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Arne Flaten

Arne Flaten

Head of the Rueff School; Professor, Art History // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Head of the Rueff School; Professor, Art History // Art and Design // Rueff School

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Room: PAO 1190C


Phone: 494-3054

Dr. Arne Flaten (Ph.D. Indiana University-Bloomington) is Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History and Head of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance at Purdue University. Growing up in a diplomatic family he has lived and studied in various parts of the world, including Israel, Rwanda and Italy. Flaten earned his B.A. in Art Studio and English Literature at St. Olaf College and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Before Purdue, Flaten served as the Director of the School of Art at Ball State University, Chair of Visual Arts and Associate Dean at Coastal Carolina University, and was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award from the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Professor Flaten’s publications include books, edited journals, articles, essays and book chapters on the Italian Renaissance, Classical Greek architecture, digital humanities, and popular culture. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission (twice); the Getty Research Institute; the Kress Foundation (three times); the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (CASVA); the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice); the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Renaissance Society of America. In 2013 Flaten was named HTC Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at Coastal Carolina University, the University’s highest honor, and in 2014 he was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts—Salzburg.

Flaten is a site accreditation reviewer, chair of the Nominations Committee, and workshop presenter for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. He serves on the Services to Historians of Visual Arts and Culture Committee for the College Art Association, and is on the Leadership Development Committee for International Council of Fine Arts Deans. He is a member of the National Council of Arts Administrators.