Faculty Profile

Themis Veleni

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PhD in History of Art - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Philosophy, School of History & Archaeology, Department of Art History

Master in History of Art - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of History & Archaeοlogy, Department of History of Art

BA in History & Archaeology - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Philosophy, School of History & Archaeology

Piano and Music History / Theory Diploma - State Conservatory of Greece


Music and visual arts from antiquity to the modern times
Arts and technology
Art education - interactive systems
Digital and online education

General Information

Themis Veleni is a curator, educator, art historian and musician.
Dr Veleni is a full time visiting assistant professor at College of Arts and Letters - Stevens Institute of Technology, teaching topics in Art and Technology and Art History. As part of her research she initiated in 2012 an interactive multisensory museum and art education project focusing on the user experience. Dr Veleni is also affiliated as a visiting lecturer with the School of Fine Arts, University of Granada - Master of Drawing and Master of Art Education. Dr Veleni has published several conference papers, scientific journal articles, exhibition catalogs and monographs and has given lectures in many institutions worldwide. In 2014 she published her PhD thesis on audiovisual experimentations in the arts, after receiving the Enyalion bequest from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has been the curator of three contemporary art exhibitions and the coordinator of two major programs supported by the European Commission. She has been the sound designer and music composer for the project “Macedonia: from Fragments to Pixels”, organized by ICS-FORTH and the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Her research and teaching interests include Art and Technology, Museum Education, Art Education, Digital Education, Visual Arts and Music.

Her recently published book is a historical and interdisciplinary presentation of the visual arts-music relation, as expressed by the phenomenon of synaesthesia and the total work of art. The book follows the idea of unity of the arts with a comparative juxtaposition of art before and after World War II. It considers the many links between the two disciplines as envisaged by visual artists, musicians, critics, scientists and philosophers.

She is currently working on a research project on growing leadership through improvisation in the arts and on developing interactive systems for art performances and educational purposes. 

-School of Fine Arts, University of Granada (Spain), Master of Design and Master of Art Education Visiting Professor, Teaching Interrelations between Music and Visual arts; hints for Artistic Inspiration, November 2013
-Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: Las Incantadas by Asuncion Jodar Minarro and Ricardo Viadel, exhibition,15/09/2012-15/09/2013, Curator
-Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: Nudes and Megaliths by Robert Haller (Anthology Film Archives, NY), June 15-August 15 2013, Curator
-4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, September 18, 2013-January 31, 2014, “Old Intersections- Make it New”, Exhibition title: Mediterranean Palimpsests; three enigmas of decay and incorruption by artist Dimitris Xonoglou, Curator

-School of Fine Arts, University of Granada (Spain), Master of Design, Music & Visual Arts Visiting Professor, Teaching Interrelations between Music and Visual arts; hints for Artistic Inspiration, November 2012
-Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the University of Granada and the Center for Neo-Greeks, Byzantines and Cypriots Studies (Spain), Las Incantadas (http://www.incantadas.com/), Curator, Temporary Exhibition and ongoing research project, September 2012-September 2013
-Rainbow Camp, Anatolia College of Thessaloniki (Greece), Educational program Touchy, Feely Art, Coordinator, for children 4 to 12 years old, June 2012

-University of Drama (Greece), Department of Landscape Architecture, Teaching History of Art & Music-Landscape-Environment
-“Sectoral Qualifications Framework for The Humanities and The Arts”, linked to Tuning Educational Structures in Europe
Coordinator of Art History Project The SQF Project and Tuning comprise a project involving more than 175 universities across Europe addressing the use of available resources to redefine thematic areas, including Art History, and the re-association with local and int’l markets (http://www.unideusto.org/tuningeu/sqf-humanities-and-arts/outcomes/art-history.html)

-Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Hellenic Ministry Of Culture
Head of Educational Department/Coordinator of Salonica Studio-Four Corners (European Educational Program for film students)
-Thessaloniki School Of Music (Greece) Music instructor, Zither and History of Music
-Faculty of Fine Arts - School of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece): Scientific research, writing & editing the musical & iconology archives of School of Music Studies of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

