AIA Lecturer/Host: Virginia Miller
Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago
Virginia E. Miller is Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her scholarly interests focus on ancient Maya art and architecture of the northern Maya of Yucatan, particularly Chichen Itza. She is also currently writing about monuments and buildings in the neo-Maya style in the city of Merida, Yucatan, mostly dating from the 1920s-1950s. Professor Miller is fluent in Spanish and, in fact, earned a B.A. in French with a minor in Spanish from McGill University in Montreal, whereas her M.A. in Latin American Studies and her Ph.D. in Art History were awarded by the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Miller is the recipient of several major fellowships, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities, two Fulbright Fellowships to teach and conduct research in Guatemala and Mexico, and two residential fellowships at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. She wrote The Frieze of the Palace of the Stuccoes, Acanceh, Yucatan, Mexico, edited The Role of Gender in Precolumbian Art and Architecture, and is the author of numerous articles on Maya art and architecture. She has lectured widely on the Maya, including a season on the AIA’s national lecture circuit, and has led or lectured on several previous tours focused on the archaeology of Mexico.