Scholars wishing to access the New World Department collections and/or library holdings must contact the Mayer Center well in advance of a visit. If approval for study is granted, the collection / library will be made available as the staff of the DAM's schedule permits.
MAYER CENTER RESIDENT FELLOWSHIP
The Mayer Center Fellow Program of the New World Department at the Denver Art Museum is designed to support scholarly research related to the museum’s collections of Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art and to provide curatorial experience to art historians. The fellow works half-time with the New World department on research projects related to the permanent collection. Specific projects will be developed in collaboration with the curator of Pre-Columbian or Spanish Colonial Art. At the end of the research period, the fellow is expected to give a public Mayer Center Fellow Lecture on his or her research on the collection. For information on the fellowship program please email or phone the Mayer Center.
- The 2015-2016 Mayer Center fellow is Lucia Henderson, Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. While at the DAM Lucia is working with the Denver Art Museum Maya collection. Her dissertation is titled, "Bodies Politic, Bodies in Stone: Imagery of the Human and the Divine in the Sculpture of the Late PreClassic Kaminalijuyu, Guatemala."
- The 2012-2014 Mayer Center fellow was Carrie Dennett, Ph.D. candidate in the Archaeology Department at the University of Calgary. While at the DAM Carrie researched the Pre-Columbian collection, in particular the Mayer collection of Costa Rican art. Her dissertation is titled, "Ceramic Economy & Social Identity in Pre-Columbian Pacific Nicaragua."
- The 2007-2012 Mayer Center fellow was Michael Brown, Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. While at the DAM Michael researched the Spanish Colonial collection, in particular the Stapleton Collection of Latin American Art made possible by the Renchard Family. His dissertation is titled, "Image and Empire: Portraiture and Politics in New Spain, 1600-1800." Michael earned his Ph.D. in 2011. His dissertation is titled, Portraiture in New Spain, 1600-1800: Painters, Patrons & Politics in Viceregal Mexico.
- The 2004-2006 Mayer Center fellow was Laura Brannen, Ph.D. candidate at Emory University. While at the DAM Laura worked on a catalog of the Mayer Costa Rican collection (forthcoming). Her dissertation is titled, "Latin American Nationalist Narratives in Transition: Museums of Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica."
The Mayer Scholarship, established in honor of Frederick and Jan Mayer, is sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a support group of the New World Department, and awarded to a doctoral student in early June of odd numbered years for study at the Denver Art Museum the following academic year. It consists of travel expenses, lodging, and a $1,000 stipend, with two weeks of access to the museum's New World collection.
left, top: Mask. About AD 1-700. Teotihuacán, Mexico. Serpentine. Gift of the Exeter Drilling Company; 1976.58.
left, middle: (detail) Figure pendant. AD 400-900. Colombia or Panama. Gold alloy. Gift of Frederick & Jan Mayer; 1995.848.
left, bottom: (detail) Figurine. AD 600-900. Maya, Campeche coast, Mexico. Earthenware with pigments. Gift of Gisele Charat in honor of Dr. Bach; 1973.184.
right, top: (detail) St. Catherine of Alexandria, Diego de Borgraf. 1656. Puebla, Mexico. Oil on canvas. Collection of Frederick & Jan Mayer; 123.1982.
right, middle: (detail) Casta Painting: De Castizo y India produce Coyote. About 1760. Mexico. Oil on canvas. Collection of Frederick & Jan Mayer; 305.2001.
right, bottom: (detail) Madonna and Child, Pedro de Vargas. 16th c. Peru. Oil on copper. Gift of Robert J. Stroessner; 1991.1194.