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Katherine A. McIver
Apr 26 - May 12, 2014
Katherine A. McIver, Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Alabama Birmingham, received her Ph.D in Renaissance and Baroque art from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992. She has taught a wide range of courses including Renaissance Art in Italy, Southern Baroque Art, the Art of Rome from Antiquity to the Baroque, the Art and Culture of Renaissance Venice, and Rome in the Age of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi. Her area of research is Italian Renaissance art and architecture with an emphasis on women as patrons of the arts and material culture. Her publications include: Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580: Negotiating Power. Awarded the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s Book Prize, 2007; editor and contributor: Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy: Making the Invisible Visible through Art and Patronage and co-Editor and contributor: The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe. She is currently writing a book on kitchens and dining in 16th century Italy to be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Perhaps her greatest pleasure is sharing with others her knowledge of Italian art, history and culture and she spends as much time as possible in Italy each year. She has led numerous student summer tours of Italy beginning in 1995, has lectured for professionally run tours and has guided individuals in Rome, Florence, and Venice.

John Dobbins
May 17 - Jun 2, 2014
John Dobbins is a field archaeologist who has excavated in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Syria. He specializes in ancient Roman art, archaeology, architecture and urbanism, and he regularly teaches the History of Art I course at the University of Virginia. John holds the posts of the Richard A. & Sara Page Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. He is also director of the Pompeii Forum Project, a project that is rewriting the history of the forum in Pompeii. His 2007 co-edited book, The World of Pompeii, treats all aspects of Pompeian life. Professor Dobbins has over thirty years of experience in teaching on site, and his interests extend far beyond his Roman specialty. Professor Dobbins received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. (English Literature) from Boston University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan.

Mariana Carpinisan
May 31 - Jun 16, 2014
Mariana Carpinisan is an art historian who lives in Paris and works as an independent curator and art advisor. From 2010 to 2011 she worked in Abu Dhabi as a Senior Manager and Head of Education, Public Programs & Publications at the United Arab Emirates’ TDIC, collaborating with AFM/Louvre, the British Museum, and the Guggenheim. While living in Washington, D.C. from 1995-2010, Mariana worked as an independent curator and art critic. She has maintained a long relationship with the Smithsonian, as a study leader for more than 60 Smithsonian journeys and as a lecturer for other Smithsonian programs. She has also held positions as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and assistant curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Born in Romania, Mariana was educated in Europe and the United States and is fluent in five languages.

James Harper
Sep 13 - 29, 2014
James Harper is Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the University of Oregon. A native Philadelphian, he received his B.A. from Trinity College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming his position at Oregon, he worked for museums including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. A committed “object person,” he is a specialist in Italian art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. James has written extensively about the image of the city of Rome, the history of baroque tapestry, the figure of the Turk in western art, and the use of monumental biographical imagery as a form of propaganda at the papal court. His research has won grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel Kress Founation, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.

Eric Denker
Oct 28 - Nov 13, 2014
Eric Denker is the Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, where he has been since 1978. Eric has also served as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active exhibition schedule including historical shows of Sargent drawings, Whistler and his Circle in Venice, Childe Hassam, and contemporary exhibitions focusing on Thiebaud, Lichtenstein, and William T. Wiley. Eric attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and received his doctorate from the University of Virginia, writing on James McNeill Whistler. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and at Cornell University's Washington Semester. He frequently lectures in Italy for the Smithsonian Institution and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice.

Rafael Chacón
Mar 24 - Apr 9, 2015
H. Rafael Chacón is Professor of Art History and Criticism at The University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his doctorate in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in renaissance sculpture. He has written on a range of topics related to renaissance and baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. northwest during the late 19th century. Dr. Chacón has led numerous successful travel abroad trips to Italy and has been a speaker for the Smithsonian Journeys program in western, central, and eastern Europe.

Gail Cornell
May 16 - Jun 1, 2015
Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 17 years. Her research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and Hunter College. A resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at Ellis Island and New York City’s historic City Hall.

Valerie Hedquist
Sep 12 - 28, 2015
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 continued to explore and teach the art and architecture of the Netherlands, where she has traveled with students and pursued additional scholarly work, most recently on the plague. In addition to publications and presentations on the religious paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt, Hedquist has written reviews and catalog essays for museum exhibitions, broadcast radio programs, and presented papers to local, regional, and international meetings on Dutch themes. Since her first visit to the Ghent Altarpiece in 1975, she has returned to the Low Countries whenever she can to enjoy frites and fietsen, French fries and cycling.

Allan Langdale
Oct 24 - Nov 9, 2015
Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, film maker, photographer and travel writer who received his PhD in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Venetian art, Byzantine art, and is an expert on the art and architecture of the island of Cyprus. Allan has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of north or ‘Turkish Cyprus’, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval Cypriot city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan teaches art history UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara. He lectures often in Italy, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. Allan is currently working on a book on Palermo, Sicily called Palermo: Travels in the White City.