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Sheila Scoville

Published August 18, 2020


Research Area: Visual Cultures of the Americas; Ancient, Colonial, and Contemporary Mexico
Advisors: Dr. Michael Carrasco and Dr. Paul Niell
Sheila Scoville is a doctoral student and a Patricia Rose Fellow in the art history department at Florida State University. She studies the Indigenous sources of Latin American culture in the United States and abroad, focusing on the representation of Mesoamerican ecological knowledge. Sheila holds an MA in Art History from the University of Houston and a BA in English from Rollins College. During her tenure at the University of Houston, she was the assistant art editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.

Sheila’s publications include her master’s thesis, a study of the tortilla in Spanish colonial and Chicanx art, and the articles “Tortilleras in space and time: A Mesoamerican staple in colonial and contemporary art” and “Nahua cyborgs: The contemporary codices of Rurru Mipanochia.” She is a 2022 Plant Humanities Summer Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, and the graduate recipient of the 2022 I. N. Winbury Essay Award; the 2021 Emerging Scholars in Object-Based Learning Award from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Adelaide D. Wilson Graduate Fellowship Endowment Fund; and a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship to enter the University of Utah’s summer Nahuatl Language and Culture Program in 2021. She has presented at conferences and symposia hosted by the Association for the Study of Food and Society; Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; Midwest Art History Society; University of California, Santa Barbara; Florida State University; and the Materializing Race initiative.