Heather S. Orr, Ph.D. Professor of Art (Art History), Art Department Chair, MGES Associate Director, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado
Heather Orr received her doctorate in Precolumbian Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, and has published on the ancient art of Mesoamerica and Central America. She is currently working on a joint project to publish a catalogue of the art collection of Western State Colorado University. Dr. Orr has served as the Art department chair at Western for five years, taught the art history program for over nineteen, and was the lead on the development, accreditation, and implementation of the new M.A. in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (www.western.edu/mges) currently in its pilot year. She has served on numerous undergraduate and graduate university committees, the recent university strategic planning committee, and the boards of the University Press of Colorado and Cold Harbour Institute. During her time as department chair, the Art and Music building (Quigley Hall) underwent a twenty-six million dollar renovation that included a new, state-of-the art professional gallery.
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