Dr. Alexandra Carpino

Carpino

Alexandra Carpino, PhD
Professor of Art History and
Department Chair, CCS
Riles 104B
(928) 523-8801
Alexandra.Carpino@nau.edu 

 

 

Background  

 

Dr. Carpino grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She attended Bryn Mawr College in the early 1980s, and received her A.B. degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in 1986.  She spent seven years at the University of Iowa pursing her Ph.D. in Art History (it was conferred in 1993).  While at Iowa, she also had the opportunity to serve as a field researcher in connection with the archaeological excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo), not too far from Siena.

 

She met her husband, Shawn R. Skabelund, at the University of Iowa (he received his MFA in Drawing in 1990).  They have two children, Adrian and Chiara Rose.  As a family, they enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, biking, cooking and art. 

 

Research and Teaching Interests 

 

Dr. Carpino’s dissertation focused on the Etruscans’ bronze mirrors, and her book, Discs of Splendor: The Relief Mirrors of the Etruscans (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), was based on this research.  She is currently working on a Companion to the Etruscans with her colleague, Dr. Sinclair Bell from Northern Illinois University (this anthology of essays on the most current research on Etruscan art and culture will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2014).  She organized a session of the Companion’s papers for the 2013 Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Seattle where she presented her research on “The Iconography of Violence Against Women on Engraved Etruscan Bronze Mirrors.”  Dr. Carpino’s essay on Etruscan portraiture will also be part of Routledge’s 2013 volume, The Etruscan World, edited by Jean M. Turfa (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415673082/).  Dr. Carpino promotes awareness of Etruscan culture through her teaching and her work with The Etruscan Foundation (www.etruscanfoundation.org). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Etruscan Studies:  Journal of the Etruscan Foundation, and delivered the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2012/2013 Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology at the Nashville Parthenon in February 2013.

 

After teaching for five years at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dr. Carpino came to Flagstaff in 1998.  She teaches the introductory western art surveys and upper division courses in Greek, Etruscan and Roman art. She also organizes study abroad trips to Italy so that her students can experience art in its original context—during Spring Break 2007, for example, she took 18 students to Florence, Siena and Pisa, and during the Fall of 2011, she was a Visiting Professor at the Siena School for Liberal Arts.  She taught a course on Etruscan art and culture and served as the faculty advisor for the NAU students in attendance.  Dr. Carpino hopes to return to Tuscany in Summer 2013 as the faculty director of an immersion experience on “Art and Life in Tuscany.”     

 

Dr. Carpino is also active in the Masterpiece Art Program of Flagstaff, a community organization which provides opportunities for elementary school children to become familiar with the work of local, national and international artists through monthly class visits and art projects.  Most recently, she curated an exhibition called Learning from the Masters:  Celebrating Flagstaff’s Masterpiece Art Program, which was on display at the Coconino Center for the Arts during March 2012.  Learning from the Masters II will go on display in March 2014.

   

Selected Publications and Conference Papers/Panels

 

The AIA’s La Follette Lecture, Amherst, MA, Apr. 11, 2013:  “Beauty and Violence:  Matricide Myths on Etruscan Bronze Mirrors”

 

The AIA Cinelli Lecture, Nashville, TN, Feb. 5, 2013:  “Etruscan Faces:  From the Symbolic to the Real”

 

Panel Organized and Chaired:  The Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meetings, Seattle, 2013: “New Approaches and Insights on Etruscan Art and Culture”

 

Conference Presentation at the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meetings, Seattle, Jan. 2013:  “The Iconography of Violence against Women on Engraved Etruscan Bronze Mirrors” 

 

“Killing Klytaimnestra:  Matricide Myths on Etruscan Bronze Mirrors.”  Etruscan Studies 14 (2011):  3- 37.

 

“Art, Etruscan.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online:  Classics.  New York:  Oxford University Press, April 2011, www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com.          

 

 “Mirrors.”  The OxfordEncyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2009.

 

“Dueling Warriors on Two Etruscan Bronze Mirrors from the Fifth Century B.C. E.” In New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Rome:  Papers in Honor ofRichard D. De Puma, edited by Sinclair Bell and Helen Nagy, 182-197.   Madison:  The University of Wisconsin Press, 2009. 

 

Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2009: Public Lecture:  “Death, Decapitation and Dismemberment on Etruscan Bronze Mirrors”

 

“Reflections from the Tomb: Mirrors as Grave Goods in Hellenistic Tarquinia.”  Etruscan Studies 11 (2008): 1-33.

 

Conference Presentation at the College Art Association’s Annual Meetings, Dallas, 2008:

  “The Murder of Clytemnestra on Etruscan Bronze Mirrors”

 

Panel Organized for the College Art Association’s Annual Meetings, Boston, 2006:  “A Taste for Violence:  Images of Cruelty and Death in Etruscan Art”  

 

Professional Service/Awards 

 

Editor-in-Chief, Etruscan Studies:  Journal of the Etruscan Foundation

Department Chair, 2008-present

Associate Chair and Art History Program Coordinator, 2007-2008

Assistant Chair and Director of Student Services, 2005-2007

Publication Subvention Grant, The Dr. M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation, Great Britain, 2002

Teaching and Learning Effectiveness Grant, Northern Arizona University, 2000

Vice President and Grant Writer, The Masterpiece Art Program of Flagstaff, 2008-present

Member of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Etruscan Foundation, and the College Art Association.

 

 

Complete Curriculum Vitae