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Dr. Katherine A. Schwab

Professor of Visual & Performing Arts
o: Canisius Hall Rm 308
p: x2439


Dr. Katherine Schwab has taught at Fairfield University since 1988, after completing her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She received her B.A. from Scripps College and her M.A. from Southern Methodist University. Her research areas include the Parthenon metopes and ancient Greek hairstyles. Her work on the Parthenon metopes, facilitated by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, has yielded new information. Results have been presented in several book chapter publications. Her Parthenon drawings form a traveling  exhibition, An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab, touring the U.S. 2014-2018. Gray-scale scans of her drawings are installed in the Acropolis Museum. She has curated exhibitions including Photographs of the Caryatid Hairstyling Project(2015) highlighting a video project (2009) that has been screened in internationally. In 2015 she and Dr. Marice Rose co-curated, Hair in the Classical World, at the Bellarmine Hall Galleries. As of 2017 she is a Member of the International Council of Dance CID, which is part of UNESCO in Paris.

As Curator of the Plaster Cast Collection, Dr. Schwab oversees a collection of 100 casts from gifts and long-term renewable loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as gifts from Yale University Art Gallery, the Acropolis Museum, and individual donors.  Previously, she served as department chair for two consecutive terms and as Art History program director. She was the inaugural Faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. Beyond her areas of expertise in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology she created the first courses in non-western art and Asian art for the curriculum. Students frequently participate in her research projects (plaster cast collection and ancient hairstyles) and contribute to brochures and other literature for campus and web-based visitors. In 1997 she initiated the Art History Alumni Forum which takes place every three years for alumni to share their career trajectories with current Art History Majors and Minors.

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