Professor Gabriel Weisberg, who joined the department's faculty in 1985, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award by the College Art Association.
The Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award, established in 1977, is presented to an individual who has been actively engaged in teaching art history for most of his or her career. Among the range of criteria that may be applied in evaluating candidates are: inspiration to a broad range of students in the pursuit of humanistic studies; rigorous intellectual standards and outstanding success in both scholarly and class presentation; contribution to the advancement of knowledge and methodology in the discipline, including integration of art-historical knowledge with other disciplines; and aid to students in the development of their careers.
In being honored in this way, Professor Weisberg joins a distinguished list of past winners of this award, including Horst W. Janson (1979), Meyer Shapiro (1981), Oleg Grabar (1983), Marvin Eisenberg (1987), James Ackerman (1991), Egbert Haverkap-Begemann (1992), Jules Prown (1996), Cecilia F. Klein (2000), and Wu Hung (2008).
Here, at the University of Minnesota, we have long known that Professor Weisberg is a gifted and generous teacher, who has inspired generations of students on both the undergraduate and graduate level. We are therefore especially delighted that his distinguished record of teaching has now been given national recognition by our professional organization.
Professor Weisberg will receive his award at the College Art Association's Annual Conference Award Ceremony in Los Angeles in February 2012.