Moore Names New Liberal Arts Chair

For Immediate Release
August 22, 2012

Dr. Maureen Pelta has been named the new faculty Chair of Liberal Arts. Dr. Pelta received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College and her BA and MA from Temple University. Dr. Pelta also served as Chair of Liberal Arts at Moore from 1997 through 2006. Dr. Pelta along with Dr. Janet Kaplan and other members of the Art History and Liberal Arts faculty was instrumental in the development of the new Curatorial Studies major at Moore, which launched in 2006. She began teaching at Moore during the 1987-8 academic year.

Last spring, Dr. Pelta presented papers at two professional conferences: one paper was on the iconography of Renaissance hunting imagery at the South Central Renaissance Conference in New Orleans and the other paper, “Surveying Correggio and Dispensing (with) Fame,” was presented at the annual meetings of the Renaissance Society of America in Washington, DC. This October, her review of Katherine A. McIver’s Wives, Widows, Mistresses and Nuns in Early Modern Italy (Ashgate, 2012), will be published in the SECAC Review, Vol. XLV, no. 2.

In addition, every year Dr. Pelta is a volunteer chair of the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts competition for middle and high school students. This competition encourages artistic expression and culminates in an annual awards ceremony held in Stewart Auditorium. The students’ artwork is then exhibited at Moore in early June.

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Published on August 22nd, 2012