Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Fine Arts

Rebecca Ruppar

Title/s:  Instructor of Fine Arts in Art History

Office #:  Mundelein 900

Phone: 773.508.7510



Dr. Rebecca Ruppar has had a lifelong fascination with the intersection of art and religion. After working as a campus minister and retreat director, she moved to Belgium where she learned to write sacred icons and earned a Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with a thesis on the religious dimensions of modern art.

Returning to the United States, she earned Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri, focusing on late antique and medieval European and Byzantine art and architecture. Her research focuses on the material and iconographic aspects of early Franciscan paintings in their response to heterodoxy.

Dr. Ruppar is an Instructor of Art History in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and she also teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Honors Program.