New UT Chair Created in Latin American Art History and Criticism
Posted: April 3, 2012
Andrea Giunta, a LLILAS-affiliated faculty member, has been appointed to the newly established Endowed Chair in Latin American Art History and Criticism in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. The chair is the first initiative paid for with earnings from the Longhorn Network.
President Bill Powers allocated $1 million from network proceeds to create the chair, and a $1 million matching gift from an anonymous donor will endow the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) program. The endowment will fund student scholarships and fellowships, visiting scholars and artists, and student travel. CLAVIS, founded by Professor Giunta in 2009 and currently its director, brings together scholars, museum and library professionals, and collections in Latin America, the United States, and Europe to outline a complex vision of Latin American art and its evolving modernity. The center was profiled in the 2010–2011 issue of LLILAS’s Portal magazine (“A Focal Point for Art,” pp. 10–13).
“Professor Giunta is one of the world’s leading authorities on modern and contemporary Latin American art,” said Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “She brings great distinction to the university’s extensive faculty and special collections in Latin American Studies.”
For more information, contact Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, at 512.475.7033.