- Tellogleion Institute of Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
-Scientific research, writing and editing the Greek art collection and the archives of Tonis Spiteris
- Tellogleion Institute of Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) Coordinated educational programs


Visual Arts and Music (19th-20th century). From synaesthesia to multisensory synergy, Thessaloniki 2014

Yiorgos Gounaropoulos, Archive T. Spiteris, Digital Collections Tellogleion Institute of Art, 2005

Exhibition Catalogs

Veleni, Themis (ed.), Robert Haller; Standing Nudes and Megaliths, exhib. cat., Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, June 15-August 15 2013, New York 2013.
Veleni Themis (ed.), Asuncion Jodar Minarro and Ricardo Marin Viadel, Las Incantadas, exhib. cat. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 15 September 2013-15 September 2014, Thessaloniki 2013.
Veleni, Themis (ed.), Mediterranean Palimpsests. An open dialogue with Dimitris Xonoglou and the Derveni papyrus, exhib. cat., Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 2014.

Catalog Papers

- Veleni, Themis, “Mediterranean Palimpsests. Three enigmas of decay and incorrumption”, Koskina, Katerina (ed.), Thessaloniki biennale:4 of Contemporary Art. Μπιενάλε Σύγχρονης Τέχνης Θεσσαλονίκης, exhib. cat., Thessaloniki 2013.

Institutional Service

International scholars cross-cultural activities
Improvisation and leadership group

Honors & Awards

2013 Received the “Enyalion bequest” to publish my PhD thesis
2012 - National Scholarship & Diploma with Honors for my PhD research
2010-2011 Awarded PhD studies scholarship by Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
2006 - Diploma with Honors and National Scholarship for my MA
2003 - Diploma with Honors for my BA

Professional Societies

Member of the Society of Greek Art Historians http://eeit.org/
Member of the Ecume Association of Greece www.ecume.gr/
Member of the College Art Association of America

Selected Publications
  1. Themis Veleni. (2005). "Odisseas Elytis, 'The Art of Writing and Writings for the Arts', Tribute to Greek Nobel awarded poet Odisseas Elytis", Entefktirio, Thessaloniki, (70).
  2. Themis Veleni. (2005). "The Music Hall of Thessaloniki", Polis, Thessaloniki, (18).
Conference Proceedings
  1. Themis Veleni. "The photography exhibition Macedonian Decapolis at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: engaging a broader audience", Proceedings of the 02 International Conference of Photography and Theory 2012. Photography and museums: displayed and displaying, 30 November-2 December 2012, Thalassa Municipal Museum, Agia Napa, Cyprus.
  2. Themis Veleni. "Monumenta: unburied memories and the space ‘between’", Conference Reflection of Death: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Municipality of Thessaloniki, 12-14 December 2012 (under publication), Thessaloniki, Greece.
  3. Themis Veleni. "Virtual reality and multisensory stimulation: A joint method of teaching art history", Proceedings of the Conference InSEA 2012 Arts and education, Cyprus 25th, 26th and 27th of July (www.insea2012.org).
  4. Themis Veleni. "Gender in art: polarities and ambiguities in artistic creation", Conference Love, Sex and Sexuality Thessaloniki (Greece) 16/05/2012 (under publication).
  5. Themis Veleni. "Music for the eyes, instruments to perform The ‘Echo’ of Drama", Catalogue of the Conference Landscape Architecture 2010, Nikos Spitalas (ed.), University of Kavala, Department of Landscape Architecture, Drama 2010, Greece.
  6. Themis Veleni. "Synaesthesia; Painterly transcription of a neurobiological phenomenon", Catalogue of the 3rd International Conference of History of Art; History-Theory-Practice, Thessaloniki 2009 .
  • HAR 180 History of Art: Prehistory to the Modern Era
  • HAR 495 Topics in Art & Technology
  • HAR 380 Media Culture and Theory