Michele Kidwell Gilbert
Michele Kidwell Gilbert hails from New York where she taught Ancient and Renaissance art history at The New School for Social Research, New York University, and the College of New Rochelle. A published writer, her lectures have been offered in diverse venues including the United Nations and in association with missions, consulates, cultural centers, charities. She participated with the African Burial Ground National Monument in a Parks Department Long-Range Interpretive Plan and selected for The Congressional Arts Caucus paintings by high school student which temporarily adorned the walls of the United States House of Representatives.
As founder and chair of the Archaeology Committee at The National Arts Club, Michele presents numerous talks including those featuring Ambassadors and Consul Generals, who discuss their Nations' heritages with members of the Diplomatic community in attendance. Michele also arranges programs with renowned visiting archaeologists, orchestrating dinners and receptions as well as providing liaison between international and cultural leaders. Furthering her passion for bringing diverse groups together, Michele created an Educational Initiative for young people to comprehend more fully their shared humanity through archaeology with an ambassador and international scholars serving on its advisory board.
Since arriving in St. Petersburg nearly four years ago, Michele has spoken at Eckerd College about Aphrodisias and on the Parthenon and analyzed the "Ten Plagues from the Egyptian Perspective" for Hadassah. A board member of the Museum of Fine Arts' Collectors Circle, the St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah, and the St. Petersburg Opera, Michele and her husband Dr. Gordon J. Gilbert organized the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts.