Professor Abigail Susik selected to attend national art history seminar

by University Communications,

Abigail Susik is among a group of national faculty members chosen to attend a weeklong seminar aimed at strengthening the teaching of art history to undergraduates.

Hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), “The Art of Storytelling in French Painting and Sculpture 1600-1850,” is taking place July 20-24 at the Portland Art Museum. It’s designed for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at smaller colleges and universities.

Susik, an assistant professor of art history, will explore the manifestation of French storytelling in historical and religious imagery and how messages and stories were introduced into portraiture.

She will examine major paintings, sculptures and drawings by some of the greatest artists of France — including Nicolas Poussin, Charles Le Brun, Jean-Antoine Watteau and Jean-Antoine Houdon. She will also receive opportunities to hone and share educational strategies for visual analysis, conversation, slow looking and digital interpretation.