Profiled Professor Corrects the Record

USF Professor Kimberly Rae Connor was recently profiled in the February 17 issue of the Foghorn. The story ran on the occasion of a display of artwork owned by Connor in the Thatcher Gallery in Gleeson Library. The profile, which appeared in the Scene section of the issue, was run with several inaccuracies, as described by the professor below.

Dear Editor,

Please publish the following corrections of fact in the recent profile of me:

I own 13 pieces of art that are part of a series that was originally displayed at the Hirshhorn Museum but which I purchased from the artist’s New York dealer at the time, Max Protetch Galleries.

In addition to providing the art for the show, I curated the show, helped install the show, organized supporting lectures and gave public and classroom lectures about the exhibit. Glori Simmons and Amber Dennis of the Thacher Gallery did more than anyone to make this exhibit happen.

My academic training is in religion and literature but much of my scholarship is in African American topics. I teach in the College of Business and Professional Studies as a member of the Department of Organizations, Leadership, and Society; most of my students are degree completion students enrolled in professional studies programs.

The art I own that is hanging in the gallery did not go unframed. The current exhibit is the first time for the art to be on public display but I have documentation that the work was carefully framed to archival standards almost as soon as I acquired the art. The sums attributed to the purchase price and the framing costs are inaccurate.

I graduated from a joint Ph.D in religion and literature, two fields that required me to take qualifying exams in aesthetics. I am trained in literary and aesthetic theory. A chapter on Ligon’s art is included in a book I wrote on the slave narrative tradition and liberation theology. I published the first peer reviewed academic analysis of Ligon’s work.

I am not a collector. I came into possession of the art because I was a working academic doing research on a topic that brought me into contact with an artist whose sensibilities matched mine. I am donating the art to my undergraduate alma mater.

Thank you,

Kimberly Rae Connor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of San Francisco

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

Opinion Editor: Vicente Patino


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