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SOA Announces Lott Endowment Fund Recipient for Fall 2008

The School of Art is proud to announce that a grant of $5,000 from the Ryla T. & John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts has been made toward the presentation of next fall’s Early Modern Image and Text Society (EMIT) Conference being co-organized and presented by Dr. John Beusterian, associate professor of Spanish literature in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages, and Dr. Constance Cortez, assistant professor of art history of Latino/a-Chicano/a art in the School of Art.   Entitled Death in Words and Images:  The Case of the Early Modern Hispanic World, the conference, which will take place October 23 – 25, 2008, will include interdisciplinary presentations by literary scholars, art historians and visual artists.  In addition, approximately twenty scholarly papers related to the conference topic will be presented.

The EMIT conference proposal was selected to receive the grant from a field of five highly qualified proposals reviewed last month by the Exhibitions & Visiting Artists Committee of the School of Art.  The Lott Endowment was created by Mr. John Lott in the late 1990s in memory of his deceased first wife, Ryla.  He has augmented the initial endowment through the years making it possible for the School of Art to support one major project, exhibition or symposium each semester.

An exhibition on the theme of death will be presented in conjunction with the conference by Landmark Arts in the Studio Gallery of the School of Art.  Curated by Dr. Cortez, the exhibition will include artwork by contemporary Hispanic/Latino artists from around the country.