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Careers in Art History 2023

Department of Art History, SUNY New Paltz, Chair, Keely Heuer

All current and prospective students are welcome to Careers in Art History 2023, an annual virtual panel discussion with young alumnx of the Art History Department at SUNY New Paltz.

Students can explore their career options with five alumnx who will share their experiences, accomplishments, and caveats during an informal, moderated discussion. A Q & A session will follow.

The Zoom meeting begins on Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 PM. Registration is required; use the QR code belor or go to the link on this page to register.

Our 2023 Careers Panelists are:

  • Gabriel Chalfin-Piney '18 Arts Administrator, Organizer, & Artist, Chicago Area
  • Sarah Fisk '14, Inventory Control Coordinator, UOVO Art Storage, Brooklyn
  • Ameya Grant '18, Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (MSc) and History of Art and Archaeology (MA) Dual Degree Student at The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts-NYU
  • Emily Koller-Apelskog '15, Fellows Program Coordinator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • Elva Rivera '16, Tattooer, Artist, Educator, & Organizer, Poughkeepsie

Student comments from a past Careers in Art History Panel:

  • "It was very nice how intimate the event was. Awesome to be able to network beforehand."
  • "More, More, More...please & Thank you!"
  • "Very refreshing and innovative!"
  • "It was definitely inspirational hearing the stories and careers of the alumni. It made me feel even more driven to pursue my passion of AH.

QR code to Register for Zoom | Careers in Art History 2023


Free and Open to All including Prospective Students!

Zoom closed captioning enabled for this event.


Thursday, March 23

7:00 PM

Virtual via Zoom

AHA Lecture by Dr. Indych-López | Marías, Pachucas, Cholas: Judy Baca's Chicana Tough Girls
Dr. Anna Indych-López
Marías, Pachucas, Cholas: Judy Baca's Chicana Tough Girls

The Art History Association Spring Lecture Series

The Art History Association is pleased to announce the start of its spring lecture series, which focuses on Latin American and Latinx visual and material culture. We are kicking things off with a fantastic virtual talk by Dr. Anna Indych-López, Professor of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 2nd via Zoom (Registration Required).

Dr. Indych-López’s talk, "Marías, Pachucas, Cholas: Judy Baca’s Chicana Tough Girls," will focus on Las Tres Marías, a performative work for the first known group exhibition of art made by Chicanas, held at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. In the nearly life-size mixed-media triptych, she invoked the figures of the pachuca (the 1940s Mexican American woman zoot suiter known for her distinctive style and resistance) and the chola (her 1970s streetwise counterpart).

Dr. Indych-López is a renowned scholar of modern and contemporary art among Latin American, U.S., transatlantic, Afro-diasporic, and Latinx networks. Her work investigates art in the public sphere, especially in Mexico, as well as Latinx and U.S.-Mexico borderlands contemporary art, focusing on cross-cultural intellectual and aesthetic exchanges, the polemics of realisms, and spatial politics.

All are welcome to attend the talk, but Zoom registration is required. Please register for the Zoom meeting with this QR code or click the link above. We hope to see you at this celebration of Chicana culture!

Indych-Lopez Judy Baca Talk: Zoom QR Code to Register


If you have any questions or need accommodations, please contact Art History Chair, Keely Heuer, by email, heuerk@newpaltz.edu, or call (845) 257-3829. Zoom Live Transcription (Closed Captions) will be enabled during this talk.


Thursday, March 2, 2023

6:30 PM

via Zoom (Registration Required)

a woman in Peruvian traditional dress weaving thread
Kathy Brew
Following the Thread

Co-Sponsored by Art History & Latin American, Caribbean & Latinx Studies with support from Campus Auxiliary Services.

Following The Thread (2021, 22") provides a critical view of the delicate balance Indigenous communities of fabric makers face as they struggle to maintain age-old artisanal practices in a globalized market economy. Filmmaker Kathy Brew will give a presentation after the screening. A reception will follow the event. For questions and to request accommodations, please contact Chair of Art History, Keely Heuer heuerk@newpaltz.edu (845) 257-3829.

