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Michael W. Conner
ArtConsul Collection Management and Appraisal Services
Connoisseurship, Fine Art Appraisal
Technology in Art Teaching and Exhibition
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-AfrArts
Former List Editor for H-Museum
•Curator of Collections at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Developed exhibitions and supervised installations. Supervised personnel and all areas of research on the collection, and identified conservation needs. Currently Director, Fine Arts Programs and Collections, Amerinvest International, Champaign-Rantoul. Owner of ArtConsul (ArtConsul.com) Collections Management and Appraisal Services. Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA AM) and Foundation of Appraisal Education Board Member
•Attended schools in Africa and Switzerland. Doctorate in Ancient American, Oceanic, and African art history at Indiana University with Roy Sieber. Awarded a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to undertake fieldwork on the art and culture of the historic Ngoni and Zulu kingdoms. Broadly trained in the connoisseurship of classical African art, with additional expertise in other mediums, including ancient American textiles and ceramics. Extensive collections development experience.
•Crafted Louisiana's first graduate program in Museum Studies; crafted Indiana’s first Percent for Arts legislation and served as non-Western art consultant to the College Board’s Educational Testing Service, and on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center African Arts Collaborative.
•Taught at Indiana University-Bloomington, Chancellor College (Malawi), Assistant professor at Ohio University-Athens, and Associate Professor at Southern University at New Orleans. Designed and Directed Louisiana’s only graduate program in Museum Studies.
•Editor and moderator of H-AfrArts and editor, H-Museum. Produced websites, interactive kiosks, and CD-ROMs.
1991 Doctorate in African, Oceanic, and Ancient American Art History
Doctorial thesis: The Art of the Jere and Maseko Ngoni of Malawi, 1818-1964 Advisor: Roy Sieber
Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow (USDE)
Languages: French, German, isiZulu, ChiChewa
1982 M.A. African, Oceanic and Ancient American Art History
Master’s thesis: The Geometric Vision: Arts of the Zulu
Rudy Teaching and Research Assistant to Roy Sieber
UNIVERSITY OF ILE-IFE
1978-9 Directed Research. Nigerian art history, sculpture, and ceramics
Advisor: Babatunde Lawal, Lamidi Fakeye, Rachel Abeola
WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
1976 B.F.A. Art History, Cum Laude
Advisor: Mira Merriman. Studio: ceramics, painting. Martha Erhlich: African art history
1972 B.A. Psychology. Advisor: N.H. Pronko
Additional Honors Thesis in Religion. Advisor: Howard Mickel