National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Teri Sowell

Affiliation: San Diego State University; University of California, San Diego

Teri L. Sowell, Ph.D. , teaches courses in Pacific Island, African and Native North American Art History at San Diego State University. Specializing in the Arts of Polynesia, Dr. Sowell has traveled extensively throughout the Pacific conducting fieldwork and examining museum collections. In 2000 she curated the award wining exhibit “Worn With Pride: Celebrating Samoan Artistic Heritage” at the Oceanside Museum of Art and wrote the accompanying catalogue. As a curator at the Brooklyn Museum (1993-95), she reinstalled the Pacific galleries and initiated a docent program of the Pacific Collection. Teri was also a Curatorial Associate at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1990) during the Pacific Gallery reinstallation. In addition to numerous publications, she frequently presents professional papers at national and international conferences, including College Art Association, Pacific Arts Association, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, and the European Society for Oceanists. In addition to teaching at SDSU, she has taught courses at the University of California San Diego, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Indiana University. Dr. Sowell received her Ph.D. (1999) and M.A. (1992) at Indiana University, and a B.A. at UCSD (1988).

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