Provost Chaouki Abdallah announced the appointment of Kymberly Pinder as dean of UNM's College of Fine Arts, effective July 1. Provost Abdallah said, "I am pleased to announce and welcome Dr. Pinder to the University of New Mexico. She is an accomplished art historian, a talented administrator and an important addition to the academic affairs senior leadership team. I ask everyone to welcome her and her husband, Dr. Mark Caughey, to UNM."

Pinder graduated from Yale University with a Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and doctorate, all in art history. She is a professor and former department chair in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches, writes and lectures widely on representation of religion, history and race in American art.

Pinder has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for Humanities and the Mellon, Ford and Henry Luce Foundations, among others. In 2007, she was a scholar-in-residence at the New Mexico Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center as she completed her forthcoming book on art in Chicago's African American churches, "Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago."

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