American Indian ceramic artwork


Scholarly symposia are presented annually on the topics of pre-Columbian or Spanish Colonial art; western American art; and biannually on American Indian art.

Barbara Latham, View from Our House in Talpa, about 1935. Bequest of Barbara Latham, 1989.126

The Petrie Institute of Western American Art Symposium

The Petrie Institute offers annual scholarly symposia that relate directly to either the department’s exhibitions or other major topics in western American art.

The 12th Annual Petrie Institute of Western American Art Symposium Beyond America’s Heartland: Regionalism and the Art of the American West  was held Thursday, January 4, 2018. 

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Douglas Society tour of the exhibition “Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980” with associate curator John Lukavic.

Biannual Symposium on American Indian Art

Every other year the native arts department hosts a symposium on topics related to American Indian art. Through this event the scholarly dialog on American Indian art is advanced. The most recent symposium, In Dialog: Fritz Scholder and the Art World, was held on January 7, 2016.

Teotihuacan wall mural fragment (detail). Mexico, AD 650–750. Lime plaster and polychrome paint.

Mayer Center Symposium

Mayer Center symposia are held annually, alternating between pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art topics. The most recent symposium, Murals of the Americas, was held on November 2-4, 2017.

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  • Virgin Embroidering with Saints Anne & Joaquim (detail)
    Event: Special Events

    Materiality: Making Spanish America

    18th Annual Mayer Center Symposium
    Thursday, November 1, 2018Friday, November 2, 2018.

    During the early modern period in Spanish America, artists and craftspeople experimented with a variety of local natural resources and imported materials—pigments, fibers, feathers, shell, stone, wood, clay, silver, gold—which resulted in a new and unique visual culture.

    This symposium will bring together an international group of scholars to explore topics central to the formation and evolution of materiality in the Spanish Americas.

    Thursday, November 1: 5:30-8:30 pm (keynote and reception)

    Friday, November 2: 9:30 am-4 pm (symposium)

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