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New Faculty Member Joins Art and Art History Department

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    Patrick Hajovsky

Patrick Hajovsky fills new position in Latin American art history

The latest addition to the Art and Art History Department is already a familiar face on campus.

Patrick Hajovsky was a visiting assistant professor at Southwestern in 2007-08. He is returning to campus this fall as a tenure-track assistant professor of art history.  

Hajovsky holds a new position in Latin American art history that Southwestern was able to fund initially with a $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Hajovsky specializes in pre-Columbian and colonial-period art of Latin America. This fall, he will be teaching a class on ritual landscapes in Meso- and South America, and another focusing on audience and spectatorship in colonial Spanish America.

The addition of Hajovsky gives the Art and Art History Department four full-time tenure-track faculty members in art history, as well as a full-time image librarian.

“Having four full-time faculty members will make it possible for the department to rely almost exclusively on full-time faculty rather than part-time faculty, so we will do a much better job of following students through their four years, and into graduate schools,” said Thomas Howe, chair of Art History.

Howe noted that while the curriculum in the department covers a substantial amount of the “core” of Western art, it is also able to offer curriculum in a wide range of non-Western areas such as east Asian art, pre-Columbian art and, post-Conquest Latin American art.

“These both represent areas where substantial professional opportunities and competition exist in international careers for this coming generation,” Howe said.

Hajovsky received his undergraduate degree in anthropology/drawing from the University of North Texas and his M.A. and Ph.D in art history from the University of Chicago.

Hajovsky said he is looking forward to “settling down, seeing some projects to completion, and making friends” upon his return to Southwestern this fall.