The Thoma Foundation awards $ 159,000 to specialists in Spanish colonial art –

Katherine Moore McAllen, Verónica Munõz-Nájar Luque and Catalina Ospina.


The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation of Chicago awards $ 159,000 for scholarships and research grants to six specialists in Spanish colonial art. The organization has allocated funds for two undergraduate scholarships of $ 45,000 each, one postdoctoral fellowship of $ 60,000 and three short-term travel awards of varying amounts. The Marilynn Thoma Fellowship and the Thoma Foundation Travel Fellowships are the first grants of their kind to provide unrestricted funding to scholars of Spanish-American colonial art and history.

The recipient of the postdoctoral fellowship is Katherine Moore McAllen, Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas Rio Grande. With support from the Thoma Art Foundation, she will work on a monograph on how the wine industries of colonial Mexico and Peru supported the production of art and the decoration of missions.

The pre-doctoral fellows are Verónica Munõz-Nájar Luque, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and Catalina Ospina, a doctorate. candidate at the University of Chicago. Munõz-Nájar Luque’s research project will focus on imagery in works produced by Amazonian communities known as “Chunchos”. And Ospina will study the Andean mopa-mopa imaging technique, more commonly known as barniz de Pasto.

The recipients of the Foundation’s research and travel grants are Jennifer Baez, Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University; Emily Floyd, Senior Lecturer at University College London; and Paul Niell, associate professor of art history at Florida State University.

Carl Thoma, president of the foundation, said in a statement: “After deliberate consideration, and in consultation with over 80 academics working with Spanish colonial art, we have created these awards to directly address the needs of the field – des resources that we knew did not have. t exist elsewhere, but were strongly desired by scholars.

Edward K. Thompson