Liana De Girolami Cheney

Liana De Girolami Cheney

Title: Professor Emerita
Company: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Liana De Girolami Cheney, Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art history.

Dr. De Girolami Cheney came from a family of physicians and it was expected for her to follow suit. While in a pre-med program, she decided the field wasn’t for her and began studying humanities. One of her professors at the University of Miami suggested that she study art history, and she continued down this path along with being a philosophy and psychology major. Upon taking a teaching assistant position, she fully realized her calling. She joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1974 as an instructor and remained at the institution in various capacities until her retirement as professor emeriti in 2013. In addition to being a professor at the school, she also provided her services as the Chairman of the Cultural Studies Department and of the Art Department. Additionally, she has spent time as a visiting researcher in art history at the Universidad de Coruna and the Università di Bari.

In her own academic pursuits, Dr. De Girolami Cheney earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and master’s degree at the University of Miami. She earned a PhD at Boston University in 1978. Among the many accomplishments of her career is her extensive body of published works, including Botticelli’s Mythological Paintings, The Paintings of Casa Vasari, The Whistler Papers, Vanities and Vanitas and many other lauded works. She received a grant from the T.E. Parker Foundation and the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as the Lowell Historical Preservation Commission and the American Council of Learned Sciences. In her career, she is most proud of having a special session dedicated to her at the College Arts Association and on having five sessions dedicated to her by the Renaissance Society of America. Though retired, she remains active in the academic community by continuing to write and research.

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