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Emeritus Faculty

Paula GersonPaula Gerson

Professor Emerita, Medieval Art

Paula Gerson (Ph.D., Columbia University) has held appointments at Washington University, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, UNC, and Rutgers. Before coming to Florida State University, she was the Executive Manager of the International Center of Medieval Art at the Cloisters in New York City. She became the Chair of the FSU Department of Art History in 1996. Her major fields are Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture. In addition to her art history scholarship, Dr. Gerson is an avid photographer who has exhibited her work in solo and group shows. She retired from FSU in the spring of 2013, at which time she was celebrated with a grand retirement party and honored with the title of Professor Emerita.

An all-day symposium in honor of Professor Gerson was held at Columbia University in March 2014, supported by Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology; the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University; Young Harris College; and  students, friends and colleagues of Professor Gerson.



Professor Emeritus, Contemporary Art & Abstraction

Roald Nasgaard (Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, NYU) was Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department at Florida State University from 1995 to 2006. His teaching career began at the University of Guelph in 1971. In the years between, before returning to academia, he had a long and distinguished museum career. From 1975 to 1978 he served as Curator of Contemporary Art and then, until 1993, as Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Among the many exhibition catalogues he authored are Yves Gaucher: A Fifteen-Year Perspective (1979);Structures for Behaviour: New Sculptures by Robert Morris, David Rabinowich, Richard Serra and George Trakas (1978); The Mystic North: Symbolist Landscape Painting in Northern Europe and North America, 1890-1940 (1984); Gerhard Richter: Paintings (1988); and Pleasures of Sight and States of Being: Radical Abstract Painting Since 1990 (2001). Other major curatorial projects at the AGO include The European IcebergCreativity in Germany and Italy Today (1985) and Free WorldsMetaphors and Realities in Contemporary Hungarian Art. He has held several Canada Council fellowships and grants as well as a Research Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives (2002) and a Cornerstone (AHPEG) Grant, FSU (2006-2007). He won an OAAG Curatorial Writing Award in 1991 for his essay in Individualités: 14 Contemporary Artists from France.  His Abstract Painting in Canada: A History was published in August 2007. His exhibition, The Urge to Abstraction, opened on September 15, 2007 at the Varley Art Gallery, Unionville Ont. His exhibition project for the Varley Art Gallery, Bourduas and the Automatistes, showed at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo in summer 2009.


Patricia RosePatricia Rose

Professor Emerita, Northern Renaissance Art

Patricia Rose retired in 2002 after teaching art history at Florida State University for 30 years and serving as chairman of the art history department for 17 of those years. During her time at FSU, she brought together an outstanding faculty, handled the demands of her position with unwavering grace, patience and humor, and treated generations of students with dedication and respect. The faculty, students and staff of the department and of the School of Visual Arts and Dance showed their affection for Dr. Rose with a retirement celebration in April, 2002, and she was named Professor Emerita. She also made a generous donation to the department that year of her extensive collection of art books, which became the foundation of the Patricia Rose Library.

Remarkably, Pat is enjoying her retirement and does not seem to miss the demands of her job. She travels often, visits her many friends regularly, and spends as much time as possible playing with her grand-niece and -nephews.