Piperato Becomes First Art Historian at HPU

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 25, 2011 – Dr. Anna Piperato was recently hired by High Point University as assistant professor of Art History and the first ever art historian at HPU.

Piperato will reformulate the art history minor and develop an art history major, as well as propose new courses and plan a study abroad experience in Italy. Piperato is also the faculty adviser for the Visual Art and Design Guild, and is part of the Phi Beta Kappa committee, an academic honors society.

She has experience working internationally in art museums, including the Bardini Museum in Florence, Italy, where she made her first HPU connection. She gave a tour of the museum to a group of professors, including Scott Raynor, chair of the Department of Visual Arts at HPU.

“She made an indelible impression on me and I liked her energy and enthusiasm for the subject of art,” said Raynor.

Originally from Westborough, Mass., Piperato received a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Skidmore College, a Master of Arts from The University of Manchester in Italian studies, and a Doctorate from The University of Manchester in Saint Catherine of Siena in 16th century Italian art.

“I believe that art history is the discipline that embodies the spirit of the liberal arts education. It is interdisciplinary by nature: by studying the history of art you are also studying the social, political, religious, and economic situations of particular cultures and time periods,” says Piperato. “The chance to create a major here at HPU is an exciting opportunity indeed. More important, perhaps, is to instill a love of learning and to encourage students to think outside of their comfort zone.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

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