Prof. Carolyn Guile

Host institution: Jagiellonian University, Department of Art History

Grant category: U.S. Scholar
Project: Wooden Vernacular Architecture of Southern Poland-Galicia: Form, Function and Cultural Legacy, c.1600-1960

Academic year: 2016-2017
Grant start date: September 1, 2016
Grant end date: May 31, 2017

Carolyn Guile teaches early modern European art and architecture in the department of Art and Art History, the program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Colgate University.

Her research interests include Central and East-Central European art and architecture, the relationship of Italianate architectural traditions to East-Central European theory and practice, wooden vernacular architectures in the sub-Carpathian lands, and art and the natural world in the 17th and 18th centuries. She is also interested in the use of Geographic Information Systems technology in art and architectural history pedagogy and research.

Her book, ‘Remarks on Architecture.’ The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland analyzes, translates, and publishes for the first time a late eighteenth-century Polish treatise on architecture by the statesman and co-author of Poland’s 3 May 1791 Constitution, Ignacy Potocki. It discusses Potocki’s views on architecture’s potential to improve the nation while also serving as a platform for the critique of national and cultural traditions. Her current book project further aims to broaden our understanding of European architectural history through the study of theory and practice along the sub-Carpathian European borderlands.

An affiliate of the Center of Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, she is interested in the impact of conflict on cultural property.

Her collaborative projects with contemporary artists and Colgate’s Picker Gallery include the exhibition, Reading Space: The Art of Xu Bing (Colgate University, 2008) and her essay, “Eye of the World” for Mark Dion (The Phantom Museum—Wonder Workshop. Clifford Gallery, Picker Art Gallery, 2015).