Kymberly N. Pinder, Ph.D. is dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico and professor of Art History since 2012. She served as interim director and curator of the UNM Art Museum from 2014-16. Previously, she was a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Middlebury College. She teaches, writes and lectures on representations of religion, history and race in American Art. Dr. Pinder edited Race-ing Art History: Critical Readings in Race and Art History (Routledge, 2002) and most recently authored Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago (University of Illinois, 2016). Her work on such artists as Romare Bearden, Kara Walker, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Shinique Smith has also appeared in The Art Bulletin, The Art Journal, Third Text, Outsider, and The African American Review. Her curatorial projects include “Necessary Force: Art of the Police State” “Spreading the Gospel: Graffiti and the Public Space as Canvas”, and “Sexing Myths: Representing Sexuality in African American Art.” Dr. Pinder received her Ph.D from Yale University and has been a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Terra Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon, Ford and Henry Luce Foundations, among others. Her latest project is on African American artists and public discourse. She, the artist Bernard Williams and Art Institute students created three murals in a Chicago Public School, a public pedagogical practice she is continuing in New Mexico at a healthcare facility for the homeless. This mural also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Chicago’s Wall of Respect.