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BRUCE M. LOEFFLER

 


EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

M.A. in Art History, December, 1992.

Thesis under Erika Doss: "Indian Paintings of E. Irving Couse: The Return of the Noble Savage." Extensive course work in 19th and 20th century European and American art and in American history and cultural studies.

Ph.D. in Geology, 1984

Specialization in volcanology and the chemistry of volcanic rocks as a means to determine the chemistry of the Earth's interior.

HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE, 1972

B.S. in Chemistry (with Distinction and Departmental Honors)

Minor concentration in anthropology. Research with Mitsuru Kubota, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, resulted in the publication of a kinetic study.

EMPLOYMENT

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY

Lecturer in Art
Lecturer in Geology

Courses Taught in Art Courses Taught in Geology

CUESTA COLLEGE

Instructor in Art

Art Appreciation (Art 100)

ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

Instructor in Geology

Physical Geology (GEOL 100)

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Lecturer on International Tours:

THE COLORADO COLLEGE, 1977-2004

Visiting Professor of Art

Professor of Geology

Courses Taught in Art

Survey of Western Art (AH 112)
Art of Exclusion (AH 114)
American Art (AH 248)

Courses Taught in American Ethnic Studies

Introduction to American Ethnic Studies (ES 185)

Courses Taught in the Geology Department

Introductory Geology (GY 130)
Physical Geology (GY 140)
Mineralogy and Crystallography (GY 201)
Introduction to Petrology (GY 202)
Volcanology (GY 230) in Hawaii and Costa Rica
Geochemistry (GY 335)

Other College Service

Curator, Rod Rhodes Retrospective, Coburn Gallery, Colorado College
Curator, History of Building and Planning at Colorado College, Coburn Gallery
Organized a two-day symposium on Asian-American issues for
the American Ethnic Studies Faculty
Faculty co-facilitator, Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance
Minority Concerns Committee
Academic Program Committee
Campus Master Planning Executive Committee
Geology Department Chair, responsible for budget, staffing and curriculum
Director, Keck Geology Consortium Research Program at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Led two alumni raft trips through the Grand Canyon

SCHOLARLY AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES IN ART

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The construction of race, the origins of thinking in racial categories, and race and representation in American Art, including that of African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Latino/as.

I am particularly interested in the juxtaposition of images of “others” created and imposed by Euro-American artists with self-representations by artists of color as they assert their own identities, and in the dynamics of creating an identity in opposition to widely-held cultural stereotypes. I am also interested in the manipulation of sexuality in the representation of “others.”

The construction of sexuality and masculinity, and the representation of sexuality and the body in American Art. I am particularly interested the America’s conflicted approach to the body and sex, and in the complicated, and often controversial place of figurative art in America.