Clark, Travis Lee
Title:
Lecturer - Art History
Office:
GT 403
Phone:
ext. 5930
Mail Code:
168
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Travis Lee Clark received his BA in Art History from BYU in 1994 and his Masters and PhD in Art History from Temple University in 2008.  While at Temple he specialized in Medieval Art of the Eastern Mediterranean including the exchange between Islamic and Byzantine Art.

His dissertation was on the 6th C. manuscript, The Christian Topography by Cosmas Indicopleustes, the only uniquely Christian cosmology or the entire Middle Ages, in which Cosmas rejected the Ptlomeaic system as pagan and non-Christian.  The dissertation demonstrated that while Cosmas was not valued for his scientific theories, he pioneered the use of argument by scientific illustration, defending the use of images as valuable tools by which to gain spiritual and scientific insights.  This explains the many beautiful editions of The Christian Topography which were produced in the 9th C. in the wake of the Iconoclasm controversy when such ideas about the value of images were newly welcomed. 

Since that time, Dr. Clark has specialized in Non-Western Visual Culture.  Prior to UVU he taught as a visiting professor at BYU and as an assistant professor at Sul Ross State University where he taught Latin American and Contemporary Art.  

He has presented on the survival of pre-Columbian imagery in 16th C. colonial Mexico at the Southwest Mesoamerican Conference in San Antonio in prepartion of a forthcoming work, "Survival or Revival: The Mexica Revival in 16th C. Mexico"

He has also presented on the use of occult imagery in contemporary performance art at the UVU biannual Art History Symposium.

Dr. Clark has been awarded the Temple Rome Fellowship, The Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship, and a fellowship with the American Research Council in Egypt.