Lydia McCollum

Lydia McCollum

Graduate Teaching Assistant


Rockford, Ala., native Lydia McCollum is a graduate student in art history, concentrating in Medieval art. Her thesis research focuses on the twelfth-century manuscript, Liber Floridus. McCollum is assisting in Early Medieval Art, Intro to Visual Art, Survey of Asian Art, and Survey of Art I.

McCollum is in her second year of the Accelerated Master’s Program. Her minor is in the Medieval and Early Modern European Studies (MEMES) program and her capstone research project, “Women, Sin, and Vice along the Pilgrimage Routes to Santiago de Compostela,” was accepted to the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Conference in 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19).

McCollum co-curated the exhibition Color by Color at the Paul R. Jones Museum in Tuscaloosa. She has been a guest lecturer in the UA history department on “Abbot Suger and lux nova” and she presented her research, “Women, Sin, and Vice along the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela,” at the 25th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

McCollum serves as an art ambassador for the department of art and art history, and has served as gallery assistant for the Paul R. Jones Museum and The University of Alabama Gallery in Tuscaloosa. She has also served as activity assistant for the Paul R. Jones’ K-12 Committee at Arcadia Elementary School’s Extended Day Program.