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Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs Co-sponsored Skidmore Faculty Residency

San Bartolo Mural, North Wall Detail, Heathe Hurst

The Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs have partnered to co-sponsor a new full-time, semesterlong Skidmore faculty residency. The purpose of this innovative new residency is to offer a Skidmore faculty member the opportunity to present and share their research and/or creative project through a series of public events with students, faculty, and the community. Through this innovative new residency, a Skidmore faculty member has the opportunity to propose residency programming that best relates to their research and/or creative projects, and explores new possibilities for connectivity and collaboration with students, faculty, and the community.


Skidmore Faculty Scholar-in-Residence

Heather Hurst

Heather Hurst, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, is the first Skidmore faculty scholar-in-residence, supported by the Office of the Dean of Special Programs, the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning, the Tang Museum, and the Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs office for spring 2018.

Hurst has spent the last 15 years working at the site of San Bartolo, Guatemala, investigating and illustrating the fragile wall paintings that are one of the single most important ancient Maya artifacts ever discovered. Her residency, entitled "Maya Murals of San Bartolo," will utilize print, visual, digital, and archival materials to engage our community in discussions about cultural heritage preservation, artists and political authority, origin mythology, bodies, and artistic expression. A series of events will bring various scholars and artists to campus throughout the semester as Hurst illustrates a new corpus of the epic creation story ancient artists expertly rendered 2,000 years ago. This work will culminate in an exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum, April 17–28, featuring a life-size reconstruction of the mural chamber. The result of Hurst’s faculty residency will be an exhibition opening in June 2018 at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City, which will be the permanent home of the San Bartolo mural corpus. 

Hurst’s interdisciplinary work facilitates dialogue between archaeologists, materials scientists, conservators, and art historians, and at the same time disseminates images that engage both academics and the public in the study of Maya culture. Her work has been published in National Geographic, Science, Antiquity, and the New York Times, and exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Hurst was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004 and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow.