Dr Jillian Louise MollenhauerArt
Personal Biography Statement
Jill Mollenhauer is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She completed her doctorate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at UC, San Diego where she specialized in the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica with a secondary emphasis in Native American art. Her dissertation, Olmec Monuments as Agents of Social Memory, focuses on the stone monuments of the Olmec culture, specifically their role as agents in the production and erasure of social memory. Jill completed her BA in Art History at UCLA. Currently, she teaches the World Art 1 art history survey (ARTH 1600), as well as upper-division courses in the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica (ARTH 3401) and the pre-Columbian Andes (ARTH 3402), the art of the ancient Maya (ARTH 350D), and Latin America modern art (ARTH 3481), along with seminars in object agency (ARTH 490C) and art theory and criticism (ARTH 4480).
Within the arts of Mesoamerica I specialize in the works of the ancient Olmec culture of southeastern Mexico. Broader themes within my research have included monuments and social memory; the agency of objects; space, place, and landscape; and (most recently) the overlapping of rock art and sculptural practice in Formative Mesoamerica.
College Art Association
2014. "Sculpting the Past in Preclassic Mesoamerica: Olmec Stone Monuments and the Production of Social Memory." Ancient Mesoamerica 25(1): 11-27.
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