Professor, Art History

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio is Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a specialist of Italian and Spanish sculpture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; her research has been supported by fellowships from the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Spain, the Kress Foundation, the Medici Archive Project, and Harvard's Center for Renaissance Studies "Villa I Tatti." Prof. Helmstutler Di Dio has lectured at the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Wallace Collection, London, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Istituto di Studi Rinascimentali, Ferrara, Italy, as well as at numerous universities and at conferences across Europe and North America.

Prof. Helmstutler Di Dio is deeply committed to teaching and advising. She teaches a variety of courses on the Renaissance and Baroque art in Europe, including Early Italian Renaissance Art, High and Late Italian Renaissance Art, Spanish Renaissance and Baroque Art, Global Baroque Art, The Art of Florence, and seminars on Art and Its Destruction, Michelangelo, Women in Renaissance Art, Early Modern Sculpture,The Status of the Artist in Early Modern Europe, and Museum Studies. Her students have curated exhibitions at the Fleming Museum including, Sex Objects (on representations of gender and sexuality in art) and Resist! Insist! Persist! (on activism and art).  Her students published a book, Confederate Monuments: Revisiting Our History, 2017.


In addition to many articles and essays, she has published several books: Leone Leoni and the Status of the Artist at the End of the Renaissance, Ashgate 2011, Sculpture Collections in Early Modern Spain (with Rosario Coppel, Ashgate 2014), Leone Leoni: Faith and Fame (with Rosario Coppel and Margarita Estella, Coll&Cortes, 2013), Making and Moving Sculptures in Early Modern Italy (editor, Ashgate, 2015), and Artistic Circulation between Early Modern Spain and Italy (edited with Tommaso Mozzati, Routledge, 2020). In addition, she is the editor for Routledge's Visual Culture in Early Modernity series.

Awards and Recognition

Prof. Helmstutler Di Dio won the University's 2016 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award; she was the recipient of an interdisciplinary teaching grant (EEIEE) from the College; and her courses have been featured in Vermont Quarterly, UVM News, and the Center for Teaching and Learning newsletter.

Kelly DiDio


Office Location:

410 Williams Hall

Courses Taught

  •  ARTH 3000