Gretchen Kreahling McKay
Gretchen Kreahling McKay is a professor of Art History at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD., where she serves as the chair of the Department of Art and Art History. In 2015 she was honored by her colleagues with the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2007, she began teaching with Reacting to the Past, a deeply immersive role-playing teaching approach created at Barnard College by Professor of History, Mark Carnes. She serves on the Reacting to the Past Consortium Board. She has written two games that are in development for the Reacting Consortium library of games: Modernism versus Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89 (which was first debuted at McDaniel College and featured in this storyOpens in a new window and also played at dozens of other institutions, including at Ithaca College and was written about on this blog) and Byzantine Iconoclasm: 726-843.
Her recent project seeks to link her work with the digital humanities with art history and undergraduate student-faculty research. She is in the beginning stages of researching Italo-Byzantine Panel Painting, specifically observing and tracking iconographic changes instituted by Italian artists on Byzantine models.