Linnea Wren


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Professor Emerita in Art and Art History

For over thirty years, I have been studying Maya art, architecture and hieroglyphs. My fascination with the pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica started when I was a high school student. By chance, a book by a 16th century missionary to Mexico fell into my hands. The account described the religion, customs and ceremonies of the Aztec people as well as the Spanish conquest of Mexico. I was so intrigued that I was soon reading about other peoples of Mesoamerica, including the Maya. I was lucky enough to go to a university that encouraged me, and I was soon studying Maya archaeology, art and hieroglyphs. This study was given added interest by additional studies about modern Maya peoples.

Since my student years, I have been involved in many areas of pre-Columbian study. I have worked in museums in Mexico and have designed exhibitions about pre-Conquest cultures. I have worked at archaeological sites in Yucatan, Quintana Roo and the Peten and have made documentary drawings of Maya sculpture. Today, I continue to study the ancient Maya. At the same time, I am currently researching the 19th century peasant revolt in Mexico that resulted in an independent Maya state that was part of a global economy at the same time that it was resisting Mexican nationalism and indigenous repression.

As a college professor, I enjoy the opportunities to combine my teaching and research. I also enjoy the ways that I can encourage student research and engagement. My senior seminar has commissioned original art works from regional artists for Christ Chapel. Students have curated independent exhibitions dealing with many subjects, including the impact of AIDS in the US and in Africa. Students have designed original posters on issues that are important in our local communities and in our nation. Students have presented at conferences, published and had their own impact both in the college and in the outside world.

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-101 Art History I 33 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
ART-102 Art History II 20 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 1999/SP
ART-265 Maya and Mexican Art 13 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
ART-392 Art History: Theory and Methods 13 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
ART-239 Chris/Islam/Jewish Art 7 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
ART-268 Career Exploration 3 2014/JN, 2012/JN, and 2001/JN
ART-225 Temples, Tombs, and Texts 2 2006/JN and 2005/JN
ART-250 Gender and Art 1 2006/FA
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 1 2005/FA
ART-350 Gender and Art 1 2004/SP
ART-104 Images of Spirituality 1 2001/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.