Chair in Latin American Art History and Criticism Established with Longhorn Network Earnings and Private Gift

April 2, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — Professor Andrea Giunta has been appointed to the newly established Endowed Chair in Latin American Art History and Criticism in the College of Fine Arts’ 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 in proceeds from the network to create the chair. A $1 million matching gift from an anonymous donor will endow the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) program. Giunta founded CLAVIS in 2009 and currently serves as director.

“The university’s geographic and cultural proximity to Latin America – along with decades of focus on this area – has made us the American academic authority on the region,” Powers said. “Increasing our understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse artistic life of Latin America is a key component of this larger sustained concentration. I’m delighted that Professor Giunta will be leading us to even greater heights in this area.”

The endowed chair was created to help the Department of Art and Art History rise in national prominence, retain outstanding faculty in Latin American art history and consolidate the university’s long-standing distinction as one of the leading research and teaching institutions in Latin American art history and criticism.

“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.”

The $1 million endowment to the CLAVIS program will fund student scholarships and fellowships, visiting scholars and artists, and student travel. CLAVIS 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 outstanding resources available at The University of Texas at Austin provide CLAVIS with a home site that could not be more privileged in terms of its potential to consolidate and renew Latin American art studies,” Giunta said.

In 2008 Giunta also co-founded the Permanent Seminar, an arena for presentations and joint debate. By using the Permanent Seminar and CLAVIS, Giunta has sought to build a nexus of initiatives for the study of Latin American art by reaching out to other programs across the country, as well as within Texas between The University of Texas, Southern Methodist University and Rice University.

Giunta is also working with Mari Carmen Ramirez, curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, to forge relationships between the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) and CLAVIS to combine University of Texas students’ research practices and the ICAA archives.

Earnings from the Longhorn Network are also being used to establish academic chairs in Philosophy, Physics, the Texas Program in Sports and Media, African and African Diaspora Studies and Mathematics.

For more information, contact: Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, 512 475 7033.

5 Comments to "Chair in Latin American Art History and Criticism Established with Longhorn Network Earnings and Private Gift"

1.  Ricardo Miguel Bowen, Consul General of Ecuador said on April 5, 2012

I would like to express a warm and congratulatory welcome to Ms. Guinta on her new appointment.

If this consulate can ever be of assitance please dont hesitate to call on us.

2.  Richard Irizarry said on April 5, 2012

Establishing this chair is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the great opportunities at UT for research and academic preparation in the field of Latin American studies. Dr. Damian Bayon (a former visiting professor) would have loved this creation. As a former graduate student in the field, I am delighted.

3.  Cynthia Baker said on April 5, 2012

You speak quite highly of Dr. Giunta, but you say virtually nothing at all about her education or accomplishments. Who is she? Why was she chosen for the position? I'm interested.

4.  Brooks Szolyga said on April 5, 2012

As the daughter of Donald Goodall, who began the UT Art Department's focus on Latin America during the 1960's and 70's, I am very glad to hear that an Endowed Chair in this field will carry on his dream for UT to have a world class Latin American collection.

5.  Carlos Amador said on April 6, 2012

I'd like to personally extend my best wishes and congratulations to Professor Giunta. As both an avid reader of her work, and a Latin American scholar myself, I can say that Prof. Giunta's work is an example of type of research on Latin America that asserts the University of Texas' leadership position in the field. Her students, her readers, and the University community as a whole are truly fortunate to have her.