Leo Costello

Leo Costello is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Art History at Rice University, where he has taught since 2005. He earned his B.A. at Skidmore College and an M.A. at American University, before getting a Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College. He moved to Houston in 2002 to work in the department of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Dr. Costello has published extensively on art originating from the 1760’s to the 1960’s, including essays on Joseph Wright of Derby, Wyndham Lewis and Alberto Giacometti. The bulk of his work has been on the English painter J.M.W. Turner. His book, J.M.W. Turner and the Subject of History, was published by Ashgate in 2012. He is now at work on a new book entitled Early Turner: The Artist in and Around London, 1792-1818. In 2013 he was given the Graduate Student Association Award for Mentoring and Teaching. He has been a four-time finalist for the George R. Brown teaching award.