Ilenia Colón Mendoza

Ilenia Colón Mendoza, Ph.D.

Dr. Ilenia Colon 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. Colon 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 (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. Colon 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 (Honors), 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. Colon 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.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Art History from Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Sacred Art and Liturgical Practices
  • Polychrome and Hyperreal Sculpture
  • Caribbean and Latin American Peasant Images
  • Feminist and Latina Art

Recent Research Activities

Press Peer-reviewed Essay in Scholarly Book, “Contemporary Latino Artists and the Media: Constructions of Identity through the lens of Performance and Installation,” in Hispanic/Latino Media in the U.S. edited by Katie Coronado and Erica Kight, Routledge of Taylor & Francis Group, England.

Contract Peer-reviewed Textbook, “The Online Companion to the History of Art from the Renaissance to the Present,” Kendall Hunt Publishers, IA.

2018 Peer-reviewed Scholarly Book, co-editor with Margaret Ann Zaho,“ Spanish Royal Patronage 1412-1804: Portraits as Propaganda,”Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom.

2016 Peer-reviewed Journal Publication to Hispanic Research Journal, Volume 17, Issue 5, “The Jíbaro Masquerade: Luis Paret y Alcázar’s Self-Portrait of 1776.” 

2015 Peer-reviewed book "The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernandez: Polychrome Sculptures of the Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain." Ashgate/Routledge.

2014 Peer-reviewed Journal Publication SECAC Review: “Crystallizing the Cristo yacente Images: Mystical Thought and Seventeenth Century Spanish Devotional Sculpture”

2013 Peer-reviewed Essay in Conference Journal, 2nd International Meeting of Museums and Collections of Sculpture, Copy and Invention: Models, Replicas, Series and Quotes in European Sculpture, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid: “The Essence of the Original: Imitations of Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo yacente.”           

2013 Exhibition Catalogue, “Caribbean Expressions: Art, Life, and Culture,” September 5 -September 27th, UCF Art Gallery, University of Central Florida, Orlando FL.

2004 Peer-reviewed Journal Publication, Athanor Vol XXI: “Ramón Frade’s El Pan Nuestro: The Jíbaro as a Visual Construction of Puerto Rican National Identity”

Selected Publications

Books

  • Edited with Margaret Ann Zaho. Spanish Royal Patronage 1412-1804: Portraits as Propaganda. New Castle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
  • Ilenia Colon Mendoza, The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernandez: Polychrome Sculptures of the Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain. London, England: Routledge, 2015.

Articles/Essays

  • Ilenia Colon Mendoza, "The Jíbaro Masquerade: Luis Paret y Alcázar’s Self-Portrait of 1776." Hispanic Research Journal. Volume 17, issue 5 (2016): 455-467.

Awards

2018    College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

2017    Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow

2016    Nominated for El Josco Award in Education

2016    Leadership Empowerment Program

2015    Teaching Incentive Program Award

2015    Center for Success of Women Faculty Fellow

2015    Provost Academic Leadership Academy (formerly: Leadership Development Program)

2014    31 Wonderful Women Who Have Been Instrumental in Shaping UCF’s Past, Present and Future

2013    College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

2013    Sony Teaching Award, School of Visual Arts and Design

2012    Honors Congress Faculty Excellence Award

2011    OUR Student Research Grant

2011    Burnett College Student-Mentor Academic Research Team (SMART) Grant

2010    In-House Research Grant, College of Arts and Humanities

Routledge book nominated for: 16th Century Society and Conference Roland Bainton Prize, Southeastern College Art Conference Book Award, Best First Book Award: Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, and the Eleanor Tufts Book Award.

Activities

2018 Renaissance Society of America, March 22-24, 2018, New Orleans (International Conference), Sculpture in Spain, chaired by Ilenia Colón Mendoza and Kelly Helmstutler Di Dio.

2018 New College Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies to be held March 8-10, 2018 Sarasota, Florida (International Conference), Polychromy in the Early Modern World: 1200-1700, chaired by Ilenia Colón Mendoza and Lisandra Estevez. 

Accepted  HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, November 2-4, 2017, University of Central Florida (National Conference): “Virtual Exhibitions.

