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Esperanca Camara

Esperanca Camara

Associate Professor of Art History
Program Director for Graduate Studies

Phone: 260.399.7700 x 8017

Esperanca Camara received her Ph.D in Art History at the Johns Hopkins University, where she specialized in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art. In addition to courses in these areas, she teaches a two-semester survey of the history of western art and courses on American art and nineteenth-century French painting. Students may earn a minor in art history by taking six art history courses. Dr. Camara also supervises the aesthetics and art history component of the Master of Arts degree. Her own research focuses on religious art in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy.


Ph.D. in Art History, Johns Hopkins University, 2003.
M. A. in Art History, Johns Hopkins University, 1993.
B.A., Reed College, 1990.

Fellowships and Awards

Dean's Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 1997.
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for Research in Venice, Summer 1997.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1992-1996.
Phi Beta Kappa, Reed College, May 1990.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Art History, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN, August 2002- present.
Instructor, Hood College, Frederick, MD, Spring 2001.
Curatorial Intern, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Department of Old Master Drawings, September 1999-May 2000.
Graduate Lecturing Fellow, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 1998-May 1999.
Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, 1997.
Teaching Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, 1996.
Intern, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Department of European Paintings, Summer 1989.

Presentations/Conference Sessions

"Between Private Prayer and Corporate Identity: Madonna of the Rosary Prints in Sixteenth-Century Italy," College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 2003.

"Prints and the Dissemination of the Rosary in Late Fifteenth-Century Italy," International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2002.

Co-Chair, "Uses and Perception of the Christian Past during the Counter-Reformation," College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, February 2001.

"Meditational Texts and Devotional Images: Guido Reni's Madonna of the Rosary,"
Philadelphia Symposium in Art History, Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 1996.

"Pictures and Prayers: An Introduction to Madonna of the Rosary Imagery in the
Counter-Reformation," Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies, Villa Spelman, Florence, May 1994.

Publications (Works in progress)

"The Scuola del Rosario of SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venice," being co-authored with Victoria Avery.