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Aurora University professor Libby Karlinger-Escobedo selected to participate in special seminar on teaching European art

Posted by on April 24, 2013

Aurora University is pleased to announce that Libby Karlinger-Escobedo, Assistant Professor of Art and Theatre, 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, Georgia, 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. A complete list of participating faculty members can be found below. 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, Ohio, where she has taught since 1995, will lead the program.

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. 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. Dutch 17th-century art saw the rise of new subjects as well, where landscapes, still lifes, and scenes of daily life replaced formerly dominant religious images and scenes from classical mythology. Portraiture, too, flourished in this prosperous atmosphere.

“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,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “We believe that Libby will play a strong role in the seminar.”

“As a professor, it is great to have the opportunity to re-visit being a student,” said Karlinger-Escobedo. “Participating in a seminar like this is an experience that I can bring back and share with my students at AU, both the knowledge gained and an example of what we mean by continuous learning. Even as teachers, we can keep on learning and finding new things to get excited about.”

For more information, visit the CIC website at

CIC Participants in 2013 Seminar on Teaching European Art
Jeffrey Baldus, Briar Cliff University (IA)
Beverly Carter, Grove City College (PA)
Rick Cary, Mars Hill College (NC)
Garth Claassen, The College of Idaho
Perry Johnson, Virginia Intermont College
Libby Karlinger-Escobedo, Aurora University (IL)
Heidi Kraus, Hope College (MI)
Andrea Lepage, Washington and Lee University (VA)
Jane Long, Roanoke College (VA)
Ted Murphy, Houghton College (NY)
Morgan Page, Lyon College (AR)
Sylvia Rhor, Carlow University (PA)
Gabrielle Rose-Curti, Simpson College (IA)
Emily Stokes, Northwestern College (IA)
Montana Torrey, Lane College (TN)
Virginia Troy, Berry College (GA)
Lindsay Twa, Augustana College (SD)
Carolyn Watson, Furman University (SC)
Gregory Winterhalter, Southern Vermont College
Leanne Zalewski, Randolph College (VA)
Ann Zerger, McPherson College (KS)


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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.

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