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Dr Jillian Louise Mollenhauer


ART 187M

Personal Biography Statement

Jill Mollenhauer is Associate 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 U.C. San Diego where she specialized in the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica. 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 advanced seminars in art and cultural theory.

Research Areas/Interests

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.

Selected Presentations

“Changing Spaces: Olmec Monuments and the Production of Social Space in the Preclassic Gulf Lowlands,” presented at the 2011 Annual Meetings of the College Art Association in February, 2011.
“Pre-classic Monuments and the Formation of Social Memory,” presented at the 2009 Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archeology in April, 2009.
Panel co-chair, “Mesoamerica’s Formative: New Approaches in and Out of Olman,” presented at the Society for American Archaeology 2009 Annual Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Fortunes of Femininity: Maya Women and Ritual Performance,” presented at the 2006 Annual College Art Association Conference, in February, 2006.

Professional Affiliations

College Art Association
Society for American Archaeology
Association for Latin American Art

Selected Publications

2014. "Sculpting the Past in Preclassic Mesoamerica: Olmec Stone Monuments and the Production of Social Memory." Ancient Mesoamerica 25(1): 11-27.

Courses Taught


Office Hours

Tuesday - [16:00 to 17:00]
Thursday - [16:00 to 17:00]
Friday - [12:00 to 15:00]

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Current Semester Schedule

41869 ARTH-1600-001 World Art I: Art Prior to 1400 MTWR 1730-1930
41963 ARTH-3980-001 Internship TBA TBA-TBA

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