Department SpotlightProfessor Travels to Eastern Europe for Art's Sake
Associate Professor of Art Barbara Filo has completed a sabbatical at the City Galleries of Bratislava, in Slovakia, where she participated in restoration projects, cleaning a large work by Milan Pasteka for a summer retrospective of his work; helped out in the public relations office, translating the galleries' main brochure into English; assisted with the installation of gallery exhibits; and presented a lecture titled "200 Years of American Art: Jefferson to Warhol." After returning to Whitworth, Filo compiled an exhibit of reproductions from the Galeria Mesta Bratislavy for Whitworth's Koehler Gallery and presented her research findings at the college's Faculty Scholarship Forum.
Filo joined the Whitworth faculty in1979 and teaches art-history and studio courses, such as design and mixed-media book arts. Since 1985 she has been a faculty leader for the British Isles Study Tour, a semester-long study of English literature, history and art. The art segment of the tour focuses on the visual arts - architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative arts - and includes study in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Filo specializes in the portion of the tour that visits Northern England and Scotland, where she leads students on tours of Durham Cathedral and York Minster Cathedral, the Pre-Raphaelite collection at the Tate Gallery, and London's National Gallery. The next tour will take place during the fall semester of 2002.
In addition to teaching art courses at Whitworth and co-leading the British Isles Study Tour, Filo's areas of interest include book arts, archaeology, 18th-century architecture, Spokane urban architecture and architects, and writing.