Stonehill Mourns Passing of Prof. Carole Calo

February 11, 2013

The Stonehill Community mourns the loss of Professor of Arts History and Chair of the Visual & Performing Arts Department Carole Calo, who passed away after a struggle with cancer on February 9.

In over two decades, Calo built the arts community at Stonehill into a vibrant presence that touched everyone. Hired in 1990 to create a Fine Arts Department, she brought vision, imagination, and tenacity to hiring a creative and motivated faculty.

Art history, studio arts, graphic design, music, and dance exist in the Stonehill College curriculum because of Calo's capacious vision. Theatre Arts, which preceded her tenure on campus, eventually joined the Visual and Performing Arts Department as well.

The Visual and Performing Arts Department, which she chaired, has grown in stature and peer respect. An expert in identifying and hiring outstanding faculty, Calo was also skilled in weaving them together into a cohesive department while providing the encouragement and support that allows individual artists to flourish. In turn, a stronger Visual and Performing Arts Department paved the way for a more substantial visible presence for the arts across the campus.

In addition to being an effective academic administrator, Calo loved teaching and mentoring her students. Never one to confine herself artistically or intellectually, she also successfully collaborated with colleagues from other disciplines on many occasions. Passionate about public art, she knew how to build partnerships beyond campus, as her community-based outreach to the Cape Verdean community in Brockton demonstrated.

Calo held a doctorate in Art History from Boston University and an M.A.T. from Tufts University. With Prentice Hall, she published "Viewpoints: Readings in Art History" (2001), "Writings About Art" and a Student Study Guide to Marilyn Stokstad's "Art History" (Vol. I).

She also wrote for "Arts Magazine," "The Public Art Review," "The New Art Examiner," and "Art New England." Her courses included: History of Art, 19th Century Art, Modern Art History, Art Since 1945, Art for Public Spaces, Art and Gender, Art and Psychology, Exhibitions and Collections, and Art and Civic Culture in Urban Neighborhoods.

Calo's funeral services were held in the Martin Institute on Tuesday, February 12th. Calo's family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, gifts be made in her memory to Stonehill College.


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