Heather McCune Bruhn

Dr. Heather McCune Bruhn
Dr. Heather McCune Bruhn

Assistant Teaching Professor of Art History



  • Ph.D. and M.A. in art history (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • B.F.A. in art history and B.F.A. in painting and printmaking (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Specialty Area: 

Western Medieval Art and Architecture


An artist and teacher from a family of artists and teachers, Dr. Bruhn started her academic career intending to become a painter.  After receiving undergraduate degrees in Art History and Silkscreen Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, she came to Penn State for her MA and PhD (2006) in Art History.  Her specialty is late Medieval goldsmithwork from Germany, a topic that she researched as a Fulbright grantee in Cologne, Germany.  This research helped to spark her interest in artistic technique, the meaning and function of works of art, the economics of art, and broader issues of historical and cultural context.  Working with the eLearning Institute in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, she debuted her first online course (the original Art H. 111 online) in 2009, and her second online course (Art H. 112) in 2011.  She teaches both online and in the classroom nearly every semester.  In 2014, she received a Course Enhancement Grant that allowed her to travel to and experience many of the works that she teaches in Art History 111.