Art of the Spanish Americas

Laura Vargas Murcia, Post-Doctoral Marilynn Thoma Fellow

In 2021, Dr. Laura Vargas Murcia, independent scholar of Colombian art history, was awarded a two-year Marilynn Thoma Postdoctoral Fellowship in the amount of $120,000 to complete a book manuscript on the cajones(portable altarpieces) of Colombia and Ecuador.  Vargas Murcia’s work will combine extensive archival and collections-based research with scientific analysis to produce a catalogue of extant cajones that will be available in both English and Spanish.