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Valerie Hedquist is an associate professor of art history at the University of Montana. She earned her Ph.D. with honors at the University of Kansas and has been teaching and writing for over twenty
years. As a Fulbright Scholar, Hedquist researched the religious art of the Dutch 17th-century in Utrecht. During her academic life, she has also continued to explore and teach the art and architecture of Italy, a country whose language and literature she studied while an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. Hedquist has travelled with students to many national and international locations, including two trips to Italy. In addition to publications and presentations on the religious paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt, Hedquist has written reviews and catalogue essays for museum exhibitions, broadcast radio programs, and presented papers to local, regional, and international meetings on an array of topics from the plague in art to the use of assemblage in contemporary artistic processes. In summer 2011, her book on the art and life of Montana artist, Fra Dana was published. Since 1975, she has explored Italy from Palermo, Sicily to Asti in the Piedmont region.
Glenn Bugh is an associate professor of Classical and Byzantine history at Virginia Tech and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In 2004-2005, Glenn served as a visiting professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He has recently served as chair of the Committee of the Genadius Library in Athens, one of the foremost Byzantine libraries in the world. He has won several teaching awards and research fellowships, and has published numerous articles and two books. Dr. Bugh has served as a Study Leader for Smithsonian Journeys since 1984.