Free Public Lecture Explores Ancient Texas Rock Art
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to welcome Dr. Carolyn Boyd, Shumla Endowed Research Professor and Research Associate Professor and Founder of Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center at Texas State University. Boyd will give an illustrated lecture titled Narrative and Myth in Lower Pecos Rock Art on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the SAMFA Meeting Room. There is no charge and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Drawing on twenty-five years of archaeological research, as well as insight from ethnohistory and art history, Carolyn Boyd identifies patterns in the rock art of the Lower Pecos region that relate, in stunning detail, to the mythologies of Uto-Aztecan speaking peoples, including the Aztec and the contemporary Huichol. Analysis of these patterns led to the identification of the White Shaman mural as an ancient visual narrative relating a story of the birth of the sun and the beginning of time.
Boyd is an artist and an archaeologist specializing in iconographic analysis. Her primary interest is the documentation and interpretation of Pecos River Style rock art in southwest Texas and Coahuila, Mexico. Her research examines the role of hunter-gatherer artists as active participants in the social, economic, and ideological fabric of the community and the function of art as communication and a mechanism for social and environmental adaptation. In 1998, Boyd founded a nonprofit corporation, Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center (www.shumla.org), to preserve through documentation and education the prehistoric art of the Lower Pecos. She continues to serve as a research advisor to Shumla and to work with the organization in their documentation efforts.
Dr. Boyd’s lecture is hosted by the SAMFA Collector’s Society, a group within the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ membership, that each year presents a series of discussions and talks on a broad range of issues. This year’s lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the FMH Foundation in Midland, which has allowed SAMFA to bring a variety of important speakers such as Dr. Boyd to our community. All are encouraged to attend. For more information please call the museum at 653-3333.