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Ph.D. (2001) Columbia University, Department of Art History & Archaeology.
Associate Professor of History and Director of Museum Studies.
Dr. Conides joined Buffalo State as a full-time faculty member in 2001. Her teaching specializations include museology, curatorship and collections management, visitor experience, museum administration; African, Native American, Pre-Columbian and Oceanic visual arts; the history and art of Spain. She has developed and taught the history of indigenous cultures, undergraduate and graduate courses in museum studies, and prepared both an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate in museum studies (2001).
From 2006 through 2010, Dr. Conides served as executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (now the Buffalo History Museum) where she developed new exhibits, increased memberships and funding, successfully led the museum’s reaccreditation efforts and worked with the staff and museum board of managers on strategic planning for the museum’s five-year initiative (2008-2012).
During her time as executive director, Dr. Conides worked to bring undergraduate and graduate students into the realm of museum work by creating high-impact learning experiences using museum collections; a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the museum has been in effect since 2010. In 2011, she prepared the master of arts in museum studies program for the college, and as director of the program, oversaw the first five-year program assessment in 2018.
Under her guidance, over 40 new museum professionals have graduated with master’s degrees and are making valuable contributions to the museum profession. Dr. Conides currently serves as a member of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission and consults with various cultural agencies in western New York, such as the Centro Culturale Italiano, and the WUFO 1080 AM Black Radio History Collective.
Her community connections have been invaluable for student internship placements and for students to apply classroom principles to real-world opportunities. Dr. Conides’ commitment to community has earned her special recognition from the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York (2015) and a Leadership in Community Engagement Award from Buffalo State College (2019).
Internationally, Dr. Conides was invited to present to museum professionals from Uzbekistan through the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program, which connects current and emerging foreign leaders with American counterparts. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Grant, and as a reviewer for Ancient Mesoamerica Journal.
Research specializations include art, archaeology and social history of ancient Teotihuacan; indigenous cultures of Mexico, Guatemala, Peru; material culture studies; art production, apprenticeship and craft specialization in ancient societies.
In Press. Index of Ceramics for Made to Order: Painted Ceramics of Ancient Teotihuacan. University of Oklahoma Press, online resource.
In Press. Chapter 5: “Production and Iconography of Decorated Ceramics.” In British Archaeological Reports International Series Volume: Teotihuacan Mapping Project Salvage Operations at Apartment Compound 1:N6W3.
2018. Made to Order: Painted Ceramics of Ancient Teotihuacan. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
2017. Chapter 7. “Figures in Action: Contextualizing the Butterfly Personage at Teotihuacan, Mexico.” In Visual Culture of the Ancient Americas: Contemporary Perspectives. Andrew Finegold and Ellen Hoobler, eds. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 103-118.
2015. “Preserving and Accessing the Howard D. Beach Photography Studio Glass Plate Negative Collection.” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 83-101.
Selected Exhibits Curated
2010 Time Share: An Historic Art Collaboration. Co-curated: Nancy Weekly, Cynthia Conides, Albert Michaels, Walter Mayer. Burchfield Penney Art Center. Featured 39 historic paintings from the collection of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, with associated historic photographs and artifacts. October 28, 2010–May 29, 2011.
2010 Howard D. Beach: Photographer, Artist, Inventor. Exhibit reintroducing the “mutotone” portraits by the 19th–early 20th century Buffalo photographer whose studio continuously operated for 70 years. The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, May 4-June 27.
2007 Milton Rogovin: The Native American Series, 1963-2002. Co-curated with Allan Jamieson, Cynthia Conides, Kate Koperski, and Mark Rogovin. Social documentary photographs of Native American people in western New York exhibited together for the first time. March 2-June 22.
Courses Developed and Taught at Buffalo State
MST 380 Introduction to Museums
HIS 385 Aztec and Maya History
HIS 386 History of the Inca Empire
MST425 Museum Preservation and Practice
MST 590 Independent Study for Museum Studies
MST 601 Theory and Method in Museum Studies
MST 630 Visitor Experience in Museums
MST 640 Museum Administration
MST 642 Strategic Planning for Museums
MST 660 Museums and Society
MST 688 Museum Internships
MST 690 Master’s Project
MST 795 Master’s Thesis
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