Past VASC Lecturers


Vesna Palovovic

Spring 2014 - 3/5/14


Marden Nichols

Spring 2014 - 2/5/14

“Vitruvius on Painting: A Scholar’s Lecture on Vitruvius’ De architectura and Roman Wall Painting”
Visiting Scholar (Baltimore, MD)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 6:15 pm
Smith Hall of Art, 114

Dr. Marden Nichols, Assistant Curator of Ancient Art at the Walters Museum, presented on:
The first century B.C.E. witnessed expansion in the popularity and variety of Roman wall painting. While archaeological evidence for this development is considerable, contemporary commentary is sparse. Vitruvius’ De architectura is the only first-century work that discusses Roman wall painting at length. Dr. Nichols considers the difficulties in using Vitruvius as an aid to understanding wall painting styles and their reception in ancient Rome. It proposes a new interpretation of De architectura’s Book 7, on the finishing touches of architecture.


Derrick Adams

Spring 2014 - 1/31/14

Derrick Adams Visiting Artist (New York, NY) and Professorial Lecturer
Friday, January 31, 5:15 pm
Smith Hall of Art, 115
Reception following lecture in Gallery 102


Rebecca Stone

Fall 2013 - 9/25/13

"Reciprocity, Revelation, and Rule-Breaking: Indigenous Language and Ancient Andean Art"
Visiting Scholar (Atlanta, GA)
Wednesday, September 25 at 6:15 pm
Smith Hall of Art, room 114

Rebecca Rollins Stone, Masse-Martin Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Professor in the Art History Department, and Faculty Curator of Art of the Americas at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1987. She has published To Weave for the Sun: Andean Textiles in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1994), Art of the Andes from Chavín to Inca (1996, 2002, 2012), Seeing with New Eyes: Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection of Art of the Ancient Americas (2002), and The Jaguar Within: Shamanic Trance in Ancient Central and South American Art (2011). Her primary research interests are the fiber arts, shamanism, museology, and Andean and Costa Rican art. She curates a collection of over 2,500 objects from Mesoamerica, Central and South America.


Gregory Thielker and Noah Coburn

Fall 2013 - 10/23/13

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:15pm
Smith Hall of Art, room 114

Artist Gregory Thielker and anthropologist Noah Coburn collaborate to create a complex portrait of Afghanistan today. Based on several years of site research, their project is a powerful contrast to the predictable narratives of Afghanistan because it combines the two disciplines to create a layered and open-ended presentation of life amid conflict. The public talk focused on the way different fields of study can connect and inform each other with surprising results.