Art History Faculty Present Research at College Art Association Conference in NYC

LSU art history faculty members Susan Elizabeth Ryan and Elena FitzPatrick Sifford will be presenting at the 2015 College Art Association Meeting at the Hilton New York in New York City on February 12. Ryan’s talk, “Constructing New Discourse: Wearable Technology and Materiality of Media,” will focus on new media art curatorship and is in connection with the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) at CAA. Sifford will present, “Filling the Lacuna: The Guatemalan Black Christ and New Spanish Art History,” as a part of the Association for Latin American Art Emerging Scholars session at the CAA meeting. Their travel and research is supported by the LSU School of Art and faculty travel grants from the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development.

GarmentsParadise_WEBSusan Elizabeth Ryan is a professor of art history at LSU and an affiliate of the LSU Center for Computational Technology (CCT). Ryan teaches contemporary and new media art history and has helped found an interdisciplinary art/engineering undergraduate minor at LSU entitled AVATAR. Ryan curated Social Fabrics, an exhibition sponsored by the Leonardo Educational Forum for the College Art Association in Dallas in 2008. She has lectured internationally on dress and creative technology, and has published several books in the fields of art and design history including the recent publication from MIT Press, Garments of Paradise: Wearable Discourse in the Digital Age. Visit for more information.

Art History Faculty LSU Elena FitzPatrick SiffordLSU Assistant Professor Elena FitzPatrick Sifford teaches Renaissance and Baroque art from a global perspective. Her research focuses on the introduction, development, and spread of Christian devotional sculpture in Viceregal New Spain. Her dissertation, “Disseminating Devotion: The Image and Cult of the Black Christ in Colonial Mexico and Central America,” investigates the intersections of pre-Columbian, African, and Iberian ritual and cosmology as it relates to miraculous pilgrimage images of the Black Christ. Her research deals with issues of materiality and the exchange of visual culture and ideas in the early modern period, particularly in the Hispanic world. Sifford has presented her research in New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Mexico City. She also contributed a chapter on hybridity and Mexican feather work in the volume ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art, edited by James Romaine and Linda Stratford (Cascade Books, 2014). Before coming to LSU, Sifford was a visiting instructor of art history at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a graduate teaching fellow in art history at Lehman College in New York.

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The College Art Association, founded in 1911, promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art. CAA advances the highest standards of instruction, knowledge and practice in the visual arts to stimulate intellectual curiosity and advance skills that enrich the individual and society. The College Art Association Meeting facilitates networking opportunities and enables attendees to exchange ideas and information with colleagues from across the globe. Visit for more information.