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FACULTY & STAFF: Karen Rechnitzer Pope, PhD



Karen Pope grew up in the western US, mostly in Washington State and Colorado. She embraced a life-long study of art history in college, held short-term teaching assignments at UT-Austin, UT-Dallas and UT-San Antonio late in the period of her graduate work, then developed continuing education and community art history programming for Central Texans through Fine Arts Continuing Education at UT-Austin in the 1980-90s. She joined the Art Department faculty at Baylor in 1998 as a member of the Allbritton Art Institute.

At Baylor, Dr. Pope teaches an advanced course each semester in nineteenth-century art. Regularly-offered courses include European Art, Impressionism & Post-Impressionism, and American Art from Colonial Times to 1900; Special Topics have explored Japan & the West, The Print in the 19th Century, The Life & Art of Edgar Degas, The Life & Art of Edouard Manet, The Life & Art of Vincent van Gogh, and Four Great Art Cities in the 18th Century. She also designs and conducts an Allbritton Field Study each semester for qualifying advanced students to experience in-depth study and pursue individual projects. Since 1998, AAI Field Studies have taken students to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC; Amsterdam, Milan, Paris, Venice, and Vienna for studies focused on aspects of 19th-century art history. For more about the Allbritton Art Institute, see www.baylor.edu/aai

In addition to nineteenth-century art history courses, Dr. Pope teaches ART 1300 each semester. "Introduction to the Visual Arts for Non-Majors" is designed to help students from across the University build a basic knowledge of the history of art (ancient through contemporary), great artists, art processes, materials, and approaches to the interpretation of art. Among the many possibilities in such "intro" courses, Dr. Pope's particular enthusiasm is to help students connect the course with their campus environment and area museums in order to see ways by which art history will enrich their lives as productive adults and inquisitive travelers.

As ongoing service to the wider Central Texas Community, Dr. Pope offers docent training and museum education and, as Art inSight Inc. www.artinsight.info, conducts daytrips, lecture series, and study tours around the US and Europe. She contributes her expertise in the history of 19th-century art and architecture to preservation and programming at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum in Austin (Abner Cook, 1855; owned by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Texas). She is a board member of AHNCA, the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art. As an expression of her generalist interests, Dr. Pope has written a book about the living American realist painter, Jenness Cortez, whose series called “Homage to the Creative Spiritâ€- envisions great works (mostly paintings) by famous artists in imagined private settings where they are accompanied by still life objects that extend the meanings of the central images.

PhD, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Ohio State University
BA, The Colorado College

For more about the Allbritton Art Institute, see www.baylor.edu/aai

Curriculum Vitae

Field Trip Gallery