Dr. Alexandra Carpino
Alexandra Carpino, PhD
Professor of Art History and
Department Chair, CCS
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, who attends NAU and is majoring in journalism, and Chiara Rose, a student at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. As a family, they enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, biking, cooking and art.
Research and Teaching
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 recently completed 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 has been published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2016: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118352742.html). 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.” She then transformed that paper into a sabbatical presentation entitled "Beauty and Violence: Deciphering Dark Stories on Etruscan Bronze Mirrors," which she delivered on the NAU campus in 2014, as well as into a larger study entitled "The 'Taste' for Violence in Etruscan Art: Debunking the Myth," which appears in the Companion volume as Chapter 27. Dr. Carpino also co-wrote the introduction to the Companion volume, in addition to editing and proofing its 31 chapters. Her essay on Etruscan portraiture has also appeared in print: in Routledge’s 2013 volume, The Etruscan World, edited by Jean M. Turfa (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415673082/). Finally, Dr. Carpino recently - in 2015 - updated and revised her entry on Etruscan art in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. New York: Oxford University Press, www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com.
Dr. Carpino promotes awareness of Etruscan art and culture through her teaching and her work with The Etruscan Foundation (www.etruscanfoundation.org). She served as the Editor-in-Chief of Etruscan Studies: Journal of the Etruscan Foundation for 3 years - 2011-2014 - 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. In the Spring of 2016, she was also selected to participate in the 2016/2017 National Lecture Program of the Archaeological Institute of America.
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 returned to Tuscany in Summer 2013 and Summer 2015 as the faculty director of an immersion experience on “Art and Life in Tuscany” which not only included the study of Etruscan art but also the Medieval and Renaissance heritage of Siena, Florence and Pienza.
Dr. Carpino is 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 went on display in March 2014 and Learning from the Masters III will be on display in February and March 2016.
Selected Publications and
A Companion to the Etruscans, co-edited with Dr. Sinclair Bell. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
Website link: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118352742
“Introduction” and “Chapter 27: The ‘Taste’ for Violence in Etruscan Art: Debunking the Myth.” In A Companion to the Etruscans, edited by S. Bell and A. Carpino, xxi-xxviii and 410-430. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
“Chapter 55: Portraiture.” The Etruscan World, edited by Jean Macintosh Turfa, 1007-1016. London: Routledge, 2013.
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. Updated and published September 2015.
“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”
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.
Editor-in-Chief, Etruscan Studies: Journal of the Etruscan Foundation
Associate Chair and Art
History Program Coordinator, 2007-2008
Assistant Chair and
Director of Student Services, 2005-2007
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
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