Cory Gundlach is a third-year Ph.D. student specializing in African art and has over ten years of museum work experience. He received a B.A. in Fine Art from Humboldt State University as well as a B.A. in Art History from Colorado State University and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Iowa. Based on field research among artists and diviners in southwest Burkina Faso in 2011 and in 2012 and a critical review of scholarship, his M.A. thesis challenged the stereotype of conservatism that surrounds Lobi art and culture. With his Ph.D. research, Cory continues to study Lobi art in the context of local social relationships and divine interaction, and its use in museums and private collections of art.
Cory has been awarded the Marcus Bach Fellowship for the Spring 2015 semester.