Silvia Tita


Associate Professor
Art History & Visual Culture


Dr. Elka M. Stevens is a 2021- 2022 MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Howard University, is Coordinator of the Fashion Design BFA and MFA programs. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersections of visual and material culture, international trade, gender, and identity. She uses textiles and clothing as a lens of analysis, inspiration, and media for her work. Three of her current research projects examine the impact of globalization and trade policy on visual and material culture, the impact of political iconography on public attitudes, and the digitization of a historic costume collection. She currently teaches courses on fashion, textiles, international trade, African American appearance, entrepreneurship, and gender. In addition to teaching in excess of 20 y ears in the United States and Africa, Dr. Stevens has worked as a product development specialist, a micro-enterprise trainer for the Peace Corps, and a technology trainer in Ghana. Elka has also worked as a creative and marketing consultant for businesses in the US and Ghana. As an engaged artist/practitioner, Dr. Stevens’ mixed media pieces explore issues of gender, identity, globalization, and repurposing. Her collaborative endeavors explore relationships between artists, ideas, media, and technologies. In addition to extensive teaching, research, and entrepreneurial endeavors, Elka has maintained membership in various service, academic, and professional organizations.

Silvia Tita’s Courses


HA 230 Renaissance and Baroque Art
Fall 2021
Arts of the Renaissance and Baroque periods (14th-17th centuries) in Europe: Early and High Renaissance in Italy, Northern Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque.

HA 291 Special Topics: Printing Strategies (1550-1750)
Fall 2021
The wider availability of printing in sixteenth-century Europe led to the emergence of a host of new avenues both in terms of artistic expressivity and marketability. This class examines the strategies employed by early modern artists, printers, and publishers for personal as well as institutional promotion and monetary gain. Working independently or alongside humanists, scientists, religious and political organizations, those involved in the printing industry delved into contemporary artistic, scientific, theological, and political discourses, many of which had global audiences.

HA 102 Intro to Western Art History: Renaissance to Modern
Spring 2022
Introductory survey of Western Art from the Renaissance to the Contemporary era, focusing on key works, monuments, and stylistic trends.

HA491: Art and Global Networks in the Early Modern Period
Spring 2022
The early modern period (c. 1450-1700) witnessed an unprecedented expansion of global networks. While Europeans navigated toward new horizons, they were surprised to discover numerous established trade routes beyond their previously known universe. This course examines the motivations of art production, export, assimilation, and translation in transnational exchanges. Topics include gifting, propaganda, diplomacy as well as art, agent, court and missionary networks.

University News

College Welcomes 27 New Faculty and Staff Members
Published September 7, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
This semester, the College of Arts & Letters is pleased to welcome 27 new faculty and staff members. Please join us in welcoming these newest faculty and staff members to the College. Read now »
First Appointee of Carol Ann Bennett-Vallès Professorship in Art History Named
Published May 26, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Art Historian and Digital Humanities Researcher Silvia Tita has been selected as the first appointee of the Carol Ann Bennett-Vallès Professorship in Art History at Michigan State University. Read now »