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Mariela Espinoza-León

MA, 2020: Colonial Latin American Art


Mariela Espinoza-León received her M.A. from UIC with a focus on Colonial Latin American art and particular interest in the formation of identity in Viceregal Mexico (and beyond) through art on an individual and national level. Her research interests include the portrayal and shift in iconography of the indigenous body, nation building through sentimentality, and more broadly, Latinx art in transnational ‘third spaces’. Her thesis, titled "'Corazón de Lumbre, Alma de Nieve’: Constructing the Sentiment of Nationalism through La Leyenda de Los Volcanes," won the Outstanding Thesis Award from UIC's Graduate College in 2020. She received her B.A. in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2017 and also holds a B.S. in biological sciences from UIC (2017). She is currently a Ph.D. Student in Art History at the University of New Mexico.