Biography

La Dra. Ilenia Colón Mendoza recibió su bachillerato en Historia del Arte y Arqueología de la Universidad de Evansville en Indiana y su maestría y doctorado son de la Universidad de Pennsylvania State. La Dra. Colón Mendoza enfoca sus estudios en el arte Español del siglo 17. Además de la artes visuales del Barroco, estudia el arte Caribeño, de Latino America y el arte y arquitectura Romana. Si usted tiene preguntas sobre la Escuela de Artes Visuales y de Diseño de la Universidad de Florida Central puede comunicarse conmigo por correo electrónico. Dr. Ilenia Colón Mendoza received a B.A. with a double major 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. Colón 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/Routledge, 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. Her second book co-edited with Dr. Margaret Zaho is entitled Spanish Royal Patronage 1412-1804: Portraits as Propaganda (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, January 2018). Dr. Colón Mendoza’s current book project include exploring the issue of colored (polychrome) sculpture and its place in the art historical canon. Before she joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida she taught at the University of Puerto Rico (Carolina), at the Herron School of Art, Indiana University-Purdue University, and at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been supported by the New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Exploration Traveling Fellowship Grant (Indiana University in Bloomington), the Program of Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She teaches Introduction to Art History II, Visual Arts Administration, Women in Art, Mesoamerican Art, Latin American Art, Baroque Art, and Theory and Criticism. She is affiliate faculty in Graduate Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Colón has lectured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Valladolid, Spain while also serving as consultant to curatorial projects on polychrome sculpture at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the National Gallery in London. She organizes the Annual SVAD Art History Symposium and serves as faculty advisor for the Art History Club. Additionally she is the founding mentor for the Iota chapter of the Kappa Pi International Art Society at UCF.