Carol Colclough Strickland

Historical Novel set in 6th-century Constantinople tells Empress Theodora's story

Available in print or as enhanced eBook for kindle or iPad

July 2012

at Chicago Cultural Center

Recently Published Feature Stories, Audio Interview

More stories are viewable on http:/​/​,, and
Audio interview with Carol Strickland on her background and characters and events in novel "The Eagle and the Swan" is available at New Books in Historical Fiction website: http:/​/​​2013/​11/​19/​carol-strickland-the-eagle-and-the-swan-erudition-digital-2013/​

Recent Feature Stories in print and online:
"The Lasting Impact of Sea Ranch," Alta magazine, January 2019 https:/​/​​the-lasting-impact-of-sea-ranch/​?utm_source=Alta+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0ff08349ac-Sea+Ranch+1%2F24%2F2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bdb48a27fe-0ff08349ac-76158693
"Second Impression: Berthe Morisot at the Barnes Foundation," Art in America, Nov. 7, 2018 https:/​/​​news-features/​news/​second-impression-berthe-morisot-barnes-foundation/​
"Impressionist Berthe Morisot Finally Gets Her Day, Clyde Fitch Report," Nov. 15, 2018 http:/​/​​2018/​11/​morisot-exhibition-barnes-impressionism/​
"How Out-of-the-Way Arts Institutions Build Community," Clyde Fitch Report, Nov. 17, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​11/​community-crystal-bridges-grace-farms/​
"New Frontier at Tippet Rise Art Center: Access for All," Clyde Fitch Report, Nov.12, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​10/​tippet-rise-philanthropy-community/​
"Some Go Up: Lola Alvarez Bravo at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation," Art in America, October 9, 2018 https:/​/​​news-features/​news/​go-lola-alvarez-bravo-pulitzer-art-foundation/​
"Spanish Masterpieces Bridge Cultures at the San Antonio Museum of Art," August 1, 2018 http:/​/​​2018/​08/​spanish-san-antonio-painting-exhibition/​
"Nick Cave's Soundsuits Turn Dance into Political Action," Clyde Fitch Report, June 28, 2018 http:/​/​​2018/​06/​soundsuits-nick-cave-performance-armory/​
"Paul Rucker Makes Klan Robes To Fight Racism," Clyde Fitch Report, June 2, 2018: http:/​/​​2018/​06/​rucker-vcu-klan-robes-exhibition/​
"Mending the Social Fabric: Richmond's New Institute for Contemporary Art," Art in America, May 9, 2018 https:/​/​​news-features/​news/​mending-social-fabric-richmonds-new-institute-contemporary-art/​
"Addison Gallery Takes Aim at America's Gun Culture," May 4, 2018 http:/​/​​2018/​05/​gun-photo-exhibition-addison/​
"Trump's Perplexing Hair Explained: the Art of the Conceal," Clyde Fitch Report," April 4, 2018 http:/​/​​2018/​04/​hair-trump-reality/​
"Revelatory Histories: Zurbarán and Murillo at the Frick Collection," Art in America, March 12, 2018 https:/​/​​news-features/​news/​revelatory-histories-murillo-zurbaran-frick/​
"Pictorial and Political Lessons from Zurbarán: We Are Family," Clyde Fitch Report, March 6, 2018 http:/​/​​2018/​03/​zurbaran-judaism-jacob-frick/​
"The Ups, Downs and Ups of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo," February 6, 2018, Clyde Fitch Report http:/​/​​2018/​02/​murillo-frick-spanish-baroque/​
"Even the Virgin Mary Has a #MeToo Story: The Annunciation," Clyde Fitch Report, Dec. 17, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​12/​annunciation-metoo-art-history/​
"Sanford Biggers Sculptures Evoke Violent History," Clyde Fitch Report, Sept. 22,2017 http:/​/​​2017/​09/​sanford-biggers-selah-black-lives-matter/​?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork
"The Iceman Cometh: Guariglia Flies with NASA to Make Eco-Art," Art in America, Sept. 12, 2017 http:/​/​​news-features/​interviews/​the-iceman-cometh-guariglia-flies-with-nasa-to-make-eco-art/​
"Sarah Goldhagen: How Built Forms Form Us," Clyde Fitch Report, Aug. 25, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​08/​goldhagen-book-architecture/​
"Emphasis on the Magic: A Wyeth Retrospective, Art in America, July 11, 2017 http:/​/​​news-features/​news/​emphasis-on-the-magic-a-wyeth-retropective/​
"Ai Weiwei Puts You under Surveillance at the Armory," Clyde Fitch Report, June 30, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​06/​ai-weiwei-herzog-de-meuron-surveillance/​
"A Quest for Beauty: Tiffany's Mosaics at the Corning Museum of Glass," Art in America, June 16, 2017," http:/​/​​news-features/​news/​a-quest-for-beauty-tiffanys-mosaics-at-the-corning-museum-of-glass/​
"Habitat 67 Turns 50: Sadie Talks Ethical Architecture," Clyde Fitch Report, June 2, 2017, http:/​/​​2017/​06/​safdie-habitat-67-architect/​
"Not Cool: Justin Guariglia Photographs Arctic Meltdown," Clyde Fitch Report, May 3, 2017, http:/​/​​2017/​05/​justin-guariglia-nasa-climate-change/​
"Three British Princesses Champion the Enlightenment," April 6, 2017, Clyde Fitch Report, http:/​/​​2017/​04/​british-princesses-enlightenment-exhibition-yale/​
"Yesterday's Xenophobia Today: Japanese Internment and Muslim Bans," Clyde Fitch Report, March 8, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​03/​japanese-internment-exhibitions/​
"A Human Touch: Ann Hamilton's Portraits at UT Austin," Art in America, Feb.10, 2017 http:/​/​​news-features/​news/​a-human-touch-ann-hamiltons-portraits-at-ut-austin/​
"Artists Address Revolution: Trump Today vs. 1917 Bolsheviks," Clyde Fitch Report, Feb.8, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​02/​revolution-trump-lenin-stalin-artists/​
"Seeing Red: When Russian Art and Politics Were Revolutionary," Clyde Fitch Report, Jan.14, 2017 http:/​/​​2017/​01/​moma-russia-avant-garde/​
"Fill in the Blanks: Photography at the Barnes," Art in America, Dec. 14, 2016,
"Back to the Future: the Social-Activist Architecture of Moshe Safdie," Momus, Feb. 3, 2016
"From Exile to Acclaim: the Unlikely Story of Mu Xin and China's Reformation," Momus, Jan. 11, 2016
