Art Symposium Spotlights Student Research

The Asbury University Art Department will host the Student Art History Symposium April 17 and 19 in Reasoner Hall, Room 214.

The Symposium is part of an Undergraduate Research Week observance that includes research fairs, scholarship expositions and forums at universities across the United States. At Asbury, six students will share research on a variety of topics that they developed through an upper-level research seminar on Renaissance-Baroque art.

“Each student completes a research paper on a selected topic or work of art designed around an intellectually creative thesis,” said Dr. Linda Stratford, associate professor in the Art Department. “Though this process, students discover the dynamic nature of the field through independent research and learn to interpret works of art using a growing art terminology and resources in digital technology.”

For some of the students, the process of satisfying their curiosity about their research topic took them on a journey through printed, digital, personal and interdisciplinary sources. Katrina Anderson '13 began with an interview with a research librarian and then studied bibliographies, spoke with experts at other universities and enlisted translation assistance from other Asbury professors. Ron Cole '12 found that as he investigated his subject, the topic turned out to have more facets than he anticipated.

"My main interest in art history is discovering the connection between an artist's art and their faith, so that is where I began," Cole said. "The more I read, the more I found myself correcting the claims I was making. I learned that, for some artists, one must look at the artist's work in the context of the social and religious setting of the time to understand the artist. Researching on this level takes a lot of time and commitment."

All presentations are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 17

8 a.m. — “The Mystery of Vermeer,” by Andrea Manning

9:25 a.m. — “Instruments of Belief: Finding Calvinist Doctrine in Rembrandt’s Art,” by Ron Cole

2:10 p.m. — “Divine Madness: The Praise of God modeled after Dionysian worship found in the Florence Cathedral,” by Katrina Anderson

Thursday, April 19

8 a.m. — “Techniques of the Masters: Natural Depiction and Optical Projection in the Renaissance,” by Spencer Watson

2:10 p.m. — “Artemisia Gentileschiz Art Arbiter,” by Vanessa Kouns and “Diplomacy and Disguise: Peter Paul Rubens and Marie de Medici,” by Dria Stallings

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