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Mary E. Phillips

Academic Biography:
I have always been "drawn" to visual art, from the love of sketching images from both my imagination and from the world around me, to learning various methods of expression. This, coupled with a love of the history of art, inspired me to share the creative world with others. My academic career spans several wonderful institutions including Siena Heights University, my alma mater and where I co-directed art study semesters in Florence, Italy ;Northern Illinois University, where I received both of my graduate degrees and served as a teaching assistant; Phillips University where I served as a tenured full professor, teaching both studio art and art history classes and eventually chairing the Art Department; and now Monmouth College, where I have taught part-time and currently serve as Curator of the Art Collections. Along with teaching I enjoy creating my own artwork, most recently in watercolors and acrylics.

Prior to teaching, I served as my alma mater's first Admissions Counselor, which opened up a whole new world for me; as a production editor for a Chicago publishing firm; and over the years in various retail and office positions. I have also done professional illustrations and calligraphy. All have been wonderful and enriching experiences.

Research Interests:
Calligraphy of any kind, but in particular, Western European illuminated manuscrips from the 8th through the 15th Centuries.

Nineteenth-Century painting, in particular the works of George Inness, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas and Winslow Homer.

Watercolor techniques.

Film, in particular those produced in the 1930s and early-1940s.

19th- and early-20th-Century childrens' books.

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
"An analysis of the illustrative programme of Les Heures de Jeanne d'Evreaux," a NEH Summer Scholarship-sponsored research

"The Influence of Emmanual Swedenborg on the Later Works of George Inness"

Frequent one-person and group exhibits of personal artwork, most recently of watercolors and acrylics
M.F.A. Northern Illinois University 1986
M.A. Northern Illinois University 1981
B.A. Siena Heights College (now University) 1971

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 205 Hewes Library