Don Myers ’83

Alumni and Administrator

Director, Hillstrom Museum of Art in Hillstrom Museum and Instructor in Art and Art History

Donald Myers teaches art history courses and is the Director and Senior Curator of the Hillstrom Museum of Art.  He has taught at Gustavus Adolphus College since 2000, and prior to that was a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (he was in the sculpture and decorative arts department from 1986 to 1999), and taught art history courses at The Catholic University in Washington.  His specialties include the history of Italian Renaissance art and American art.  His publications include essays in Apollo, The Medal, Peace Review, Ceramics Monthly, and The Journal of the Print World, plus numerous exhibition essays and labels, and exhibition catalogue entries, for the Hillstrom Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and others.  He has lectured at conferences in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Provo, Utah, as well as at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Florida.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California, where his thesis was on the iconography of a painting by the Venetian Renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini, and his art history Ph.D. studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, concentrated on Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture and Nineteenth Century European and American painting and sculpture (his dissertation topic explores the interrelationship between painting and sculpture during the Italian Renaissance).  He is a graduate (1983) of Gustavus Adolphus College, with majors in art history and accounting.  Myers currently teaches ART245, Renaissance and Baroque, which surveys the history of Renaissance and Baroque art, concentrating on Italian art from the mid 13th century through the mid 16th century; and the newly-developed ART255, Museum Studies, which includes philosophical and historical study of museums, in particular art museums, meetings with professionals in the museum field, and projects that use the resources of the Hillstrom Museum of Art.  He has also taught both courses of the art history survey (ART101 and ART102); a January Term course on major monuments of Western art; a January Term class abroad in Rome, Florence, Venice and London (co-taught with Matt Panciera); the art history Senior Seminar; and has taught a survey of American and European 19th century art history (at The Catholic University).


Courses Taught

Current

ART-255 (Museum Studies)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-245Renaissance and Baroque Art152013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
ART-102Art History II92006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
ART-255Museum Studies62013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
ART-392Art History: Theory and Methods22000/FA and 2000/SP
CUR-230Visual Exp-Italy&London12012/JN
ART-268Career Exploration12005/JN
ART-106Images of Culture12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.