Allison Connolly selected to participate in seminar on teaching European art

Posted by Centre News in Art History, French, News 16 Jun 2015

1000x563_connleyNEH Associate Professor of French Allison Connolly 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, titled “The Art of Storytelling in French Painting and Sculpture 1600–1850,” will be hosted by the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore., July 20–24, 2015. The seminar is designed for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at colleges and universities and aims to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at these institutions.

CIC selected 23 faculty members to participate in the seminar, which is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Two eminent scholars will lead the program: Dawson Carr, Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art at the Portland Art Museum, and Mary Tavener Holmes, an independent scholar specializing in French art of the 17th and 18th centuries.

“Strengthening the teaching of art history at colleges and universities, many of which have limited faculty resources in art history, is critical,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The seminar will have significant value for the faculty members who participate, the colleagues with whom they will share their new knowledge and the students who enroll in their courses.”

Connolly joined Centre’s faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of French and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. In 2009, she received the Kirk Teaching Award. Connolly earned a B.A. in French and Spanish at Hollins University, followed by her M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Francophone literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Centre, she teaches courses in both the French and European Studies programs, where students learn to be scholar-citizens informed about the languages, literature, art, music and history of Europe.

by Cindy Long
June 15, 2015