Sheri Shaneyfelt, senior lecturer in Renaissance and Baroque Art and director of undergraduate studies, has won the 2012 Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Gilliam Award, established in 1995 in memory of Harriet S. Gilliam, B.A., 1966, recognizes a lecturer or senior lecturer who has achieved excellence in teaching undergraduates. Nominations are reviewed and ranked by student members of Phi Beta Kappa, after which the Arts and Science dean selects a winner. Shaneyfelt received a cash award and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup.
Shaneyfelt (Centre College, B.S.; Vanderbilt University, M.A.; Indiana University at Bloomington, Ph.D.) specializes in Italian Renaissance Art; she also teaches courses in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art at Vanderbilt. She has served as a lecturer in art history at The Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy, and The Institute for Fine and Liberal Arts at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, Italy.
Her research has been published in the Burlington Magazine and in Studying and Conserving Paintings, a joint publication of the Kress Foundation and the Institute for Fine Arts Conservation Center at New York University. An article recently published in Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte establishes the graphic style of the painter Giannicola di Paolo, an important associate of Pietro Perugino. Shaneyfelt’s current studies continue her focus on Renaissance Umbria and the artistic culture of Perugia circa 1490.