Presidential Research Professor Makes Several Presentations

Jeff Karl Kowalski, Professor of Art History at NIU and a 2010 recipient of NIU's distinguished Presidential Research Professor Award, presented the paper "Expressions of 'Maya Identity' in Contemporary Artworks from Yucatán to Guatamala," at the second triennial conference of the Association for Latin American Art, held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art November 12-14. The paper was co-written by former NIU art history graduate student Mary Katherine Scott and by NIU Art Education Associate Professor Kryssi Staikidis.

Jeff also delivered a lecture entitled "Art versus Artifact: Great Divide, Cultural Continuum, or Institutional Category?" on November 5 at Trinity University in San Antonio in conjunction with the exhibition "Crafting Maya Identity: Contemporary Maya Wood Sculptures from the Puuc Region, Yucatán, Mexico," which was shown at the Michael and Noemi Neidorff Art Gallery of the Dicke Art Building from October 14 - November 20.

In addition, Jeff gave a talk entitled "Archaeology, Tourism, and Invented Tradition: Contemporary Maya Sculpture in Yucatán," for the Milwaukee Society of the American Institute of Archaeology, held at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee on December 5.

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