Maureen Kochanek
Joined Seton Hill
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First and foremost Maureen Vissat is a highly committed, dedicated, and hard working professional. She has a proven track record for excellence in teaching. In 1997 she was awarded Professor of the Year by the students, faculty, and administrators at Seton Hill. In 2007 the Seton Hill Community recognized Maureen with the Amazing Award and in 2008 Maureen was the first recipient of the outstanding teaching in Liberal Arts Award. Maureen Vissat has devoted a good deal of her professional work to community outreach in the field of art history. She has lectured and given courses throughout Western Pennsylvania; she has authored and edited catalogues and educational materials as well as organized art exhibits and hosted speakers.


  • BA Georgetown University 1979
  • MA University of Pittsburgh 1985


  • "Confronting the Plagues: Perspective from the Visual Arts" Pandemic Series Hosted by Humanities September 2020
  • "Design + Planning: Programs, Plan and Charattes" contributor, Delmar Education, (2002)


  • Professor of the Year 1997
  • "AMAZING" Award Seton Hill 2007
  • Outstanding Teaching in the Liberal Arts 2008


  • Pittsburgh Foundation, Art Scholarship Advisor
  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Board Member


  • "Confronting the Plague(s): Perspectives form Art" School of Humanities , September 2020
  • "Art History That is Fit for the World", CAA (College Arts Association ) February 2017
  • “Beyond Art in the Dark: Socially Engaged Art History” Gaede Institute in Liberal Arts, Santa Barbara, California February 2016
  • “Harnessing iTunes U and iBook’s to enhance teaching and learning”, ISTE (International Society for Technology Educators), San Antonio, Texas June 2013
  • “STAR: Social Transformation Through Awareness and Resolve” American Association of Colleges and Universities, Washington DC, June 2013
  • Conference Presenter, Arts & Activism: Equality for All Conference California University, “Beyond Art in the Dark: Women in Art Seminar Extending the study of art history, art criticism, and art making” March 2010 Guest presenter, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, “From Object to Subject: Women in 19th c Art” October 2009.
  • “Curriculum for the Millennium Generation”, Association for General and Liberal Studies, October 2001.
  • Dante Society “Seeking the Divine: Ecstasy in Italian Art”, March 2003.
  • National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education Seton Hill University, “ The Arts: Connecting Holocaust education Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum” October 2006
  • Paintings in America 1940's, Westmoreland Museum of American Art 2008


  • Annual Exhibition, juror, ALtoona Museum of Art Fall 2020
  • SAMA Biennial, Juror, Southern Allegheny Museum of Art, Fall 2018
  • “Annual Catholic Arts Exhibition”, Saint Vincent’s College, April 2001. (Computer photograph ‘Ora Et Labora’)


  • University Learning Objectives, Co-Chair 2018-19
  • 1999-2005 Served as Chair of the Liberal Arts
  • 1988-1996 Served as Chair of the Art Program