"'Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 1975' shows the Boss as he was," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 8, 2015
"Interview with Carol Strickland," Art + Design magazine, Fall 2015, https:/​/​​magazine/​art-design-fall-2015-control/​0447278001442959692?page=46
"Manifesto: The Future of Art Books is Digital," September 15, 2015, FutureBook http:/​/​​futurebook/​manifesto-ebooks-art-312408
"Shedding New Light on the Night: Obscurity and Clarity in the American Nocturne," Momus, Sept. 11,2015, http:/​/​​shedding-new-light-on-the-night-obscurity-and-clarity-in-the-american-nocturne/​
"Seeing Red; Understanding Kazuo Shiraga's Sudden Fame," Momus, April 8, 2015, http:/​/​​seeing-red-understanding-kazuo-shiragas-sudden-fame/​
"Ai Weiwei Breaks into Alcatraz," Art in America, Oct. 9, 2014 http:/​/​​news-features/​news/​ai-weiwei-breaks-into-alcatraz/​
"Getting the Lead Out: Mel Chin," Art in America, April 1, 2014 http:/​/​​news-features/​interviews/​getting-the-lead-out-mel-chin/​
"Sex in the City (Constantinople), Salon, January 9, 2014, http:/​/​​content.php?cid=8342224&is_preview=1
“Duchamp Does Dallas,” Salon, November 20, 2013, http:/​/​​blog/​carolartbeat/​2013/​11/​20/​duchamp_does_dallas
"Deep in the Art of Texas," Art in America, October 30, 2013 http:/​/​​news-features/​news/​deep-in-the-art-of-texas/​
“Miami Museum Looks South to Go Global,” Art in America, May 17, 2013, http:/​/​​news-opinion/​news/​2013-05-17/​miami-museum-looks-south-to-go-global/​
"Kandinsky Spoke 'Language of Color'," Christian Science Monitor, April 15, 2013 http:/​/​​The-Culture/​The-Home-Forum/​2013/​0411/​Kandinsky-spoke-language-of-color
"Going against the Grain: Interview with Sebastian Errazuriz," Art in America, March 28, 2013 http:/​/​​news-opinion/​conversations/​2013-03-28/​going-against-the-grain-interview-with-sebastian-errazuriz/​
"King Herod, Master Builder, at the Israel Museum," Art in America, March 26, 2013 http:/​/​​news-opinion/​finer-things/​2013-03-26/​king-herod-master-builder-at-israel-museum-/​
“Veronese in His Element,” Art in America, March 11, 2013 http:/​/​​news-opinion/​finer-things/​2013-03-11/​veronese-sarasota/​
“How Basketry Preserved a People,” Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 17, 2012 http:/​/​​The-Culture/​The-Home-Forum/​2012/​1213/​How-basketry-preserved-a-people
“New Art Push at Dartmouth with Hood’s Aboriginal Show,” Art in America, Oct. 5, 2012 http:/​/​​news-opinion/​finer-things/​2012-10-05/​aboriginal-art-hood-museum/​
"Beasts of the Southern Wild: Soul of a New Cinema," Salon, July 19, 2012, http:/​/​​blog/​carolartbeat/​2012/​07/​19/​beasts_of_the_southern_wild_soul_of_a_new_cinema
"Wish You Were There" [exhibit at Albright-Knox], Art in America, May 25, 2012; http:/​/​​news-opinion/​finer-things/​2012-05-25/​buffalo-avant-garde/​
"'Half the Sky Exhibition' Hopes to Inspire Action," Christian Science Monitor, April 26, 2012; http:/​/​​The-Culture/​Arts/​2012/​0426/​Half-the-Sky-exhibition-hopes-to-inspire-action
"New Orleans' Post-Katrina Artistic Revival Is in Full Swing," Christian Science Monitor, April 15, 2012; http:/​/​​The-Culture/​Arts/​2012/​0415/​New-Orleans-s-post-Katrina-artistic-revival-is-in-full-swing
"Cities Are Banking on the Arts," March 5, 2012; http:/​/​​The-Culture/​Arts/​2012/​0301/​Cities-are-banking-on-the-arts
"Theater for the 99%",​The-Culture/​Music/​2012/​0125/​Theater-for-the-99
“The Chef’s Art,” Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 19, 2011 (http:/​/​​The-Culture/​Arts/​2011/​1221/​The-chef-s-art)
“Sean Scully Shows New Stripes at the Chazen,” Art in America, Nov. 28, 2011 (http:/​/​​news-opinion/​finer-things/​2011-11-28/​sean-scully-chazen-museum/​)
“Designing for Disaster,” Christian Science Monitor, October 31, 2011
“Moshe Safdie, Activist Architect,” Private Journey Magazine, July, 2011
“A Photo Fest Takes over Toronto,” [Ed Burtynsky], Art in America, May 27, 2011]
“Designing for Dignity” [Moshe Safdie], Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 2011, http:/​/​​The-Culture/​Arts/​2011/​0603/​Designing-for-dignity
"Can an Artist Change Society?" [Ai Weiwei], C.S. Monitor, May 9, 2011
“Design Boosts the Bottom Line,”, March 14, 2011 http:/​/​​Business/​2011/​0323/​What-do-Apple-GM-and-P-G-share-Design
“Painters of Light: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand,”, Feb. 14, 2011
“The Art of a Crowd: Wiki-Art Erases the Line between Artist and Audience,”, January 17, 2011
“The Women of Pop [Female artists],”, Nov. 15, 2010
“Riding Shotgun: Lee Friedlander Photographs from the Car,”, Nov. 3, 2010
“Mirror Man” [Edward Albee],, Sept. 13, 2010
“Creating Art from Birds, Bugs, and Bones,”, June 21, 2010
“A Master’s Black and White World [Cartier-Bresson],”, May 3, 2010
“Tibet Tour: Go to the Heart of its Buddhist Sacred Art,”, April 15, 2010
“Photoshop and Facebook, Victorian Style [photocollage albums],, March 15, 2010
“Tino Was Here: Is it art? For elusive performance artist Tino Sehgal, it’s immaterial,”, Feb. 14, 2010
“The Mind of Tim Burton,” December 13, 2009
“Robert Frank: His Photos Recorded an Unvarnished America,”, November 22, 2009
“A Rough Ride for the ‘Model Minority’: Museum of Chinese in America Punctures Old Stereotypes and Some Still Lurking,”, November 15, 2009
“Madeleine Albright: Read My Pins,”, October 9, 2009
“Taking the Artistic Pulse of Generation Y,”, May 29, 2009
“Quixotic Land Art” [sculptor Andrew Rogers],, May 10, 2009
“Reality, Imagined” [Western photography],, April 26, 2009
“Orchids with a Brazilian Flair: The Bronx Pays Tribute to Pioneering Landscape Architect Roberto Burle Marx,”, March 20, 2009
"Iconoclastic Architects Catalyze Shift to More Populist Style" (Venturi and Scott Brown), Christian Science Monitor, March 28, 1996

