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Janetta Benton

Distinguished Professor

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Location
  • @Westchester
    Paton House P29
  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 1205
Office Hours
Pleasantville
Office Hours
New York City

Biography


Janetta Rebold Benton, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Art History and a recent recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Russia. She is the author of 8 books on art historical subjects, as well as many scholarly articles. Dr. Benton lectures at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is the speaker on trips sponsored by the Smithsonian and Met. She holds degrees/diploma from Harvard, Brown, George Washington, and Cornell Universities.

Education


MDP diploma , Harvard University , 2000

PhD , Brown University , 1981

MA , George Washington University , 1969

BFA , Cornell University , 1967

Awards and Honors

  • European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012 - Fulbright Senior Scholar
  • Pace University, 2011 - Dyson College Excellence in Scholarship Award and Grant
  • Pace University, 2004 - Award for Outstanding Faculty Member
  • Pace University, 2004 - Distinguished Professor
  • Pace University, 2004 - Dyson College Distinguished Achievement Award for Distinguished Faculty
  • Pace University, 2004 - Joseph E. Houle Award

Publications


Benton, J. R. (2015). Lady with a Secret: The Lady with the Unicorn Tapestries. Smithsonian Journeys magazine. Vol I (Issue I) , pages 102-103.

Benton, J. R. (2015). The Corbels on the Church of Saint Peter, Vienne-en-Bessin.

Benton, J. R. (2015). Virtual Exhibition Project: Fostering Ties Between Future Museum Curators in the U.S. and Russia (with summary in Russian). (Issue 2014) , pages 60-65.

Benton, J. R. & DiYanni, R. (2014). Handbook for the Humanities. , pages 450 pages, 443 illustrations.

Benton, J. R., , . & , . (2014). Medieval Visual Humor. Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: SAGE Publications. Vol 2 , pages 494-502.

Benton, J. R. & DiYanni, R. (2012). Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities. Vol 2 volumes and combined edition (Issue 4th edition) , pages vol. I 540 pages, 294 illustrations; vol. II 498 pages, 289 illustrations.

PRESENTATIONS


Benton, J. R. (2015). All-day seminar. The Glories of French Art and Architecture. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Benton, J. R. (2015). Architectural Masterpieces Series: Italy, France, England, and Contemporary Global Innovations. Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY

Benton, J. R. (2015). Art and Politics in America. Dyson Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Pace University, NY

Benton, J. R. (2015). Great American Masters: Homer, Cassatt. Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, NY, NY

Benton, J. R. (2015). Museums of the XXI Century: New Educational Paradigms, International Roundtable. The Museum as Cultural Magnet: Enhanced Experience, Increased Attendance. The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Benton, J. R. (2015). Smithsonian Journeys. Highlights of Italy. Smithsonian Institution, Italy

Benton, J. R. (2015). Smithsonian Journeys. Paris: City of Light. Smithsonia Institution, Paris, France

Benton, J. R. (2015). Smithsonian Journeys. Southern France: From the Pyrenees to Provence and the Cote d'Azur. Smithsonian Institution, Southern France

Benton, J. R. (2015). The Glories of French Art and Archiecture. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Benton, J. R. (2014). England's Extraordinary Architecture. Smithsonian Institution, Washignton, DC

Benton, J. R. (2014). Great Masters and their Masterpieces: Botticelli, Goya, Rodin, Chagall. Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY

Benton, J. R. (2014). Great Masters and their Masterpieces: Raphael, Renoir, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frida Kahlo. Schimmel Center for hte Arts, NY, NY

Benton, J. R. (2014). Smithsonian Journeys. Cruising the Rivieras of Italy, France, and Spain. Smithsonian Institution, Italy, France, Spain

Benton, J. R. (2014). Smithsonian Journeys. France through the Ages. Smithsonian Institution, France

Benton, J. R. (2014). The Museum and Museum Specialists: Problems of Professional Education Conference. Virtual Exhibition Project: Fostering Ties Between Future Museum Curators in the US and Russia. State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Benton, J. R. (2014). Three Women Who Broke the Glass Ceiling in the Art World. Morgan Stanley Financial Services, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, and Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

Benton, J. R. (2013). France's Fascinating Art. Schimmel Center for hte Arts, NY, NY

Benton, J. R. (2013). Great Artists and their Masterpieces: Michelangelo, Rubens, Monet, and Van Gogh. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Benton, J. R. (2013). Italy's Extraordinary Art: From the Pantheon to St. Peter's. The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York, NY

Benton, J. R. (2013). Medieval Myths and Monsters Conference. Holy Terrors: Gargoyles on Medieval Buildings. University of New Mexico, New Mexico

Benton, J. R. (2012). 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Disjecta Membra: The Evidence of Fragments. Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, Michigan

Benton, J. R. (2012). Construction and Architecture: Urbanization and Modern Trends in Megacities. Extreme Architecture: Global Ambitions and Accomplishments. Moscow, Russia

Benton, J. R. (2012). Danube Waltz: From Passau to Budapest. Smithsonian Institution

Benton, J. R. (2012). Encore! Four More! Great Painters and their Masterpieces: Michelangelo, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe. The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York, NY

Benton, J. R. (2012). Frank Lloyd Wright: Genius of 20th-Century American Architecture. Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Benton, J. R. (2012). Medieval Mischief: Wit and Humor in the Art of the Middle Ages. European University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Benton, J. R. (2012). Word and Image Conference. Medieval Bestiaries: Similarity and Disparity of Information in Text and Image. European University, St. Petersburg, Russia

RESEARCH INTEREST ---


Areas of interest: medieval and Renaissance art history; global art; iconography; fantastic fauna and gargoyles; humor in art

Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research

Benton, J. R. (2012, August). Fulbright Senior Scholar Award.
U.S. government , Federal . Funded,I received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to be Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Art History, European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, fall semester 2012

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • College Art Association; Early Book Society; International Center of Medieval Art; Fulbright Association; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum [International Center of Medieval Art, Director, 3 years] , June 2000
    College Art Association Early Book Society International Center of Medieval Art Fulbright Association Metropolitan Museum of Art Guggenheim Museum of Art

COLLEGE SERVICE

  • Interdisciplinary travel course [Other]
    Desc: Interdisciplinary Honors travel course to England, including trip during spring break. Taught with Dr. Rebecca Martin, English Department
  • [Other]
    Desc: Interdisciplinary Honors travel course to France with trip during spring break. Taught with Dr. Adelia Williams, Modern Languages Department.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Prestigious Fellowships and Awards [University Director]
    Desc: Encourage students to apply for prestigious awards and work with them on their applications, especially Fulbright awards. Work with faculty members who wish to apply for Fulbrights.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Events, presentations, letters, emails, social websites, PowerPoint presentations, flyers, website, Student Government, Advisors, UNV 101, etc. used to publicize prestigious awards. Fulbrights 2014-15, one undergraduate finalist and one faculty member finalist
  • Pforzheimer Honors College, PLV [Director]
    Desc: During the 14 years I was Director, I took an Honors Program of 71 students and transformed it to an Honors College with over 300 students, an office, study room, permanent staff including an Advisor, with events and an award-winning newsletter. Students received $15,000 scholarships annually, and a complimentary laptop.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: See above.

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • United Way; Adopt-A-Dog [Guest Speaker]
    Desc: As a fund-raiser for various charities, I offer a private tour through The Cloisters Museum, which is auctioned off to bidders.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Additionally, I am a judge at Adopt-A-Dog's annual main fund-raiser event, "Putting on the Dog."
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