Lilly Fellows Program
Summer Seminar for College Teachers
Restoring Art to a Place in the Community: New Lessons from Early Renaissance Italy
June 12–July 2, 2016 | Orvieto, Italy
This Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College Teachers addressed the disconnect often found between art departments and Christian studies departments at undergraduate Christian liberal arts institutions. We examined a period in pre-modern Italian culture that knew no such split; considered the conditions in the modern period that have fostered division; and brainstormed new initiatives to reconnect the training of young artists and of future church leaders.
The Seminar was hosted by Gordon College’s Studio for Art, Faith & History and was housed in the renovated 13th-century monastery leased by the College. The Seminar benefitted from Orvieto’s location in Umbria, with Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Arezzo within easy reach. Excursions to these and other locations took participants to ten of the major fresco cycles of the Italian Renaissance that provided touchstones for our discussion.
A number of the participants wrote brief personal narratives that highlighted one or two aspects of their experience in the Seminar. To view these essays, gathered in the Blog section of the Studio for Art, Faith & History's website and collectively titled Restoring Art to a Place in the Community, click here.