Carol Strickland has written a historical novel based on the scandals and achievements of 6th-century Empress Theodora and Emperor Justinian, rulers of Byzantium, antiquity's most controversial (and least known) power couple. For more information, go to http:/​/​

Selected Works

non-fiction, art history
Interactive features allow reader full immersion or overview of subject, from background, precursors, technique, & people behind the art - with more than 100 full-color images, multiple hotspots for layers of extra information and blowups to see technique, designed especially for the iPad, available from iBooks
Historical Novel, Feminist History, Enhanced eBook & published as a print book by Echo Point Books & Media (2019)
Succinct, accessible survey of art history, "a browser’s delight, as well as an authoritative reference." The 3rd edition includes a new, updated chapter on contemporary art, published January 2018.
Architecture A-Z: styles, stars, movers, and movements that define the history of architecture. Facebook page at https://www.facebook/AnnotatedArch/?fref=ts 1st printing sold out, republished by Echo Point Books and Media (2018)
As introduction or refresher course, provides a brisk overview of literary achievement through the ages.
From cave paintings to contemporary art in a nutshell
Monograph on contemporary German painter, Aris Kalaizis, Hermer Verlag, 2009
Essay titled "Detour as a Route to Unity and Order"
"A Dangerous Beauty" essay on Waldman's oeuvre