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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 1, 2004

Two Faculty From School Of Art And Art History Are Honored

Two faculty members in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History have been selected for distinguished recognition, thanks to significant gifts to the UI from E&M Charities, a charitable support organization created by the late Elizabeth M. Stanley and C. Maxwell Stanley of Muscatine.

Christopher Roy has been selected as the first Elizabeth M. Stanley Faculty Fellow of African Art History, and John Beldon Scott, professor of art history, has been selected Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor in the Arts.

The five-year appointments were announced recently by Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce these appointments honoring two of our most distinguished faculty members," Maxson commented. "Professor Roy is an international authority on the art of West Africa, and Professor Scott is one of the world's most pre-eminent scholars of Roman baroque art and architecture. Their contributions to their respective areas of art history have made them leaders in their fields, and I am grateful that generous friends of our college have made it possible for us to honor these accomplished scholars."

Roy received a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University and doctorate from Indiana University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso 1970-72. At the UI, he teaches courses in African, pre-Columbian, American Indian and Pacific Islands art. His research focuses on art and expressive culture in Burkina Faso and West Africa.

Roy's recent publications include the books "Art of the Upper Volta Rivers" and "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Collection." He has written two chapters on ancient and contemporary Africa for the new undergraduate text "Art History." In 1994-97 he created a CD-ROM program titled "Art and Life in Africa" that has been distributed to colleges and high schools across the nation.

Roy is founder and director of the Program for Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa (PASALA), which provides scholarships for graduate course work and research in Africa, as well as for conferences and publications on African art.

Scott received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and master's and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. He is author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on Italian art history, including previous works on the chapel in Turin as well as studies of Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, Bernini, the patronage of the Barberini family and urbanism in early modern Turin.

Scott has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the National Humanities Center, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Stanford Humanities Center. He is currently head of the art history program.

Scott succeeds printmaker Keith Achepohl, who was selected as the first Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor in the Arts.

The Elizabeth M. Stanley Professorship and Faculty Fellowship are funded by an endowment established by E & M Charities, a charitable support organization created by the late Elizabeth M. Stanley and C. Maxwell Stanley of Muscatine.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Art and Art History web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~art/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.