Visiting Art Historian Program
Recognizing the importance of a diverse range of scholarly voices
within the art history curriculum, the department hosts a Visiting Art Historian each academic year. The Visiting Art Historian Program is designed to enhance the student experience, thus interaction with students
is an important component.
For the spring 2012 semester, Dr. Robin O'Bryan
, an independent scholar from Boiling Springs, Pa., visited campus. She taught Western Art II (Art 114) in place of Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of art history, who was on sabbatical. O'Bryan holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia, and wrote her dissertation on The Grotesque in Medici Taste and Patronage
. She also presented her recent work on "Dwarfs in Italian Renaissance Art and Culture."
During the Spring 2011 semester, Australian art historian Dr. Ian McLean
visited campus for five days to lecture on his own writing and work individually with several students conducting independent research under the direction of Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of art history. McLean is a leading authority on the indigenous artists of Australia, and his scholarly work includes the book How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art: A Documentary History, 1980-2006