MemberLeonora Souza Paula

Leonora is an Assistant Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American Literature and Culture, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Crime Fiction, Urban Art, Social Movements and Graphic Novels. Her current research focuses on the role of under-represented knowledge production in changing the exclusionary terrain of contemporary Brazilian culture. Her work has been published in Brazil and the United States.


I am a visual artist. I have worked as a designer, maker, carpenter, truck driver, and busboy. My first job was mowing lawns in a cemetery. My work has been shown at the 54th Venice Biennale, Art Basel Miami, MASS MoCA, Collaborative projects include Columbus on Trial,Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, NY. Darkened Waters: Portrait of an Oil Spill, Oakland Museum and Smithsonian Museum. In the Beginning: Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art, UPenn Humanities Forum. Grants: The Puffin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Friends of Urban Art and Culture and The Marmite Prize, London UK. I also teach at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. My course: The Global Design Studio, Past, Present, Future is a graduate seminar that explores the history of design and its social, political and cultural impact on the world in which we live. Students analyze historical precedents and make projections regarding the responsibilities and challenges facing designers in the future.

MemberRyan Gurney

I am an art historian specializing in the visual culture of the Dutch Golden Age. My research focuses on urban identity and sociopolitical agency as expressed in paintings and prints produced after the Protestant Reformation. ​ My work interlaces visual analysis and political history with urban theory to trace how self-perceptions of our role and worth in urban communities influence our visual enagagement with the world.

MemberMatthew Averett

Matthew Knox Averett is Associate Professor of Art History at Creighton University.  His recent publications include “’Redditus Orbis Erat’: The Political Rhetoric of Bernini’s Fountains in Piazza Barberini” in the Sixteenth Century Journal (2014) and “The Annual Medals of Pope Urban VIII Barberini” in the American Journal of Numismatics (2013).  Dr. Averett edited and contributed to a collection of essays entitled The Early Modern Child in Art and History, which was published by Taylor & Francis in 2015.  Dr. Averett is currently completing work on a book on Bernini’s Triton Fountain and the artistic patronage of Pope Urban VIII.

TopicCFP for ALA New Orleans

CONFERENCE “Regionalism and Place in American Literature:” Sense of Place in American Modernist Poetry and Visual Art This panel explores the sense of place as part of the indigenous language of American artistic production of Modernism in the context of the European avant-garde. Though U.S. poets and artists were influenced by the formal techniques of […]