Professor Emeritus, Dean Emeritus
Dean Emeritus Dr. Jerry L. Draper (BA, Art History, Yale University; PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Professor Emeritus, Art History, Florida State University) was founding Dean of the College of Fine Arts (then School of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance), serving from 1973-2002.
Professor Emerita, Medieval Art
Paula Gerson (Ph.D., Columbia University) has held appointments at Washington University, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, UNC, and Rutgers, and was the Executive Manager of the International Center of Medieval Art at the Cloisters in New York City. She was Chair of the FSU Department of Art History from 1996 to 2006. In addition to her scholarship in Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture, Dr. Gerson is an avid photographer who has exhibited work in solo and group shows. She retired in the spring of 2013, at which time she was honored with the title of Professor Emerita. In 2014 an all-day symposium in honor of Professor Gerson was held at Columbia University, supported by the Columbia Department of Art History and Archaeology; the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University; Young Harris College; and Prof. Gerson’s students, friends and colleagues.
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). He has held several Canada Council fellowships and grants as well as a Research Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives and a Cornerstone (AHPEG) Grant. 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.
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 College 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 – now the Art & Design Library.
Remarkably, Pat is enjoying her retirement and does not seem to miss the demands of her job. She enjoys travel and FSU basketball, visits her many friends and assists neighbors in her community, and spends as much time as possible playing with her grand-niece and -nephews.