Andrew Finegold


PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, University of Houston


208-B Henry Hall

Andrew Finegold is an art historian specializing in the visual culture of the ancient Americas. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in 2012, completing a dissertation on the brief and anomalous appearance of narrative battle imagery in Epiclassic Mesoamerica. Before joining the faculty at UIC, he held Visiting Assistant Professorships at Skidmore College and Wake Forest University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. His current book project examines the real and symbolic values ascribed to holes, cavities, and voids across a variety of media in Mesoamerica. He is also working on an article investigating the ways the imagery on some Mimbres bowls appears to relate to their material properties and to the changing contexts for which they were made. He is co-editor, with Ellen Hoobler, of the volume Visual Culture of the Ancient Americas: Contemporary Perspectives, forthcoming from University of Oklahoma Press, to which he contributed an essay titled “Atlatls and the Metaphysics of Violence in Central Mexico”.

Courses Taught

AH 273 – Pre-Columbian Art of South America
AH 274- Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica
AH 511 – Toward New Histories of the Visual Arts, 1960 to the Present
AH 562 – Issues in the Art of the Americas