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.