Dr. Esperanca Camara

Associate Professor of Art History

Email: ecamara@sf.edu
Phone: 260.399.7700, ext. 8017

Esperanca Camara received her Ph.D. in Art History at Johns Hopkins University, where she specialized in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. In addition to courses in these areas, she teaches a two-semester survey of the history of western art and courses on American art and 19th-century French painting. Students may earn a minor in Art History by taking six Art History courses. Dr. Camara also supervises the aesthetics and Art History component of the Master of Arts degree. Her own research focuses on religious art in 16th- and 17th-century Italy.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Art History – Johns Hopkins University, 2002
  • Master of Arts in Art History – Johns Hopkins University, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts – Reed College, 1990

Awards and Recognitions

  • Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership, University of St. Francis, May 2007.

Professional Memberships

  • College Art Association
  • Italian Art Society
  • Midwest Art History Society
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Society for Sixteenth-Century Studies
  • Society for Confraternity Studies

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Art History – University of Saint Francis; 2002-present
  • Instructor – Hood College; spring 2001
  • Curatorial Intern – National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Department of Old Master Drawings; September 1999-May 2000
  • Graduate Lecturing Fellow – National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; October 1998-May 1999
  • Instructor – Johns Hopkins University; 1997
  • Teaching Assistant – Johns Hopkins University; 1996
  • Intern – Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Department of European Paintings; summer 1989


  • “Activating the Rosary Altarpiece in the Diocese of Bologna,” First Annual Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, June 2013
  • “Saint Francis and Creation: A Model for the Twenty-first Century,” plenary lecture, Conference of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, Forty Wayne, June 2010.
  • “Processional Art and the Cult of the Rosary in Post-Tridentine Italy,” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, April 2008.

Publications (works in progress)

  • “Rubens’ Presentation of the Portrait of Marie de Medici” (2014) for www.smarthsitory.khanacademy.org
  • “Correggio’s Assumption of the Virgin” (2013) for www.smarthsitory.khanacademy.org
  • “The Baroque: Art, Politics, and Theology in 17th-century Europe” (2013) for www.smarthsitory.khanacademy.org
  • “Saint Francis and Creation: A Model for the Twenty-First Century,” The AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education 8 (January 2011): 17-27.
  • Review of Judith Mann and Babette Bohn, Federico Barocci: Master of Color and Line (Saint Louis Museum of Art, Yale University Press, 2012), Sixteenth Century Journal 44 (Winter 2013): 1214.
  • Review of Frederick Ilchman, ed., Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2009), Sixteenth Century Journal 42 (Winter 2011): 893.

Community Service

  • Guest speaker at local museums, churches, and schools.
  • Volunteer activities for Fort Wayne Ballet, Boy Scouts, Little River Wetlands, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.

Curriculum Vitae

View Dr. Esperanca Camara’s curriculum vitae.