Lisa Iglesias, an assistant professor in the School of Art + Art History, was awarded a grant by the University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. The grant will supply the Architecture and Fine Arts Library with over 50 new books written by under-represented communities, such as women, members of the LGBTQ community and artists of color.
“I’m committed to participate in making the communities I engage with more inclusive, reflective and positive,” she said. “And this, of course, includes my work here at UF.”
Primarily teaching drawing, Iglesias has focused her research on a range of materials and situations, including paper, textiles, collaborations and participatory events.
“What I love most about drawing,” she said, “is how expansive and multidimensional the history and practice of the discipline really is.”
The books will be effective resources for anyone interested in areas like drawing, dance, women’s studies, history, literature and philosophy.
The $2,050 grant awarded in February will fund writings by and about people like Claudia Rankine, Coco Fusco, David Hammons and Lorna Simpson.
The Library Enhancement Program in the Humanities Grant is aimed at enhancing the research and curricular offerings in the humanities at UF. The grant allows faculty and graduate students to expand the existing UF library collections in areas related to the humanities that are currently underserved.
“I imagine many of our students and community will be very happy they have access to these books,” she said.