Posted on June 10th, 2011

Faculty News

Professor Jean M. French’s Retirement Party

Senior Karen Johnson, Junior, Christopher Richards and Jean

On Friday, May 20th, in a tent behind the Barringer House on Annandale Road, Jean was feted, toasted and celebrated by the Art History program and current colleagues, past colleagues, past and current students, and many family members.  It was a memorable afternoon with many moving testimonials and amusing recollections.

Jean and alum Christopher McCloskey and Lily Robbins

The Art History program owes its existence to the efforts of Prof. French in the 1970s to secure art history as a major at Bard College.  The very first art history major, Randy Farber Buckingham, spoke of her experience and life long love of Medieval art as a result of being Prof. French’s student.

Prof. Tom Wolf recollected the early days when the department consisted of two faculty members, himself and Prof. French. As you can see below, the program has grown and is thriving.

The Art History Department faculty and staff 2011

Jean concluded the event with a few words of thanks and encouragement.  Later that evening, she was awarded the Bardian Award by President Botstein.

Jean saying her farewells!