Susan Moulton

Susan Moulton, Ph.D.

Susan MoultonSusan Moulton, Ph.D., senior Professor of Art History at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, earned graduate degrees in Art History from Stanford University and studied Art History and Archaeology at the University of Padua in Italy. She has received numerous grants and awards, including those from the Carnegie Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the George Sarlo Teaching Excellence Award. Susan Moulton has lectured widely on art history and Archaeomythology and has created more than one hundred courses in her field including the sacred feminine in history and pre-history, secular and Christian iconography in the Italian Renaissance, and cross-cultural topics in American and California art. She also manages a small farm in northern California with horses, llamas, pigs, goats, exotic birds, gardens and fruit trees and is a practicing painter and sculptor.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Art History (Renaissance), Stanford University.

M.A.,  Art History, Stanford University  (Ancient, Medieval, with Minor in Italian Language and Literature)

B.A. (magna cum laude), Art and Art History, University of California, Davis.

Certificate of Studies, Università di Padova, Italia (Art History and Archaeology).

Accademia, Venice (Drawing and Painting).

Professional Background

Professor of Art and Art History, Sonoma State University

1983-86, 1994
Adjunct Instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College

1975-1979, 1983-86
Chairperson, Department of Art, Sonoma State University

Adjunct Faculty, John F. Kennedy University

Associate Professor of Art, Sonoma State University

Assistant Professor of Art, Sonoma State University

Research and Teaching Assistant, Stanford University

Resident Assistant, Dean of Students Staff, Stanford University


“The Neolithic Acropolis, Athens.” In Female Mysteries of the Substratum.  Papers from the International Symposium, Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, June 7-11, 2004. Edited by Joan Marler and Miriam Robbins Dexter.

“Venus Envy: A sexual Epistemology.” ReVision. Cultures of the Goddess, Part II (Winter, 1998).  Edited by J. Marler and S. Moulton.

“Titian’s Assunta as Hieros Gamos.” In From the Realm of the Ancestors:An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas. Manchester, Conn.: Knowledge, Ideas and Trends.

“Interview: The Goddess in Art History.” Sojourn: Awakening Spirit, Culture.

“The Bitterroot-Selway” (poem). In Sonoma Mandala. Rohnert Park.

Completing the Picture: Native American, African American, Asian American and Mexican American Contributions to American Art.  Rohnert Park: Sonoma State University [2nd ed. 1997].

(Co-author) Works in Bronze: A Modern Survey. Exhibition Catalogue. Rohnert Park: Sonoma State University.

(Editor) Four from California. Edinburgh: Scotland.

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Art and the Women’s Movement.” In Women’s Studies and the Arts.  New York: Wittenborn Books.

“Franklin M. Jewett.”  In  From Frontier to Fire. University of California, Davis.

Biographical Citations:

Who’s Who in America. 1978-2005
Who’s Who in American Art. 1977-2002
Who’s Who in American Education. 1979-2005
Who’s Who in International Education. 1979-2005
Who’s Who in American Women. 1976-2002
Who’s Who of International Women. 1980-1996
Who’s Who in Public Service. 1978-1986
Personalities of the West and Midwest. 1979-1987
Men and Women of Distinction. 1979-1987
Dictionary of International Biography. 1979-1987
New York Art Review. 1988

Invited Lectures:

“Dvorak’s New World Symphony: Romanticizing the Indigenous.” Santa Rosa Symphony, Santa Rosa, Calif. (with Jeffrey Kahane, Conductor).

“The Neolithic Acropolis, Athens.”  Female Mysteries of the Substratum, symposium. Rila Monastery, Bulgaria.

“Cosmic Creation and the Great Flood Myth in Art.”  International symposium on the interdisciplinary significance of the Black Sea flood. Liguria Study Center, Bogliasco, Italy.

“The Dominion of the Magisterial Gaze: Appropriating Landscape Ideology.”  English Department Environmental Lecture Series, Sonoma State University.

“The Bohemian Grove, From High Peaks to High Jinks.” Annual Meeting of the National Visual Resources Association, San Francisco.

“An Emerging Worldview.”  From the Realm of the Ancestors: Language of the Goddess Conference, June 12-14, 1998, sponsored by California Institute of Integral Studies, Fort Mason, San Francisco.

“From Neolithic Clay to Renaissance Atelier.” Earth Shaped by Woman-Woman Shaped by Earth, Internaltional Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, June 21-25, 1998.

“Venus Envy: Censorship of the Sacred Feminine.” Deepening the Disciplines, the First International Conference of the Institute of Archaeomythology,  Madouri, Lefkada, Greece, July 13-18, 1998.

“Neolithic Vestiges in the Renaissance.” Gaia, Berkeley, Calif.

“Titian and the Goddess Tradition.”  Lithuanian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

“Titian’s Assunta  as Hieros Gamos: The Sacred Feminine in the Renaissance.”  American History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

“Women and the Tradition of the Sacred in Renaissance Art.” Radio Interview, KPFA, (Voices of Vision).

“Arcane Iconography in the Renaissance.”  Sonoma State University.

“Art Confiscated in WWII: To Whom Does It Belong?” German Department (Intercultural Training), SSU.

“Primary Colors: Racism in American Art.” lecture for English Department

“Renaissance Venice.” Section Chair, Northern California Renaissance Association Annual Meeting, Sonoma State University.

“Titian and the Sacred Feminine.” Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

“Witchcraft and the Persecution of Women in the Renaissance.” Westlake House Springs.

“Ecology and the American Landscape Tradition,” Miller Art Center, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

“Deep Ecology and Art.”  Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, Chicago, Ill.

“Modern American Sculpture.” Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, Idaho.

“Current Trends in Modern Sculpture.” Museum of Modern Art, Reno, Nevada.

“Passion and Ecstasy in Art.” English Lecture Series, Sonoma State University.

“Dutch Masters.” Los Angeles County Museum.

“The Vatican Collection.” De Young Museum, San Francisco.

“The Life and Times of Rembrandt van Rijn.” Sonoma State University.

“A History of Masterpieces.” Elderhostel Program, Rohnert Park, Calif.

“Images of Women in the Renaissance: The Grotesque, the Beautiful and the Punk.” English Lecture Series, Sonoma State University.

“Funerary Art from Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece: Death and Dying.” English Lecture Series, Sonoma State University.

“How to Look at Art of the Past.” Analy High School, Sebastopol, Calif.

“Contemporary Trends in Modern Sculpture in their Historical Contexts.”  American Association of University Women, Rohnert Park, Calif.

“Western Art and the Northern California Tradition.” Petaluma Art Center.

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Art and the Women’s Movement.” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Women’s Caucus for Art, Los Angeles, Calif.

“Evolution of the Cult of the Virgin in the Renaissance and its Modern Derivatives.” Sonoma State University.

“Tiziano e Venezia.” Convegno di Studi, Venice, Italy.

“Poetry and Art:  Creation and Critique.” Artist/poet in residence, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington.

“Witchcraft and the Cult of the Virgin in the Renaissance.” Sonoma State University.