Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Carey Rote

An Outstanding Islander

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Pre-Columbian Passion
Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Carey Rote was surrounded by a robust Hispanic culture and rich, expressive and vibrant art. As a teenager, Rote dreamed of a career as a historian, and after studying Spanish and art in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, she discovered her passion. After earning her Ph.D. in Pre-Columbian Art at the University of Texas, Rote joined the Island University faculty in 1987. The professor of art and former department chair is an expert in Pre-Colombian and Guatemalan art who also specializes in Day of the Dead art; Chicano art; and Mexican colonial art. She has visited Oaxaca cemeteries, churches, markets, art museums, family homes, parades and flower farms throughout the country side during the tradition. In fall 2009 she took a group on a “Day of the Dead” tour in Oaxaca. She also prepared an upcoming course on Florentine Art for Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy. Rote wrote the book “Cesar A. Martinez: A Retrospective,” which serves as the catalog for a retrospective exhibition, in which she served as curator at San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum. Recently, she completed the cataloging of a large collection of pre-Columbian art for a private collector. Both the Weil Gallery and the Art Museum of South Texas have benefitted from numerous grants she has received, and she also obtained funding from the Texas Research Development Fund grant to conduct research on the Virgin of Guadalupe in contemporary South Texas art. Rote serves as treasurer of the Pan American Round Table, which provides annual scholarships to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students, serves on the board of governors for the Art Center of Corpus Christi and has participated as a table leader for the past 12 years for the Advanced Placement History of Art Exam. In addition, she has had articles in numerous publications; presented papers across the nation, Costa Rica, Mexico and Macedonia; and has been involved with many art history activities and Day of the Dead lectures. Rote will travel this spring to Princeton University as a member of the CLEP Humanities Exam test development committee.

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