(Photo courtesy of ShelleyPerlove.com)


After 30 years of introducing UM-Dearborn students to the rich history of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, two-time Distinguished Teacher Dr. Shelley Perlove has retired.

“Shelley Perlove is quite possibly one of the best professors that I had while at UM-Deaborn,” said Krystal Caldwell, an Art History alumna. “Her passion and excitement for art is contagious, making sometimes mundane topics seem exciting. It takes a special person to do that.”

Beyond her work in the classroom, Dr. Perlove has been an active researcher. She recently served as a consultant for the Detroit Institute of Art’s exhibit, “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus,” contributing an essay for the catalogue and her voice to the audio tour. She has also published seven books and exhibition catalogues, as well as numerous articles in international journals.

Dr. Perlove has also spent the past 20 years organizing annual European art and architecture tours to places like Paris, Prague, and Rome. Dr. Perlove spends roughly two years planning every aspect of each trip to ensure travelers have a once in a lifetime experience.

“I was honored to join her on one of her trips and not only because it was Paris,” Caldwell said. “Her firsthand knowledge of the city, the places and the art was amazing.”

“Being able to go into the Louvre on a day that it was closed to the public and to observe the masterpieces that I had studied for so long without interruption is something that I know could not have been possible without her,” continued Caldwell.

In addition to other honors, Dr. Perlove also won the UM-Dearborn Distinguished Research award in 2011, has served as the President of the Midwest Art History Society, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Historians of Netherlandish Art.

“While it is sad to hear that she is leaving, I wish her the absolute best with whatever plans she has for retirement,” Caldwell said. “I know she will approach it with the gusto she gives everything else.”