Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank


About Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank

Dr. Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank is the Contributing Editor for Latin American Colonial and Native American/First Nations art. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California Los Angeles. In 2013, she received a Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she was an Assistant Professor of Art History until 2015. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Pepperdine University.





After Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492, items from the Americas were shipped to Europe where they were perceived as exotic items of wonder and fascination.

The Medici collect the Americas



After Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492, items from the Americas were shipped to Europe where they were perceived as exotic items of wonder and fascination.

The Medici collect the Americas


After Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492, items from the Americas were shipped to Europe where they were perceived as exotic items of wonder and fascination.

The Medici collect the Americas



De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.

Picturing America









Edward S. Curtis, A man wearing a ceremonial mask of the Nunivak style, c. 1929, photograph (Edward S. Curtis Collection, Library of Congress)
The Yup’ik peoples, in one of the world’s coldest climates, made these ceremonial masks during the long winters.

Wearing a force of nature





Juana Basilia Sitmelelene , coin basket, c. 1815-1822, Sumac, juncus textilis, mud dye, 9 x 48 cm (The National Museum of the American Indian)
The artist used Spanish coins as models for the coats of arms woven into this basket in California, then New Spain.

When California was Spanish




Stretching from Europe to the Philippines, the Spanish Empire amassed great wealth—and spent lavishly on art.

The Renaissance in Spain