Professor of Art and Art History and chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe published Excavation and Study of the Garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, 2007-2010 (Quaderni di Studi Pompeiani, VII, [Associazione Internazionale di Amici di Pompei/Editrice Longobardi, Castellammare di Pompei/Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae, 2016 (2017)]. Howe is lead author/editor and excavation director of the project, 2007–13 and along with Kathryn Gleason (Cornell), Michele Palmer, and Ian Sutherland (Middlebury). The publication is supported by subventions from the von Bothmer Fund of the Archaeological Institute of America, Associazione Internationale Amici di Pompei, School of Architecture Preservation and Planning, University of Maryland, Joyce and Erik Young. The major significance of this excavation of this enormous excellently preserved garden (c. 108 x 35 m.) is that it is the first actual archaeological evidence of the existence of the type of garden seen in the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the empress Livia at Prima Porta, formerly thought to be a “fantasy” painting. Howe and Gleason have since developed and published further theses on how this discovery clarifies exactly how elite inhabitants and guests used this garden and ambient architecture to move through spaces and interact in an intensely political environment. At one point Howe lead field seasons of as many as 110 people from twelve institutions and seven countries.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had work selected for an exhibition titled “Small Works” at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition was juried by Bill Carroll, Director of the Studio Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. Small Works features over 60 local, national, and international artists in all different areas of contemporary art who focus on the significance of intimately scaled works of art. The exhibition will be on view to the public July 6–27, 2017.
Professor of Art Mary Visser presented a paper titled “Think, Connect and Create” at the 2017 annual meetings of the AEFA/Service of Art and Education in Paris, France. This paper presents how liberal arts universities use 3D printing as an educational tool that helps students make connections across disciplines.