In the Peruvian Andes, textiles are omnipresent in the lives of indigenous people; they are both eminently practical and stunningly beautiful as generations of weavers have applied their creativity to invent techniques and designs found nowhere else in the world. Textiles still form a powerful part of identity. But this identity is at risk. Indigenous people still face racism on a daily basis. And a globalized market economy that produces cheap, machine-made products destroys respect and interest in the hand-made. Infringement on the intellectual rights of native peoples only makes this worse.

The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) was established by Andean weavers and their supporters to aid in the survival of Cusqueñan textile traditions and to provide support to the indigenous people who create them. This short film presents some of the communities affiliated with the Center and includes special celebrations and ceremonies, rituals with the animals (llamas and sheep), natural dying processes, weaving and knitting demonstrations, and much more.


Art History
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
mornings only:
(845) 257-3875


February 23, 2023

7:00 PM

Lecture Center 104

Woman with brown hair, looking solemn, next to a daguerreotype of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty
Tamara Lanier (Feb 9 Only)
Free Renty: Lanier V. Harvard, A Two-Day Event

Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Art History & Black Studies, with the support of Campus Auxiliary Services

Film Screening, Faculty-Led Discussion (February 8)
Presentation by Tamara Lanier (February 9)

The Departments of Art History and Black Studies are pleased to invite you to an inspiring two-day event highlighting Tamara Lanier’s ongoing struggle to force Harvard University to cede possession of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. These early photographs, commissioned in 1850 by a Harvard professor to support his racist conclusions regarding the “superiority” of the white race, are emblematic of America’s failure to acknowledge fully the cruelty of slavery and the ongoing issues of racism and white supremacy today. On February 8th at 7 PM, we will offer a screening of the documentary film Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard (2021, 95"), which was featured at prestigious film festivals across the country in 2022 and outlines Ms. Lanier’s story. This screening will be accompanied by contextualizing commentary from faculty representatives of the Department of Art History and Black Studies. On February 9th at 7 PM, we will have the pleasure of hearing from Ms. Lanier herself, who will give an in-person talk on what has happened in her case against Harvard since the filming of the documentary. Her presentation will be followed with a reception. Both events will be held in LC 104.

We are very grateful for the financial support of Campus Auxiliary Services that has made this important event possible. Please feel free to contact Art History Chair, Keely Heuer, at heuerk@newpaltz.edu or x3829 if you have any questions or if you wish to request accommodations.


"The question is, who owns the rights to the violence of the past? Is it the victim or the perpetrator?"

— Tamara Lanier


February 8 & February 9

7PM (both dates)

Lecture Center 104 (both dates)

Portrait of Dr. Renée Ater and artwork shaped as a dwelling
Dr. Renée Ater, Provost Visiting Professor, Director of Africana Studies, Brown University
Memoryscapes of Slavery:
The Slave Dwelling as Remains and Commemorative Object

The Art History Association and the Department of Art History are very pleased to announce a virtual address on April 7th at 7 PM by Dr. Renée Ater, Provost Visiting Professor and Director of Africana Studies at Brown University, entitled Memoryscapes of Slavery: The Slave Dwelling as Remains and Commemorative Object.

This talk is the inaugural keynote address of the annual SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium. The Symposium comprises eleven sessions over the three subsequent days, Friday, April 8th through Sunday, April 10th. The SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium is the largest event of its kind in the United States, featuring talks from nearly one hundred students representing eighty collegiate institutions located across the globe.

The Symposium website schedule page to register for all other sessions as well as the Keynote, may be reached at  https://tinyurl.com/2022SNPUAHS-Session-Register.


Registration Required,
Free and Open to the Public


Thursday, April 7th


Virtual via Zoom, registration required

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