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Lifelong Learner Academic Coordinator

Gail Weigl

Gail Capitol Weigl is an art historian trained in European (B.A., Wayne State University, M.A. University of Michigan) and Asian art history (Ph.D., University of Michigan). While resident in Kyoto, Japan, she held an appointment as Research Associate, Kyoto National University. Gail has twice served as faculty on Semester at Sea (S85, S96) and taught Chinese and Japanese art, philosophy and literature as a Japan Foundation fellow and assistant professor at the University of Maryland (College Park). She has taught as adjunct professor of Asian art at George Mason and Georgetown Universities, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. She retired as an Associate Professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. As an independent scholar, she has focused on 16-17th century English portraiture. Her article on an equestrian portrait of Henry, Prince of Wales, appeared in a collection of essays on Henry Stuart (2007). Her non-academic positions include serving as a Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Director of the Office on Arts and Aging, National Council on Aging. She taught art history to older adults in Washington, D.C. under a grant from the D.C. Commission for the Arts, and for two years developed and implemented an arts-based curriculum for Head Start, under grants from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Her Head Start curriculum recently was adapted for “Freedom in Creation,” a program for former child soldiers in Uganda.