• ISLAA funding recipient Marina Barsy-Janer

    ISLAA funding recipient Marina Barsy-Janer

  • ISLAA funding recipient Stefanie Kogler

    ISLAA funding recipient Stefanie Kogler

ISLAA funding awarded

Posted: 19 March 2014 by ESCALA in News  

In 2013, ISLAA awarded a $60,000 grant to the School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH) and the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) at the University of Essexto support the study of and research into Latin American art. The grant from ISLAA further enhances the University of Essex’s longstanding world-class reputation for the study of Latin American art. Students researching and studying Latin American art will benefit through funding to support their studies, research trips, and for visiting scholars. The funding will also allow the expansion of the public lecture programme and other events centred on Latin American art.

Essex is the first UK university to receive support from ISLAA, which already works in partnership with the Department of Art History at Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS), in the Department of Art History at the University of Texas, Austin.

About the recipients

Marina Barsy Janer
Marina Barsy Janer began her PhD in 2013.My research explores embodied art performances from Latin America that propose alternative spaces of experiences oriented to challenge the existing order of quotidian encounters by questioning the positioning of the public. Focusing on performers such as the Puerto Rican artist Freddie Mercado and the Mexican-Chicano artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña, I will investigate how performance art has been used to question the marginal, the stereotypical and the minorities through their proposal of/with the public.
Marina had previously completed an MA in Curating Latin American Art in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex, for which she curated a performative symposium developed in collaboration with ESCALA that was singled out by the external examiner for its quality.

Stefanie Kogler
Stefanie began her PhD in 2012.
My research re-examines the shifting modes of representing Latin American and Latino art in museums and institutions in the USA. Throughout the 20th century, art from Latin America and Latino art accumulated a rich history of exhibitions, publications, and the acquisition of artworks to museum collections. These strategies aimed to increase the awareness of artists and artworks from the Latino community, while also bringing art from Latin America closer to USA audiences.
Since the 1980s, a marked increase in exhibitions, publications, and academic discussions regarding Latin American and Latino art ensued in which the perceptions and approaches toward this field began to be contested and re-visited. The latest efforts include that of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Aside from staging exhibitions and producing publications, the MFAH also launched an online archive which holds digitized archival material of Latin American and Latino art. This effort marks a shift in approach in that it seeks to re-establish the contributing role of Latin American and Latino art within traditional Western art history using the archive as a tool to do so.


  • Geo Global Foundation


    The Geo Global Foundation (GGF) is a US based nonprofit organization that works to support, foster and promote educational projects and initiatives focused on developing and enhancing human capital and culture. To accomplish these goals GGF has embarked on two educational initiatives: the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness (IGOE) and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA).  The mission and activities of each project are independent and they both share the purposes of advancing and supporting educational efforts with a focus on Latin America.

  • Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA)


    The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is an educational initiative of the Geo Global Foundation devoted to the support of advanced research in the field of Latin American Art Studies. ISLAA plays a relevant role in promoting Latin American art through its distinguished grants and support of lectures, conferences and publications. ISLAA facilitates grants to partnering universities and institutions which in turn award them to selected scholars, professionals and specific projects.

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