Faculty/Staff News

Photo: Dr. Dewey attending the installation of a new chief in Swaziland
Apr 2019
    The highly reviewed exhibit "Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths" co-curated by Dr. Bill Dewey opened at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC  on April 17, 2019 – October 20, 2019. https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/striking-iron-art-african-blacksmiths-eve...  
Dr. Zabel with his recent Ph.D. graduates, Dr. Laura Sivert, Dr. Kelema Moses, Dr. Tina Swisher, and Dr. Gretta Tritch Roman
Apr 2019
   Craig Zabel, associate professor of art history, presents "The History of the Slide" Thursday, April 11 at noon, a nostalgic look at the art history of old, Thursday, April 11 at noon in the Borland Project Space at the "Imaging Art History" interactive installation on display April 9-19.
Apr 2019
Carolyn Lucarelli, Visual Resources Curator, presented in a session titled "The Digital Scholarship Pivot: Case Studies in Using VR Skills to Expand Your Professional Reach," at the Visual Resources Association annual conference in Los Angeles, California, on March 28, 2019. Her talk provided an overview of her efforts to transition the VRC into a Digital Art History space. */           */
Ethan Robey, Associate Teaching Professor of Art History
Apr 2019
GALLERY TALK: From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of a New Urban Space by Ethan Robey, Associate Teaching Professor of Art History, Friday, April 5th, 12:10 p.m.
Dr. Sarah K. Rich
Apr 2019
Six faculty members receive 2019 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching   67     April 02, 2019 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Six Penn State faculty members have received the 2019 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. They are: Andrew Baxter, associate teaching professor in the Eberly College of Science; Jacqueline Bortiatynski, associate teaching professor in the Eberly College of Science; Liliana Naydan, assistant professor of English at Penn State Abington; Sarah K. Rich, associate professor in the College of Arts and Architecture; John Roth, professor of engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; and Jennifer Zosh, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Brandywine. The award, named after Penn State’s seventh president, honors excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Sarah K. Rich Sarah Rich presents the copper reactions to her seminar following an experiment. IMAGE: STEPHANIE SWINDLE Rich, who teaches art history, said she gave her first lecture in fifth grade and was hooked ever since. Speaking to her then peers, using diagrams and dialog, she discussed the physiology and domestic habits of hobbits. These days, the J.R.R Tolkien fan says she’s more interested in abstract paintings of the Cold War than the inhabitants of Middle Earth, but that she’s still happiest in the classroom. Her creative ways to teach art history include sending students on scavenger hunts for objects related to the topic at hand or creating pigments from 15th-century recipes. While teaching about historic architecture, she invites students to look at campus buildings inspired by different periods. Rich said a teacher’s first task — especially in undergraduate level courses — is to convey the pleasure of learning about the course material. She shows them that a life steered by curiosity leads to adventure and a more productive connection with the world. “Teaching, especially in the humanities, should demonstrate a way of looking at the world that is directed by questions, rather than by easy answers, and it should encourage a mode of dwelling that is steeped in wonder, rather than fear of the unknown,” Rich said. Students praised both Rich’s innovative teaching methods and her interesting course topics such as one focusing on art and money. “She addresses current issues of valuing artwork, commerce in the related financial realities of the art world,” a student said. “She invited guest speakers on philanthropy and fundraising and she was forthright about the challenges of commercializing art. I have studied art and art history throughout high school and college and I have never even considered the topics that Dr. Rich presented during that class.” Colleagues also praised her unique approaches to teaching and her courses. “Dr. Rich is best known in our college by her undergraduate art criticism courses like “Taste and Criticism” and “Art Since You Were Born” or her newly minted interdomain course that combines subject matter from outside fields,” a colleague said. “In the criticism courses she is very skilled in setting up topics for debate, providing room for all the students, including more reticent students to actively contribute.”        
Daniel Zolli
Apr 2019
https://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/zolli-and-moses-awarded-gettyacls-postdoctoral-fellowships-history-art  
Daniel Zolli
Mar 2019
Dr. Daniel Zolli has been awarded two grants to conduct research for his book manuscript, provisionally entitled Donatello's Promiscuous Technique: Experimentation and Collaboration in an Italian Renaissance Workshop. A Franklin Research Grant, awarded by the American Philosophical Society, will allow him to visit archives in Florence in spring 2019. While a second grant, administered through the "Venetian Research Program" of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, will enable him to spend late spring and summer 2019 at archives and sites in Padua and the greater Veneto. Zolli has also received a Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art for the 2019-20 academic year.
Robin Thomas
Mar 2019
Dr. Robin Thomas' article "The pacte de famille and a famille des palais: Architecture and the Bourbons in the Eighteenth Century" was just published in the journal Cheiron, vol. 2 : pp. 137–163.
Photo: Dr. Dewey attending the installation of a new chief in Swaziland
Mar 2019
The highly reviewed exhibit "Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths" co-curated by Dr. Bill Dewey will open at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC  on April 17, 2019 – October 20, 2019. https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/striking-iron-art-african-blacksmiths-event-exhib-6392  
Dr. Madhuri Desai
Mar 2019
Dr. Desai's book Banaras Reconstructed is mentioned in an article on recent developments in Banaras/Varanasi. The article, written by a professor of architecture and urban design is published in a prominent Indian newspaper, “The Hindu”:   https://www.thehindu.com/society/varanasi-by-design-vishwanath-dham-and-the-politics-of-change/article26607193.ece?utm_campaign=amp_article_share&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=whatsapp.com */

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