Carl Sheppard was a Medieval art historian who taught at the University of Michigan, UCLA and at the University of Minnesota where he also chaired the Department of Art History for his first fifteen years there. Sheppard focused his career on the Romanesque sculptural decoration of churches in Spain and Italy before he turned his attention to early Christian work in Turkey, Greece, and Yugoslavia.
His wife, Patricia H. Sheppard, established this memorial lecture in honor of her husband. Mrs. Sheppard currently resides in Sonoma, California and is active in local archaeology while also continuing to pursue her interests in cultural anthropology.
The Sheppard Lecturer is chosen each year by the AIA Lecture Program Committee.