Beth A. Mulvaney, art historian and professor of art at Meredith College in North Carolina, will present the 2013 J. Bernard Schultz Endowed Lecture in Art History on Thursday, Feb. 7, at West Virginia University.

The lecture, titled “Elevated Visions: Nuns and Cittadini at Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice,” begins at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) of the Creative Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Mulvaney is a specialist in Italian late Medieval and early Renaissance art. Her current scholarly work focuses on Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice, Trecento art and drama, Duccio, Giotto, and cycles of St. Francis, particularly those at San Francesco, Assisi.

Mulvaney has taught at Meredith College since 1995 and is head of the Art Department and Director of the Honors Program.

She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her bachelor’s degree in art history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Although a specialist in Italian late Medieval and early Renaissance art, Mulvaney is fond of nearly all periods of art, including modern and contemporary. In fact, her first paying job in the art field was as a researcher for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.

One of Mulvaney’s greatest joys is introducing students to the world of research and writing about art. In her time at Meredith she has supervised student research that has been published, as well as presented at various regional, national and international conferences. During the summer of 2003, Mulvaney and Katherine Weaver, a senior Honors student majoring in art with concentrations in art history and graphic design, were awarded a summer research grant for their project, “Art and the Viewer as Beholder,” which resulted in a spectacular virtual reconstruction of Duccio’s 1311 Maestą.

The J. Bernard Schultz Lecture Series in Art History was endowed in the College of Creative Arts in 2004 by donors who wish to remain anonymous. The Lecture Series honors former College of Creative Arts Dean Bernie Schultz, who is also professor of Art History in the School of Art & Design and also director of Education and External Affairs for the Art Museum of WVU.

Each year, the lecture series brings a leading art historian to WVU, to enhance the art history program, as well as engage the intellectual life of the University.

The J. Bernard Schultz Lecture Series in Art History endowment was created through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for WVU.

For more information about the lecture, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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