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Ivan Galantic Special Achievement in Humanities Prize,
|The Ivan Galantic Special Achievement in Humanities Prize, named after Ivan Galantic, Professor of Art History 1971-1989, is awarded to an undergraduate who has demonstrated the inclination and capacity to cultivate an integrative approach to learning, by reaching for wisdom, not simply knowledge.|
Ivan Galantic was born and raised in Croatia. He was jailed by Italy's fascist government which occupied his country at the onset of World War II. Emerging from a concentration camp eager to resume serious study, he attended the University of Rome, and then the Academy of Fine Arts, earning an M.F.A. As a young painter, he received numerous awards and was invited to join a prestigious art academy in Spain. Instead, he accepted a UNESCO-sponsored fellowship for study in Florence.
He eventually emigrated to the United States, where he painted, exhibited, and taught studio art. He recalls taking a good look in the mirror one day and asking himself, "Do I want to continue on my own artistic path, or do I want to look at and study what I see in the greatest artists-the Rembrandts, Michelangelos and the rest?" He specialized in Italian Renaissance Art and earned a Ph. D. at Harvard. He taught at Tufts University and the Harvard Extension School. Now professor emeritus at Tufts, he continues, after twenty-seven years, to teach History of Art at Harvard.
As a tribute to his teaching, his former students created a fund to establish the Ivan Galantic Prize.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H