Arts & Humanities

Faculty - Arts and Humanities

Thelma Rohrer

Assistant Professor of Art
Director of Study Abroad and Off-Campus Academic Programs’

Thelma Rohrer teaches various courses in the Art Department and the Humanities Division. Her area of emphasis is in art and architectural history, and her studio areas include drawing, ceramics and weaving. She graduated from Manchester University "With Distinction," has a master's degree from Michigan State University, and has studied at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, and Ohio State University.

A specialist in American art, she has contributed scholarly articles to several encyclopedias, including the Lexikon der Düsseldorfer MalerschuleThe Ohio Artists Project, and the American National Biography, published by the Oxford University Press.

She was named "Winterthur Fellow, Scholar-in-Residence" in 1998, "Outstanding Young Woman of America," national award, 1997, "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges," 1984, and has received many other awards for excellence in teaching.

Rohrer has had a life-long interest in other cultures, and has traveled widely. Before entering college, she spent a year in Switzerland as an American Field Service exchange student. Once in college, she studied at Philipps Universität in Marburg, Germany. She has been leader or co-leader of study trips to Italy, England, France, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, and recently participated in a conference for study-abroad directors in Ecuador.

She has served as curatorial assistant for the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University, and was curator and author of the "Labor and Leisure: Images of Rural America in Prints of the 1930s and 1940s" exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art, in Ohio. She currently oversees the two art galleries at Manchester University.