March 3-4 Marks 21st Annual Art History Symposium

UALR’s Department of Art is hosting the 21st Annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium March 3 through 4 in the Fine Arts Building.

The general public is welcome to attend the lectures and various student paper presentations.

The keynote speaker is Dr. James Farmer, chair of the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a BFA in studio art and a doctorate in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. His general areas of specialization include Pre-Columbian and North American Indian art, with secondary interests in modern and contemporary Native and Latin American art. Farmer has participated in archeological excavations in Colorado and Ecuador, and has conducted study abroad classes in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and the Southwest.

The schedule for the symposium is as follows:

Thursday, March 3, 2011
7:30 p.m. – Keynote Lecture:  One Twisted Monkey:  Ecuadorian Ceramics, the Classic Moment, and the Search for the “Human” in Ancient American Art, Dr. James Farmer, Virginia Commonwealth University


Friday, March 4, 2011

Session I
9:05-9:10 a.m.  –   Welcome
9:10-9:30 – The Myth of Persephone and Demeter as Metaphor for Sexual Initiation, Alex Leme, UALR
9:30-9:50 –  Art, Love, Death, and Orpheus as Prophet, Eileen Turan, UALR
9:50-10:10 –  Angelica Kaufmann: Exploring Gender, Samantha White, UCA
10:10-10:30 – Pestilence and Propaganda: Gros’ Plague House at Jaffa as a Napoleonic Response to Anti-Bonapartism, Jessica Wright, UALR


Session II
10:50-11:10 –  Edmonia Lewis: Paving the Way For African American Artists, Ronald Mosby, UCA
11:10-11:30 – Siqueiros’ Zapata, Lauren Sukany, UALR
11:30-11:50 – The Iconology of Fire in José Clemente Orozco’s Prometheus, Meredith Bagby Fettes, UALR
11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – Monument and Memory, Laurence McMahon, UAF


Session III
1:25-1:45  –  Sonia Delaunay: Redefining Success and Lifestyles, Jordan Karpe, UCA
1:45-2:15 – The Rhythm of Jazzkapelle:  Visualizing Weimar culture in an early drawing by Max Beckmann, Rachel S. Golden, UALR
2:15-2:25 –   Isabel Bishop’s Depression Era Office Workers and “Spaces of Femininity,” Megan A. Massanelli, UAF
2:25-2:45 –  Shepard Fairey: Fine Art Masquerader, LeeAnne Maxey, UCA
2:45-3:10 –  Comments on Papers
3:15-4:00 – Pachacuti and Machu Picchu,  Dr. James Farmer


This year marks the 21st annual symposium, which was established in 1991 by Dr. Floyd Martin of UALR and Dr. Gayle Seymour of the University of Central Arkansas as a means of encouraging and recognizing student achievements in art history in the state.

For more information about the symposium, contact Martin at 569-3140 or



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