Don Myers ’83
Alumni and Administrator
Donald Myers teaches art history courses and is the Director and Senior Curator of the Hillstrom Museum of Art. He has worked and 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. 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 17th 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 at Gustavus 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), and the art history Senior Seminar; and he has taught a survey of American and European 19th century art history (at The Catholic University).
Areas of Expertise
Italian Renaissance sculpture and painting, European (especially Italian) Renaissance and Baroque portrait medals, American art history of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century, and European and American sculpture in general
ART-255 (Museum Studies)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|ART-245||Renaissance and Baroque Art||17||2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/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-102||Art History II||9||2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP|
|ART-255||Museum Studies||8||2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP|
|ART-392||Art History: Theory and Methods||2||2000/FA and 2000/SP|
|ART-106||Images of Culture||1||2000/JN|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.