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Trustees step up as campaign leaders ...and other campaign news
Donors cited for history-making impact Thanks and thoughts for Friends of the Presidents
Hall of Fame inducts new honorees Parents, a professor, and student athletes feted
Art and power Heather Hurst '97 brings Maya murals to Tang Museum
Club connection Seattle bakery tour

 

Art and power



Ancient Maya
murals depict wars, myths, rulers, cultural practices—and archaeological artist Heather Hurst ’97 has been reconstructing and preserving them. Winner of a 2004 MacArthur “genius” grant, Hurst visited Skidmore’s Tang Museum this fall to discuss “Maya Murals: The Art of Power” with fellow panelists Sue Bender, a Skidmore ar­chaeologist who was one of her faculty mentors, and Stephen Houston, a Brown University expert in Maya iconography and glyphs. The panel, part of the Dunkerley Dialogue series, was held in conjunction with the Tang’s exhibit of Hurst’s mural re­constructions from sites in Bonampak, Mexico, and San Bartolo, Guate­mala. Hurst is currently a doctoral candidate at Yale University. —SR