Accepted  SACRIMA on The Normativity of Sacred Images in Early Modern Europe, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich on 2-3 November 2017 (International Conference): “Hyperreality as Visual Norm: The Conceptualization of the Sacred Image of the Cristo yacente in Early Modern Spain.” (Stipend to cover all travel provided)

2017 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference, Feb. 15-17, St. Petersburg,Florida (Regional Conference), Theme for 2017 “Teaching in the 21st Century,” “Diversity and Motivation: The Visual Arts Administration Course.”

2016 A Festschrift Symposium in Honor of Prof. Brian Curran, The Pennsylvania State University. "Pacheco's Art of Paintings: The Materials and Techniques of Spanish 17th Century Polychrome Sculpture."

2015 104th Annual CAA conference, Washington, D.C. (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair for ASHAHS session: “Polychrome Sculpture in Iberia and the Americas, 1200-1800.”

2014 The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana October (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: “Sculpture and Sculptors in Spain, 1450-1660 II,” Commentator for Panel I with Dr. Helmstutler Di Dio and presented “The Art of Painting Polychrome Sculpture in Seventeenth Century Spain.”

2014 70th Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Sarasota, FL, October 8-11 (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: “Approaches to the Study of Latino Art.”

2014 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Modena, Italy, June 26-29 (International Conference in Field) accepted but unable to present “The Art of Painting Polychrome Sculpture in Seventeenth Century Spain.”

2013 The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October  24-27 (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: “Spanish Royal Patronage: Portraits as Propaganda.”

2012 2nd International Meeting of Museums and Collections of Sculpture, Copy and Invention: Models, Replicas, Series and Quotes in European Sculpture, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid, February 14-16 (International Conference in Area of Study) in The Diffusion of the Devotional Image through the use of the Copy session: “The Essence of the Original: Imitations of Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo yacente.

2012 68th Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Durham,NC, October 18-20 (National Conference in Field) in Baroque and Rococo Art session: “The Jíbaro Masquerade: Luis Paret y Alcázar’s Self-Portrait of 1776 Revisited”

2012 Athens Institute of Education and Research, 3rd Annual Conference in the Arts, Athens, Greece, June 4-7 (International Conference in Field): “Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo yacente of El Pardo: Iconography and Meaning in Seventeenth-Century Catholic Spain.”

2011 67st Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah, GA, November 9-12 (National Conference in Field)  in Teaching Catholic Art session: “The Seventeenth-Century Spanish Art Survey: Catholic Art in Context.”

2011 The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, October 27-30 (National Conference in Field) in Art in Spain and New Spain session: "The Essence of the Original: Gregorio Fernández's Workshop and Followers."

2011 The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, October 27-30 (National Conference in Field) Panel Chair: "Sacred Art in Italy: Religious Works in Context"

2011 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Lisbon Portugal, June 28- July 3 (International Conference in Field) in Images and Discourses of Power session (Panel Chair and Presenter): “El Cristo yacente: Devotional Sculpture and Andachtsbild.

2010 66st Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Virginia, October 20-23 (National Conference in Field) in “Picture Perfect.” Truth, falsity and the Polemics of Image Making and Image Breaking in the Early Modern World session: “The Art of Engaño and Desengaño in the Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernández.”

2010 Bodies in Art Conference at The Center for Body, Mind and Culture, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fl, December 2-4 (International Conference on Special Topic): “The Hyper-real Body: The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernández.”

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11063 ARH3820 Visual Arts Admin Vitas Rdce Time W 12:00PM - 1:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
19892 ARH4350 Baroque Art Face2Face Tu,Th 9:00AM - 10:15AM Unavailable
No Description Available
19893 ARH4653 Meso American Art Rdce Time W 9:00AM - 10:15AM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81718 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
81559 ARH4800 Thry Critic of the Vis Arts Rdce Time Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
No Description Available
91382 ARH4871 Women in Art Face2Face M,W 12:00PM - 1:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50271 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Web A - Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19035 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
11120 ARH3820 Visual Arts Admin Vitas Web - Unavailable
No Description Available

No courses found for Fall 2017.

Updated: May 2, 2018