Dr. Jim Murley, Professor of Art History and Humanities at Elizabethtown Community
and Technical College, will discuss his discoveries and insights in Italian art and
culture in a lecture/presentation An Art Historians (Mis) Adventures in Northern Italy
at 4:00 pm on Wednesday September 7 in 112 James S. Owen Building (the John Behen
Room) in Elizabethtown. Students, faculty, staff as well as members of the community
are invited to this free event.
Over the last three decades Murley has taught a wide variety of courses in writing,
literature, humanities, and art history at ECTC. A self-described recovering English
teacher, he taught composition and literature classes in the beginning of his tenure
at the college; however, in the late 1990s he reinvented himself through further graduate
work at the University of Louisville. In 2000 he served as a member of the UL archaeological
team at the Roman villa of Torre de Palma, Monforte, Portugal. As recipient of two
Fulbright Fellowships, he studied at the American Academy in Rome (2002) and the American
School of Classical Studies (2005). He also was selected to participate in Models
of Ancient Rome, a National Endowment Summer Institute at UCLA in 2007. Murley was
the 2008-09 recipient of the Hite Art Institute Don Payton Graduate Award in Art History
at the University of Louisville,
Dr. Murleys research has taken him to the major art and archaeological museums in
America as well those in Spain, Portugal, France, England, Italy and Greece. He has
been an advocate for international education through the Kentucky Institute of International
Studies (KIIS), a consortium housed at Western Kentucky University. He has served
as a faculty member and program coordinator in KIIS programs in Greece and Italy from
2013-2015. Dr. Murley now is the coordinator and advisor for Life-Long Learners at
ECTC, the colleges outreach to members of the community 65 and older through the Donovan
Scholars Program (KRS 164.284).
In the traditional classroom and on-line, Murley teaches classical myth, Roman and
Greek culture, and art history. The research/pilgrimage to Northern Italy in May 2016
was prompted by his teaching courses on Italian Renaissance art and architecture.
In his recent trip Murley spent seventeen days visiting museums, churches, and public
art in Milan, Padua, Ravenna, and Venice. His travel was partially sponsored by the
Peden Fund, administered by the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
His presentation on September 7 will include photographs of these sights and sites.
For further information, contact Dr. Jim Murley (270-706-8541 or Jim.Murley@kctcs.edu).