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Alexandra Kennedy-Troya is a professor and researcher in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. After finishing her master´s degree at Tulane, she received her PHD at the Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. She also teaches art history and curatorial practices on a graduate level at the Andean University Simón Bolívar in Quito and, when required, other courses in Latin American universities. For many years she researched and published on late colonial Andean art and architecture, but in the last 20 years her focus has turned to 19th and early 20th century art and architecture in Ecuador and other Latin American countries. She combines art history and cultural history and has been engaged in many conservation projects such as the Convento de San Diego and Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito; and the Casa Córdova and Casa Museo de Remigio Crespo Toral in Cuenca. The Municipality of Cuenca gave her the award “Hernan Crespo Toral” for her engagement in conservation projects (2010).
She has curated two landmark exhibitions on Ecuadorean modern art: Escenarios para una patria. Paisajismo ecuatoriano 1850-1930 (Quito, 2008), and Alma mía. Simbolismo y modernidad en Ecuador.1900-1930 (seven simultaneous sites in the historic center of Quito, 2013-2014). She has also participated in other international exhibitions as co-curator: Barroco de la Nueva Granada, Colonial Art from Colombia and Ecuador (New York, 1992); Passie en Devotik vit Ecuador (The Hague, 2000); El regreso de Humboldt (Quito/Bogotá, 2001); and Ecuador. Tradición y modernidad (Madrid, 2007). She has additionally worked as a consultant to major international exhibitions, such as Landscape in the Americas. Paintings from Tierra del Fuego to the Artic (Ontario/Sao Paulo/Philadelphia, 2015-2016).
Dr. Kennedy-Troya was the first woman to be elected to Eduador’s National Academy of History. She is currently working on the creation of the first masters program in Art and Architectural History in Ecuador.