Instructor Anne-Louise Dierkes
Anne-Louise Dierkes, a lecturer at Sonoma State University, earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature (French and English) at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a M.A. in Art History at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Soon thereafter, she earned her M.Phil. in Art History from the City University of New York, Graduate School and University Center, with a specialization in European and American art and architecture from 1750 to the present.
As a Ph.D. candidate, her primary research focused on postwar assemblage from California, with connected studies of European avant-garde collage and assemblage practices from the early 20 th century through the 1960s. Recent topics of interest include the art and architecture of Prehistoric Northern Europe, ancient Etruria, and Late Gothic Italy.
Anne-Louise has taught both face-to-face and online courses at Sonoma State since 2014, as well as at various other North Bay Area colleges since 2007. She was an early proponent of developing fully online art history courses at these schools, and has participated in multiple programs, courses, and focus groups pertaining to distance education techniques.
At Sonoma State, Anne-Louise has primarily taught ARTH 210, the Prehistoric to Gothic Art History survey course, both during the regular academic school year, and for the School of Extended and International Education during the summer and winter terms. Additionally, she has taught the Late Gothic to Modern Art History survey, the Roman Art and Early Italian Renaissance Art seminars, and most recently, the Modern Art from 1945 to 1979 course. She’s also developed an online version of ARTH 273 (Arts and Literature: Critical and Creative Readings and Renderings) that coordinated with the School of Arts and Humanities’ innovative SYRCE program.
Rounding out her other professional experiences, Anne-Louise has developed art history lectures and courses for regional lifelong learning programs (OLLI and Oakmont), taught in a Paris study-abroad program (Santa Rosa Junior College), worked extensively with a private contemporary art collection (The Hess Collection, Napa), and participated in an archaeological excavation (Tel Dor, Israel).