* UPDATE :This event has been canceled.*

West Virginia Universitys College of Creative Arts is hosting distinguished art historian David Summers Wednesday, April 4.

Summers is widely considered one of the master teachers of art history in the United States. He will speak at 5 p.m. in the Creative Arts Centers Bloch Learning and Performance Hall as part of the WVU Division of Arts annual J. Bernard Schultz Lecture Series in Art History. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The serieswhich honors current WVU College of Creative Arts Dean Bernie Schultzbrings a leading art historian to campus each year to enhance the art history program and to further enhance the intellectual life of the University.

Summers is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Art Theory and Italian Renaissance Art at the University of Virginia.

An Idaho native, Summers holds a bachelors degree from Brown University, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a masters degree and a doctorate from Yale University.

Summers taught at Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College and the University of Pittsburgh before accepting an appointment to the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia in 1981.

The professor has written and lectured on topics ranging from the work of Michelangelo to modernism. He has been on the editorial boards of the Art Bulletin, which publishes scholarly research on the history of art and architecture, and the Journal of the History of Ideas.

Moreover, he is the author ofThe Sculpture of Vincenzo Danti(1979);Michelangelo and the Language of Art(1981),The Judgment of Sense: Renaissance Naturalism and the Rise of Aesthetics(1987);Real Spaces. World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism(2003); andVision, Reflection and Imagination in Western Painting(forthcoming).

He is currently completing a manuscript on the High Renaissance program of the Sistine Chapel.

Additionally, Summers was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996 and is also a painter.

The J. Bernard Schultz Lecture Series in Art History was endowed in WVU s College of Creative Arts in 2004 by donors who wish to remain anonymous. It was created through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for the University.

Previous lecturers have included David Wilkins, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, and Joann Moser, curator of graphic arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

For more information about the lecture, contact the College of Creative Arts, 304-293-4841, ext. 3108.