A selected group of art history students share their developed research for the 16th Annual Art History & Visual Culture Undergraduate Symposium. The symposium takes place May 7 from 2–4 PM in Brick City Building 1, room 312.
The Art History and Visual Culture Undergraduate Symposium is held each year to offer students an opportunity to go further into their chosen research topic and present their findings to a larger audience. Students submit research abstracts to a call for proposals early each spring semester, and art history faculty members carefully choose the strongest topics for presentation. “Many of the topics submitted relate to research that students have previously started in course work, but some students come up with topics that relate to research that they are just beginning,” adds Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, professor of art and art history. Presentations take place as short illustrated lectures by each of the featured undergraduates.
Five students will present at this year’s symposium:
- Jacqueline Batista-Martinez “Legitimizing Nostalgia and Power at the Great Mosque of Cordoba”
- Hannah Herron “Alexander the Great in Illuminated Shahnama Manuscripts”
- Kimberly McDowell “Astronomy and Astrology in the Architecture and Decorative Arts of Medieval Islam”
- Hanna Henroid “Mamluk Textiles in the Venetian Republic”
- Julia Kidwell “Patterns of Power: The Portrayal of Space and Architectural Forms in Classical Timurid Painting”
The symposium is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend for an afternoon of art history presentations and idea sharing.
Brick City Building 1 is located at 327 W. Mill Street, Springfield, MO 65806. For questions about the event, call the Department of Art and Design office, 417-837-2330.
Taylor Ladd is a graduate assistant for the Department of Art + Design. She is working towards her master’s degree in writing at Missouri State University with professional interests in writing about art, culture, and food.