Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt

Assistant Professor of Art
On faculty since 2013





PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013

MA, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008

BA, Covenant College, 2004


Professional Interests

My primary research field is modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in artworks that explore issues related to identity and corporeality. I have grown increasingly interested in how a robust theology of the Incarnation can inform the ways in which Christians engage with the visual arts. I have curated and co-curated several exhibitions—working both with museum institutions and independently in alternative art spaces—and I have published on topics ranging from documentary photographs of Japanese Americans during World War II to conceptual drawing practices. In the classroom, I am particularly passionate about teaching students to write well, and to be able to communicate effectively about images and created objects. As an art historian, my job is to teach students to understand how images make meaning as both aesthetic and cultural objects.


Personal Interests

My husband, Noel Weichbrodt ’04, is a software developer and we have two young sons. We enjoy biking and hiking as a family, and we love showing hospitality and throwing big parties.


Professional Membership

  • College Art Association
  • Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art
  • Christians in the Visual Arts
Art Building
Beginning in January 2015, the Art Barn is being dismantled and construction of a new fine arts facility will soon begin on the same location. The new fine arts building will provide the square footage necessary to accommodate more student studio space as well as offices and studio space for art faculty.
Rachael reflects on the grief that struck Covenant's community after the death of classmate David Taaffe '15, and a painting that was created out of that grief.