Aegis is the association of fine arts graduate students at the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville.

Our goal is to foster professional growth in academic excellence within a community of artists, curators, and art historians. We adopted Aegis as our name for its connotations of support, endorsement and guidance. It is our hope that through our activities, including a biennial symposium and journal publication, we might encourage the exchange of new ideas and cultivate academic freedom.

2013 Aegis' 3rd Biennial Symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibit "Taking the 's' Out of Craft" at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.  The exhibit will run at KMAC from February 15 - March 24.

Keynote Speaker Lydia Matthews

Symposium Details:

A continental breakfast will be served at KMAC at 9:30am

Session I:


Traversing Boundaries: Cultural Philanthropy and the Craft of Mary Seton Watts, presented by Katie Tuft, PhD Student, University of Washington

Traditional and Modern Bilum in Papua New Guinea: A Shift from Bodily Extension to Cultural Bridge, presented by Justina Yee, MA Student, Indiana University, Bloomington

Why Clay: Material as Experience, presented by Elizabeth Di Donna, MFA Student, Florida State University


12:30 - 2:00pm

For attendees who pre-ordered a meal, boxed lunches including a sandwich, pickle, potato chips, and a drink will be served.

Session II:


Wallace Mitchell and the Challenge of Craft, presented by Chad Alligood, PhD Student, Art History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Haptic Rainbow: Installing Craft in the Work of Gabriel Dawe, Zoe Samels, MA Student, Art History, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

More is Less: The Domestic Sublime in Liza Lou's Kitchen, presented by Sara Christensen Blair, PhD Candidate, Institute of Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts

Lecture and Reception:


Lydia Matthews, Professor of Visual Culture and Director of Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, will present the keynote address: Craft Matters: Exchanging Knowledge in the Wake of Globalization.

A reception and opening of the exhibit Taking the 's' Out of Craft will follow the lecture at 6:00pm and run until 8:00pm.

Registration: The event is free but pre-registration is required, via Eventbrite (  People can attend without pre-registering but the cost is $6 (free to KMAC members and UofL students with id).  Boxed lunches can also be purchased on the website. Pre-registration closes on Tuesday, February 19.

Parking and Transportation: There are several parking lots close to KMAC.  The Science Center lot is behind the museum, on River Road and 8th Street ($5).  Others can be found at Main and 8th ($8.75), Main and 6th ($8.75) and Market and 8th by Glassworks ($3).  A parking map can be found here:

For those wishing to take TARC, several buses stop close to KMAC.  For routes and schedules, please visit:

Aegis 2nd biennial symposium on art history and visual culture:
"Imaging Desire"

Aegis, the Graduate Student Association of the Hite Art Institute at UofL hosted a day-long symposium on Saturday, February 14, entitled "Imaging Desire." 

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"Imaging Desire" Opening Reception at Schneider Hall.

The symposium began with a continental breakfast at 9:30 am in the Chao Auditorium at Ekstrom Library on the Belknap Campus. Graduate students from around the country delivered papers on our theme. There were three morning sessions, one on imagery from Pompeii, one on erotic lithography from Paris, and one on the work of Frank Moriarty. Lunch took place in the atrium of Lutz Hall, after which Dr. Maria Elena Buszek, from the Kansas City Art Institute, delivered the keynote address, Feminist Art, Pop Culture, and the Potential of Desire" Two more papers followed the keynote, one dealing with the art of Lygia Pape and one on Italian erotic imagery. The symposium concluded with the opening reception for the graduate student art exhibition "Imaging Desire" in Gallery X at Schneider Hall.


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Opening Reception: Imaging Desire