Sally Hickson is Director of the School of Fine Art & Music and Associate Professor of art history at the University of Guelph. Her work explores Renaissance courtly culture, secular imagery, patronage studies, the history of collections, constructions of gender and identity in early modern visual culture and the history of book and printing. She teaches a university field school on the art and architecture of Venice, and has been awarded the H.P. Krauss Fellowship in early books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library at Yale University (2009), attended the Kress-sponsored Sumer Institute in Technical Art History at Yale (2012) and won the Natalie Zemon Davis Award from the Journal Renaissance and Reformation (2010). An award-winning lecturer, she has twice been among the university's top nominees to deliver the prestigious 'last lecture' to graduating students. She is the author of Women, Art and Architectural Patronage in Renaissance Mantua: Matrons, Mystics and Monasteries (Ashgate 2012, paperback released by Routledge 2016), and the co-editor (with Dr. Sharon Gregory), as well as contributor to, Inganno -- The Art of Deception (Ashgate, 2012; paperback released by Routledge 2018). She has also contributed essays to the anthologies Donne Gonzaga a Corte (Bulzoni, 2017), Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts, and Expressions (University of Toronto Press, 2015), Marriage in Premodern Europe : Italy and Beyond (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and Isabella d’Este, la Prima Donna del RInascimento (Mantua: 2001). She is currently working on a book about Duke Federico II Gonzaga as prince and patron of Mantua, and another book to be called The Visible Thread: Texts, Textiles and Renaissance Women. She has contributed articles to the journals Arte Lombarda, Civiltà Mantovana, Art History, and Renaissance & Reformation and, from 2010 - 2013, was President of the Universities Art Assocation of Canada (UAAC).