As a young Fine Arts major, I quit mid-stream to find myself. That discovery process really began when I first visited Indonesia. In the mid-80s I was fortunate to be hired as a hotel executive in Jakarta for a prominent Japanese corporation. Eventually, my need to work in the arts won out and I left the world of travel and business to further my education and work in the world of art. I have a BFA (Wayne State University: 1992) with a concentration in painting and sculpture, a MA in South and Southeast Asian Studies (The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: 1996), and a Ph.D. in art history with a concentration on Southeast Asia (The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: 2002). I am currently an Associate Professor of Art in the Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University.
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My interests meet at the intersection of art making, art thinking, and ethnography. In the art world I have worked as a curator, an artist, an art consultant and dealer, a research scholar, and a professor. Life experiences and scholarly research percolate into my art and the topics I focus on in my teaching. I have curated exhibitions of historical textile arts and contemporary art, as well as published on ancient, historical and contemporary arts. I have often collaborated and facilitated with the exchange of artists, scholars, and students between the US and Indonesia. At this point, I am passionate about the potential of multiple viewpoints and unrestrained curiosity.

 

Mary-Louise Totton

mary-louise.totton@wmich.edu