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Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar

Since its dedication in the fall of 2011, it has been the Gund Gallery’s mission to celebrate art as a critical centerpiece of Kenyon’s liberal arts mission and the community by championing the best art and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries via an active exhibition schedule, expanding permanent collection, and formal and informal learning experiences.

To encourage the conceptualization of creative interdisciplinary and curriculum-inspired projects aligned with the Gund Gallery’s mission and goals, tenured and tenure-track professors and instructors on long-term contracts from across all the College’s liberal arts disciplines may apply to participate in biennial faculty seminars supported by the Smart Family Foundation and organized by the Gund Gallery.

Fall 2015

Over casual dinner discussions based on short articles and essays, topics presented by guest experts, and experiences gained from focused visits to other art museums, seminar participants had the opportunity to consider contemporary curatorial practices and academic museum issues, including but not limited to: the history of the modern museum, visitor motivations and expectations, learning and engagement through objects and exhibitions, contemporary curatorial practices and trends, intersection of museum and higher education history, Visual Thinking Strategies and interpretation, contemporary art in encyclopedic museums, visual literacy, collecting and collections management, the public trust and collections ethics, curating from collections, collaboration and interdisciplinarity, creativity and innovation, and other topics. Seminar participants were given a $1,250 honorarium.

Seminar Schedule

  • September 23: First meeting and dinner discussion
  • October 7: Dinner discussion with special guest: Dr. Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education, Colby College Museum of Art
  • October 21: Dinner discussion with special guest: Dr. Athena Hadji, Visiting Professor, Plato’s Academy (Athens, Greece) and NEON Foundation/Whitechapel Gallery Emerging Curator Award (London)
  • October 28: Dinner discussion
  • November 4: Dinner discussion with special guest: Dr. Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ’33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College and Dr. Joy Sperling, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Denison University
  • November 11: Dinner discussion with special guests: Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Curator, InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) Program, Colorado College and Dr. Carolyn Allmendinger, Director of Academic Programs, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • November 21-22: Field Trip to Cleveland
  • December 2: Dinner discussion with special guests: Dr. Andria Derstine, John G.W. Cowles Director, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
  • December 12-13: Field Trip to Pittsburgh

Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar Syllabus 2015

Faculty Participants

Juan DePascuale, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Zoe Kontes, Associate Professor of Classics
Maria Mendonca, Henry Luce Associate Professor of Asian Music and Culture
Wendy Singer, Roy T. Wortman Distinguished Professor of History
Patricia Vigderman, Assistant Professor of English

Fall 2016

This fall the Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar welcomes interested faculty from the Department of Modern Languages and Literature to explore various methods and benefits of using contemporary art exhibited at the Gund Gallery, or 20th and 21st-century art in the Gund Gallery Collection, to teach language at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Pedagogical methods explored show how using art to teach can help students develop vocabulary, grammar and syntax, stimulate student participation in discussions, and provide opportunities for higher levels of creative thinking by enabling more sophisticated application of language skills to intellectual discussions.

Seminar Schedule

  • September 21: First meeting and dinner discussion
  • October 12: Dinner and discussion of Visual Thinking Strategies and Communication in the Classroom with guest scholar Barbara Sawhill, Director, Cooper International Learning Center; Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College
  • November 2: Dinner and discussion of Using Museum Collections in Foreign Language Teaching & Learning: Planning and Logistics with guest scholars Shalini Le Gall, Curator of Academic Programs, Colby College Museum of Art and Anita Savo, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Colby College faculty
  • November 9: Dinner and discussion with guest scholar Charlene Shang Miller, Associate Educator for Academic Programs, Smith College Museum of Art
  • November 16: Dinner and discussion Image & Object: Engaging Italian Students at the Art Museum with guest scholars Ellen Alvord, Interim Director and Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Ombretta Frau, Professor of Italian and Chair, Department of Classics & Italian
  • December 7: Discussion of individual course projects

Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar Syllabus 2016

Faculty Participants

Qussay Al-Attabi, Assistant Professor of Arabic
Chengjuan Sun, Assistant Professor of Chinese
Pierre Dairon, Assistant Professor of French
Mary Kathryn Malone, Language Program Coordinator and Visiting Assistant Professor of French
Travis Landry, Associate Professor of Spanish
Anna Aydinyan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian
Leo Riegert, Associate Professor of German
Patricia Richards, Associate Professor of Italian
Clara Roman-Odio, Professor of Spanish
Marta Sierra, Professor of Spanish

For more information, please contact:

Natalie Marsh
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
(740) 427-5975


Jodi Kovach, Ph.D.
Curatorial Assistant and Coordinator of Education
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
(740) 427-5246