Dr. Claire L. Kovacs is the Director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Kovacs obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University – all in art history. She has curated exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum, Coe College, and the Krasl Art Center, in addition to her work at Augustana. Her curatorial strategies for programming and exhibitions at Augustana emphasize the role of art museums at colleges and universities, and she also focuses on creating digital platforms for student engagement with the collections. Her art historical research considers social networks and resultant artistic exchange in Paris, particularly Edgar Degas’ relationships with Italian artists throughout his career. She participated in an NEH/American Academy in Rome Summer Seminar on the Risorgimento (2013), as well as the Getty-sponsored digital art history workshop, Rebuilding the Portfolio at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (2014). She co-hosts The Gallery Gap, a WVIK podcast that examines in/equity in museum exhibitions, programs, and collections, and is on the editorial board of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals.
Outside of her interests in art, Kovacs is an avid gardener (from starting seeds to turning her front yard into a perennial food + native plant oasis), cook (she makes a mean pot o' greens), baker (she is currently working her way through Stanley Ginsberg's The Rye Baker), and fermenter (pickles, sauerkraut, cheese, and wine, but never onions – ask her about that failure). She is an avid reader, and her years of looking out windows in the pauses of her writing developed into a bit of a bird watching habit. She is also committed to justice in the world, in all its forms.
Twitter + Instagram: @kiddicoblr