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Liberal Arts through the AGES: Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry 2012–2013

November 13-February 9 (closed holiday breaks November 22-26 and December 14-January 7)


Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), Erucarum Ortus Botanical, Lily, published posthumously by her daughter in 1717, hand-colored engraving, Purchase through Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George and Pat Olson, and Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts Collection Purchase, Augustana College Art Collection.

The exhibition Liberal Arts through the AGES (Augustana General Education Studies) centers Augustana's art history collection in the winter-term liberal studies program. The accompanying exhibition catalogue and first-year textbook is the fifth book published in seven years for this project. This is an unprecedented collaboration of 210 contributions from faculty, administrators, alumni, and students, representing various majors and minors, and the classes of 1987-2014. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and professor of art history, is creator, editor and faculty curator for this project. A celebrated interdisciplinary art history education model, the project resonates on an international level. It has been well received at the Oxford Round Table, the Association for General and Liberal Studies, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, among others.

The catalog and exhibition examine artwork dating from ancient through contemporary times and many diverse cultures, covering 6 continents. Through Dr. Goebel's leadership in building the pedagogical art history collection and designing an effective program to interpret it, Augustana has pioneered this innovative interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts through faculty and student research and writing on original works of art as primary documents. The project is supported by the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, the Department of Art History with assistance from the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the Augustana College Art Museum, as well as donors who have kindly lent and gifted pieces. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Goebel in collaboration with Sherry Maurer and Liberal Studies faculty consulted toward selecting the most relevant works from the current book for the 2012-13 Liberal Studies classes.