Art Historian, David Stark, coming to Ringling College

Ringling College of Art and Design, along with the Liberal Arts Program and the Art History faculty is pleased to invite Art Historian David Stark (Columbia College, Chicago Art Institute) to the Ringling campus January 31 and February 1, 2013.

David Stark
David Stark

Thursday evening reception and talk

On Thursday, January 31st, a reception is scheduled at 6:00pm for Dr. Stark in the Selby Lecture Hall followed by his presentation at 7:00pm on “Realism Across Time.” He will provide us with an entertaining and informative stroll through various periods of realism in the history of art. Please invite or encourage your students and friends to attend to this free event. Pizza will be provided.

Friday lunch

On Friday, February 1, at noon, a catered luncheon will be served on campus and is open to Art Historians and interested members of the faculty and gallery staff. Please join us for lively conversation and good food. RSVP to Kate Donahue via email at kdonahue@ringling.edu or via phone – 941/359-7621 by Wednesday, January 30th.

About David Stark

Dr. Stark’s unique career offers a good example of taking advantage of an art history education to pursue a path outside of teaching. Though he teaches art history at Chicago’s Columbia College, he is also the interim executive director in Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the past, he served as Curator of Education at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, and he directed the education department at the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design.

While serving as interim director of Museum Education for the Art Institute of Chicago—a position that leads 22 full-time staff and 175 volunteers in providing interpretive programs and materials for museum visitors—Dr. Stark has continued to direct Adult Programs. This involves coordinating public interaction with the museum’s exhibitions and guiding their understanding of the art. He plans and oversees daily public tours, lecture series, sketch classes, a support group (the Community Associates) with 3,500 members, and special programs for college students, working professionals, and seniors. He also coordinates content for the museum’s audio tours and has been a frequent lecturer on the museum’s international trips.

In addition to teaching and museum work, his articles and essays on the 19th-century Belgian Realist painter Charles De Groux have appeared in European and American catalogues and journals, including the Gazette des Beaux-Arts and the Revue du Louvre. Among his publications is the catalogue European Painting in the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth (2000). In 2011 he was an education fellow at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul as part of an international exchange program.