Ilenia Colón Mendoza

Ilenia Colón Mendoza, Ph.D.

Dr. Ilenia Colon Mendoza received a B.A. in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Evansville in Indiana and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Colon Mendoza's major area of research is seventeenth-century Spanish art. In addition to the visual arts of the Baroque, she is also proficient in Caribbean and Latin American art, and the art and architecture of Ancient Rome. Her book entitled "The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernandez: Polychrome Sculptures of the Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain" (Ashgate May 2015) examines the significance of the Cristo yacente sculptural type within the context of the theatrical elaborations of the Catholic Holy Week in Baroque Spain. The issues of pageantry, theater, and the connection between the creation of these images and the literature of the period are her focus. Dr. Colon Mendoza's current interests include exploring the issue of colored (polychrome) sculpture and its place in the art historical canon. She joined the University of Central Florida in 2010 and teaches Introduction to Art History I and II Honors, Visual Arts Administration, Women in Art, Mesoamerican Art, Mexican Art, Latin American Art, Baroque Art, and Theory and Criticism. Her special topics courses include Polychrome Sculpture Through the Ages, The Age of Velazquez, Caravaggio and his Times, and The Caribbean-ness of Caribbean Art. She is affiliate faculty in Graduate Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Art History from Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Sacred Art and Liturgical Practices
  • Polychrome and Hyperreal Sculpture
  • Caribbean and Latin American Peasant Images
  • Feminist and Latina Art

Recent Research Activities

Contract          Peer-reviewed Scholarly Book, co-editor with Margaret Ann Zaho,“ Spanish Royal Patronage 1412-1804: Portraits as Propaganda,”Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom.

Contract          Peer-reviewed Textbook, “The Online Companion to the History of Art from the Renaissance to the Present,” Kendall Hunt Publishers, IA.

2016        Peer-reviewed Journal Publication to Hispanic Research Journal, Volume 17, Issue 5, “The Jíbaro Masquerade: Luis Paret y Alcázar’s Self-Portrait of 1776.” 

2015     Peer-reviewed book "The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernandez: Polychrome Sculptures of the Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain." Ashgate/Routledge.

2014                Peer-reviewed Journal Publication SECAC Review: “Crystallizing the Cristo yacente Images: Mystical Thought and Seventeenth Century Spanish Devotional Sculpture”

2013                Peer-reviewed Essay in Conference Journal, 2nd International Meeting of Museums and Collections of Sculpture, Copy and Invention: Models, Replicas, Series and Quotes in European Sculpture, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid: “The Essence of the Original: Imitations of Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo yacente.”           

2013                Exhibition Catalogue, “Caribbean Expressions: Art, Life, and Culture,” September 5 -September 27th, UCF Art Gallery, University of Central Florida, Orlando FL.

2004                Peer-reviewed Journal Publication, Athanor Vol XXI: “Ramón Frade’s El Pan Nuestro: The Jíbaro as a Visual Construction of Puerto Rican National Identity”

Selected Publications

Books

  • Ilenia Colon Mendoza, The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernandez: Polychrome Sculptures of the Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain (Ashgate: 2015).

Articles/Essays

  • Ilenia Colon Mendoza, "The Jíbaro Masquerade: Luis Paret y Alcázar’s Self-Portrait of 1776." Hispanic Research Journal. Volume 17, issue 5 (2016); 455-467.

Awards

2015    Teaching Incentive Program Award

2014    31 Wonderful Women Who Have Been Instrumental in Shaping UCF’s Past, Present and Future by the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty

2013    College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

2013    Sony Teaching Award, School of Visual Arts and Design

2012    Honors Congress Faculty Excellence Award

Activities

2016       A Festschrift Symposium in Honor of Prof. Brian Curran, The Pennsylvania State University. "Pacheco's Art of Paintings: The Materials and Techniques of Spanish 17th Century Polychrome Sculpture."

2015         104th Annual CAA conference, Washington, D.C. (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair for ASHAHS session: “Polychrome Sculpture in Iberia and the Americas, 1200-1800”

2014                The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana October (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: “Sculpture and Sculptors in Spain, 1450-1660 II,” Commentator for Panel I with Dr. Helmstutler Di Dio and presented “The Art of Painting Polychrome Sculpture in Seventeenth Century Spain”

2014                70th Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Sarasota, FL, October 8-11 (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: “Approaches to the Study of Latino Art”

2014                45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Modena, Italy, June 26-29 (International Conference in Field) accepted but unable to present “The Art of Painting Polychrome Sculpture in Seventeenth Century Spain”

2013                The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October  24-27 (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: “Spanish Royal Patronage: Portraits as Propaganda”

2012                2nd International Meeting of Museums and Collections of Sculpture, Copy and Invention: Models, Replicas, Series and Quotes in European Sculpture, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid, February 14-16 (International Conference in Area of Study) in The Diffusion of the Devotional Image through the use of the Copy session: “The Essence of the Original: Imitations of Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo yacente

2012               68th Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Durham,NC, October 18-20 (National Conference in Field) in Baroque and Rococo Art session: “The Jíbaro Masquerade: Luis Paret y Alcázar’s Self-Portrait of 1776 Revisited”

2012               Athens Institute of Education and Research, 3rd Annual Conference in the Arts, Athens, Greece, June 4-7 (International Conference in Field): “Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo yacente of El Pardo: Iconography and Meaning in Seventeenth-Century Catholic Spain”

2011                67st Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah, GA, November 9-12 (National Conference in Field)  in Teaching Catholic Art session: “The Seventeenth-Century Spanish Art Survey: Catholic Art in Context.”

2011                The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, October 27-30 (National Conference in Field) in Art in Spain and New Spain session: "The Essence of the Original: Gregorio Fernández's Workshop and Followers"

2011                The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, October 27-30 (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: "Sacred Art in Italy: Religious Works in Context"

2011                42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Lisbon Portugal, June 28- July 3 (International Conference in Field) in Images and Discourses of Power session (Panel Chair and Presenter): “El Cristo yacente: Devotional Sculpture and Andachtsbild

2010                66st Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Virginia, October 20-23 (National Conference in Field) in “Picture Perfect.” Truth, falsity and the Polemics of Image Making and Image Breaking in the Early Modern World session: “The Art of Engaño and Desengaño in the Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernández”

2010                Bodies in Art Conference at The Center for Body, Mind and Culture, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fl, December 2-4 (International Conference on Special Topic): “The Hyper-real Body: The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernández”

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50327 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Web A - Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90843 ARH4350 Baroque Art Face2Face M,W 1:30PM - 2:45PM Unavailable
No Description Available
81356 ARH4871 Women in Art Rdce Time M 12:00PM - 1:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19228 ARH3670 20th Century Latin Amer Art Rdce Time M 10:00AM - 11:15AM Unavailable
No Description Available
11162 ARH3820 Visual Arts Admin Vitas Rdce Time W 10:00AM - 11:15AM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50320 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Web A - Unavailable
No Description Available

No courses found for Fall 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19035 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
11120 ARH3820 Visual Arts Admin Vitas Web - Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Oct 17, 2016