UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Professor and Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
member of graduate faculty
Start Year: 2006
Office: 217 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Kaylee R. Spencer is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she has taught Art History since 2006. She served as Department Chair from 2013 – 2016 and has received awards for distinguished teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences. She offers introductory surveys of art history, along with upper-division courses on pre-Columbian, colonial New World, and contemporary art. Dr. Spencer's research centers on the artistic traditions of ancient Mesoamerica. She has published numerous articles and book chapters focusing on Maya spirituality, art, and iconography. She combines approaches rooted in iconography, archaeology, hieroglyphic analysis, and phenomonology to investigate portraiture in ancient and colonial sculpture. In her recent work, she explores how spatial organizations of architectural programs frame viewing experiences at Maya sites in the Northern Lowlands, a region located in the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico.
2017 K. Spencer and M. Werness-Rude, "Maya Architecture in the Northern Lowlands," Vancouver, B.C. The Annual Conference for the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) Mar. 31, 2017.