, R.A."
  • 2005 - "Self-portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds," Earle W. Newton Center for British and American Studies, Savannah, Ga.
  • 2003 - Delivered a presentation about the unveiling of newly discovered paintings and illustrations by Pierre Auguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell at Red Baron Antiques, Atlanta.
  • 2000 - Chaired a session at the Blake and the Enlightenment conference, University of Essex.
  • 1999 - "Gold Braid and Brass Buttons: The Military Uniform's Influence on Men's Civil Fashions of the 18th and Early 19th Centuries," Conflicting Visions: The Culture of War in Europe 1660-1815 Conference, University of Leicester, UK.