Grove City College Chair of the Department of Music and Fine Arts and Professor of Music and Humanities Dr. Beverly Carter is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching European Art in Context. The seminar will be held in conjunction with an exhibition of rare traveling masterpieces of Dutch art featuring works by Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt. The exhibition, Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, will be on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, beginning in June 2013.
CIC selected 21 faculty members to participate in the seminar, “Dutch Art, Patrons and Markets,” which will take place at the High Museum June 23–28, 2013. Dutch art of the 17th century has long been popular for the visual pleasures of its naturalistic scenes, but it also represents a landmark in the development of the modern art world. The seminar aims to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at smaller colleges and universities. Catherine Scallen, chair of the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where she has taught since 1995, will lead the program.
During the 17th century, the practices of making and buying art boomed as never before. With the creation of the first large-scale open art market, prosperous Dutch merchants, artisans, and civil servants bought paintings and prints in unprecedented numbers. Foreign visitors were astonished that even modest members of Dutch society, such as farmers and bakers, owned multiple works of art.
“The seminar will be especially valuable for faculty members at institutions without large campus museums or proximity to major art museums. Art historians in all fields and studio artists, as well as faculty members who specialize in history, European studies and related fields will find this seminar of interest,” CIC President Richard Ekman said. “We believe that Dr. Carter will play a strong role in the seminar.”
“This seminar is the perfect complement to Dr. Carter’s background in the interdisciplinary arts. As one of the teachers in our general education Civilization and the Arts course, she emphasizes the influences of socio-cultural dynamics and religion in order to set the works of art—music or visual—into their historical context. Through the seminar, her background will be deepened in an important historic period. It further enriches the educational experience of our students and is a tremendous opportunity for her and for the College,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William P. Anderson Jr. said.
CIC Participants in 2013 Seminar on Teaching European Art
Jeffrey Baldus, Briar Cliff University (Iowa)
Beverly Carter, Grove City College (Pa.)
Rick Cary, Mars Hill College (N.C.)
Garth Claassen, The College of Idaho
Perry Johnson, Virginia Intermont College
Libby Karlinger-Escobedo, Aurora University (Ill.)
Heidi Kraus, Hope College (Mich.)
Andrea Lepage, Washington and Lee University (Va.)
Jane Long, Roanoke College (Va.)
Ted Murphy, Houghton College (N.Y.)
Morgan Page, Lyon College (Ark.)
Sylvia Rhor, Carlow University (Pa.)
Gabrielle Rose-Curti, Simpson College (Iowa)
Emily Stokes, Northwestern College (Iowa)
Montana Torrey, Lane College (Tenn.)
Virginia Troy, Berry College (Ga.)
Lindsay Twa, Augustana College (S.D.)
Carolyn Watson, Furman University (S.C.)
Gregory Winterhalter, Southern Vermont College
Leanne Zalewski, Randolph College (Va.)
Ann Zerger, McPherson College (Kan.)
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and more than 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.
The High Museum of Art was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association and today is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States, with a membership base of over 50,000 that ranks it among the top ten art museums in the nation. Located in Atlanta’s midtown arts and business district, the High has more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, with holdings and curatorial positions in the following art disciplines: American, European, decorative arts and design, folk, modern and contemporary and African. The European collection includes the Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.
For more information, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/ArtHistory.