Julie Levin-Caro is an art historian and curator specializing in American and African American art and visual culture. In addition, she actively researches, writes and teaches about the history of gardens and designed landscapes.
Caro received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, and has taught at Colby College (Maine), Vassar College and Union College (New York) and Bard College at Simon's Rock (Massachusetts). Dr. Caro has lectured widely at academic conferences and museums around the country and last year at an international symposium in Berlin, Germany. She has worked as a museum educator at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and the Dallas Museum of Art and as a curatorial consultant for the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. Her most recent curatorial project was Freedom of Expression: Politics and Aesthetics in African American Art, which was on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in the spring of 2010 (an online version of this exhibition can be viewed here.
Professor Caro has published on the African American artists Allan Rohan Crite and Jean Lacy as well as the designed landscapes at the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas and Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York. She is currently working on a curatorial project on Allan Crite's brush and ink illustrations of African American spirituals from the 1930s and 1940s and writing essays on the studios of German American modernist artist, Winold Reiss, and the Hudson River School landscape painter, Thomas Cole.
At Warren Wilson, Professor Caro teaches the two-part art history survey that covers prehistoric through contemporary art as well as art history electives in modern and contemporary art, American art, African American art, portraiture and landscape art. Some of these courses have a service learning composnet in which students develop and teach an art appreciation at ArtSpace, a local charter school. She also teaches in the First Year Seminar program and is an academic advisor for first year students.
Ask Professor Caro about how you can be involved in the Gees Bend Quilt Project, which will provide students with the opportunity to research and plan an exhibition of quilts and fine art prints to be held in the Fall of 2014 as well as develop the related educational programs for the larger Asheville community.