Cynthia Canejo, PhD

Associate Professor of Art History
212 Owen Hall, CPO 1840
828.251.6874

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 8:40 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Tue: 

    • 4:55 - 5:30 p.m.
    • 8:40 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 8:40 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 4:55 - 5:30 p.m.
    • 8:40 - 9:15 p.m.

Dr. Canejo joined UNC Asheville in 2006 after working professionally in film and animation in California. Turning to investigate issues in art history, she has been dividing her time between research on art in Latin America (specializing in Brazil and Mexico) and Medieval architecture (centering on Cistercian construction and focusing on the southern Paris Basin). While Cynthia has published articles on various subjects—from builders in the Yonne Valley to the emergence of Tropicália/Tropicalismo in Brazil—her other interests include: the intersection of animation/cartoons, comix/graphic novels, and film; issues related to inclusion; and interdisciplinary contact, appropriation, and adaptation. She has received numerous research grants and fellowships for studies which have, for example, emphasized the innovative aspects of builders of small Early Gothic churches or drawn attention to the inspired works of contemporary artists in Brazil. 

Education

  • PhD, Medieval Architecture
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA, Latin American Art
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA, Film Production and Animation
    San Francisco State University
  • BFA, Printmaking and Painting
    University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 201 Introduction to Art History I
  • ARTH 301 History of Architecture
  • ARTH 302 Internship in Art History
  • ARTH 306 From Animation and Graphic Novels to Cartoons and Comix
  • ARTH 320 Medieval Art
  • ARTH 374 Contemporary Art in Latin America
  • ARTH 381 Art in Latin America
  • ARTH 410 Modern Art of Mexico and Brazil
  • ARTH 460 Issues in Art History
  • ARTH 484 Senior Research Seminar I
  • ARTH 485 Senior Research Seminar II

Website (examples from ARTH classes above

Recent Publications (2007-present)

  • "Chicano Art and Beyond: John Valadez and the Effects of Montage," Delaware Review of Latin American Studies 17.3 (2016): 1-14, http://udspace.udel.edu/handle/19716/20794.
  • Practical Demands and Experimentation: Fabricating the Gothic Hemicycle Arch,Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture, Vol. 5, No. 4, Autumn 2016.
  • "Mário Pedrosa,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Latin America section, 2016. www.rem.routledge.com.
  • "Brecheret, Victor (1894–1955)" article in Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.  May 09, 2016. Abstract: DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM775-1.
  • “Arthur Timótheo da Costa,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklyn W. Knight. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “João Cândido da Silva,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklyn W. Knight. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Octávio Ferreira de Araújo,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklyn W. Knight. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Rubem Valentim,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklyn W. Knight. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Vitalino Pereira dos Santos,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklyn W. Knight. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • "The Yonne Valley Builder: An Identifiable Master Introducing a Unique Blend of Cistercian and Non-Cistercian Northern Burgundian Design to the Oise," Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture, Volume III, Issue 3, Summer (2012): 19-65.
  • "Questioning Issues of Importance to Afro-Brazilian Art and Culture." Review of Roger Sansi. Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian Art and Culture in the Twentieth Century. Remapping Cultural History Series. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007 (review for the H-LatAm, Discussion Network on Latin America, H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2010).
  • "Division and Integration: The Oeuvre of Dan Millspaugh,” catalogue text on the work of UNCA Professor Dan Millspaugh for his retrospective exhibition in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall (January 2009).
  • "Gestos Efêmeros e obras tangíveis: A trajectória de Antonio Manuel” (“Antonio Manuel: Ephemeral Gestures and Tangible Works”), Novos Estudos, no. 76 (November 2006): 265-274.
  • “Evidence of an Innovative Master Builder in Northern Burgundy: The Early Gothic Construction of the Parish Churches at Gurgy and Beines,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians [JSAH] (September 2005): 281-291.
  • “The Resurgence of Anthropophagy: Tropicália, Tropicalismo, and Hélio Oiticica,” Third Text, Vol. 18, Issue 1 (2004): 61-68.