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Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D.
Chairperson

Professor of Art History
Annunciation Center 202

Phone: (973) 290-4315
vbutera@steu.edu

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Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D.

SEU Professor of Art History Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D.Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., is the director of the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, chairperson of the art, dance, and music program and a tenured professor of art history at the Saint Elizabeth University.

Dr. Butera has been curating art exhibitions for more than 30 years for museums and galleries such as the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She has curated 38 major exhibitions for the Maloney Art Gallery since it opened in September 2007. Her areas of expertise are in 19th, 20th and 21st century American and European art.

Dr. Butera received her B.A. in Renaissance Studies from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, her M.A. in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.

She has authored and co-authored exhibition catalogues and magazine articles including: "The Fan as Form and Image in Contemporary Art" (Arts Magazine, May, 1981); The Folding Image: Screens by Western Artists of the 19th and 20th Centuries (New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1984); Contemporary Screens (San Francisco: The American Art Museum Association, 1986); The Annunciation in Contemporary Art (Morristown, NJ: Saint Elizabeth University, 2007) and Inside & Out: Selections from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Visual Artist/Educator Fellows (Morristown, NJ: Saint Elizabeth University, 2008).

She was named the 2010 Outstanding Arts Advocate of the Year by the Arts Council of the Morris Area in Morristown, NJ.

She has received many grants during her career, including two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants for a multi-disciplinary program, "The Phrase in Art" (2011) and "When Art and Science Collaborate," (2012) a series of mini-lectures about the influence of science on the visual and performing arts. This program was held in conjunction with her Spring 2012 exhibition, The Abstract Universe: Microcosm/Macrocosm, for the Maloney Art Gallery at the College.