Katharine Lochnan

Hon.; B.A.; M.A.; Ph.D.; M.T.S.

Lecturer, Art History

Teaching Level: Basic Degree (Sessional Faculty)
Specializations: Spirituality and Art History

Art historian Katharine Lochnan joined the faculty of Regis College as a sessional lecturer in 2017. She received her Hon. B.A. (1968) and M.A (1972) in art history from the University of Toronto, her M.T.S.(2020) from Regis College, and her Ph.D.(1982) in art history from the Courtauld Institute, University of London. She is Senior Curator Emeritus at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a Senior Fellow at Massey College. She was consultant (2018-2021) to the Toronto School of Theology for the development of the new stream “Theology, Spirituality and the Arts” within the Master of Theological Studies degree http://www.theologyarts.com. As curator (1969-2017) she produced major international exhibitions focused on artistic visionaries including “The Earthly Paradise: The Arts and Crafts of William Morris in Canadian Collections,” “Holman Hunt: The Visionary Pre-Raphaelite, “Painting Toward the Light: The Watercolours of David Milne”, “Turner, Whistler, Monet: Impressionist Visions,” and “Mystical Landscapes from Vincent Van Gogh to Emily Carr.” She is exploring the theological context and content of works of art, the spiritual roots of artistic creativity and the ability of art to convey mystical experiences. She is also a spiritual director.

  • Research Interests and Expertise

    • 19th and early 20th French and English art and its spiritual roots
    • Mysticism and Art
    • Monet and Buddhism
    • Pollution and Impressionism
    • Reformation altarpieces
    • Celtic art, architecture and spirituality

  • Courses

    • RGT3661 Mystical Landscape Art: From Vincent Van Gogh to Emily Carr (with M. Stoeber).
    • RGT1120H Theology, Spirituality and the Arts (with R. Smick).
    • RGP3815HS Art and Spirituality in Rembrandt and Van Gogh with Henri Nouwen as Guide (with S. Mulrooney)
    • RGH3721H Pilgrim Souls:  Theology, Art and Architecture in Britain from William Blake to William Morris (in development).

  • Selected publications

    Articles and Chapters



    • Mystical Landscapes from Vincent Van Gogh to Emily Carr, Lochnan ed. assisted by Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov.  Munich, London, New York:  Prestel, 2016, 356 pp. (French translation Au delà des étoiles: le Paysage Mystique de Monet à Kandinsky, Paris: Musée d’Orsay, 2017).
    • Katharine Lochnan and Carol Jacobi eds. Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision. Yale University Press, London, 2008, 220 pp.
    • Katharine Lochnan, ed. “Painting Toward the Light”: The Watercolours of David Milne, Douglas and MacIntyre, Vancouver, 2005,192 pp.
    • Katharine Lochnan, ed. Turner, Whistler, Monet:  Impressionist Visions., Tate Publishing, London.  French edition published by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris. Trade edition by Abrams, U.S.A., 2004, 262 pp.
    • Katharine Lochnan, Douglas Schoenherr and Carole Silver, eds., The Earthly Paradise:  Arts and Crafts by William Morris and His Circle from Canadian Collections Key Porter Books, Toronto, 1993, 296pp.



    • “The Mystery Thing”: David Milne and Spirituality” in David Milne: Modern Painting, Sarah Milroy, ed., Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, England, 2018,  pp. 75-79.
    • “Mysticism and Art: Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Evelyn Underhill,” in  Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: A Celebration of Jonathan Mané-Wheoki, Art Historian, Mark Stocker and Conal McCarthy eds., Victoria University Press, Wellington, New Zealand. 2017.



    • “Decoding a Nautical Symbol within Secular and Sacred Contexts: Ship Graffito at Corcomroe Abbey”, The Other Clare (Annual Journal of the Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society, Shannon, Ireland), v. 35 (August 2011), pp. 39-49.
    • “David Milne: Face to Face with Infinity”, Queen’s Quarterly v. 113 (Spring  2006) pp.36-47