Lorraine Schwartz, Associate Professor of Art History retires

A retirement reception for Lorraine Schwartz, associate professor of art, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 7 at the University Art Gallery. Schwartz, who has taught art history from early Christian to 20th century, research in art history and the history of architecture, retires with 29 years of service to Western. She started at Western in August 1981, and taught undergraduate and graduate classes throughout her tenure.

Schwartz earned her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University (1966) and her master’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley (1968), where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Both degrees were in English literature. She then lived for a year in Italy and changed her field to art history, earning her Ph.D. from Indiana University (1980). Schwartz conducted four years of research in Florence, Rome, and Perugia, participated in an archeological excavation within Troyes Cathedral, and completed the Corso Superiore for Teachers of Italian Literature and Culture at the Università per Stranieri at Perugia. In 1999, she co-directed a summer program in history and art history in Rome. She served on numerous University and departmental committees and received several prestigious named grants – including the Carnegie and Kress foundations – as well as and Illinois Humanities Council grant and a WIU Research Council grant and a Summer Stipend.

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