(Posted December 8, 2014)

Karen Rosell, professor of art history
Karen Rosell, professor of art history

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Karen Rosell, professor of art history, and Amy Mathur, assistant professor of English, will team up to speak about the art of creating a permanent record of the works in the Juniata College Museum of Art in the talk, "Cataloging the Stottlemyer Art Collection," at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Bookend Seminar Lecture Series, which features talks each month by Juniata faculty.

The talk will focus on how Rosell organized a 15-month project to photograph artwork, document each piece of art and publish a comprehensive catalog for the Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection, which forms the bulk of the permanent collection in Juniata's art museum.

The talk will begin with a short overview of how Juniata came into possession of the artworks in 1996 after Quayton Stottlemyer approached Rosell to look at photos of the collection during an alumni event. Works by Rembrandt, James Whistler, Thomas Moran and works by many members of the Hudson River School, including Albert Bierstadt, Asher B. Durand, and William Casilear, were part of the collection.

Rosell will then detail how she organized and oversaw more than 15 current and former students through the complicated process of documenting, researching and writing about each piece in the collection. Students were involved in every phase of the project. In addition, Mathur will talk about her role as editor of the 360-page catalog.

Karen Rosell joined Juniata's faculty in 1986. She teaches such popular courses as "Women in Art," "20th Century Art" and "American Art." In 1997, she received the Beachley Distinguished Teaching Award and was awarded the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1989.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1980 in art history and studio art from the University of Richmond and went on to earn a master's degree in art history in 1982 from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Va. She earned a doctoral degree in comparative arts in 1986 from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.

Rosell received the University of Richmond's Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts in 1996. She also is a member of the Juniata College Arts Council and the College Art Association. She has presented papers at scholarly conferences across the country and has overseen research for more than two dozen Juniata students who presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Amy Mathur joined the Juniata faculty in 2002, after earning a doctorate in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. in 2001. Mathur earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1996 from Juniata and went on to earn a master's degree in English in 1997 from Carnegie Mellon University.

She focuses her research interest on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature and teaches such courses as "Literature of Revenge," "Sports Literature," "Shakespearean Drama," and "Renaissance Drama." She was named as a finalist for the University of Arizona's Johnny Raye Harper Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.