Indian and Southeast Asian Art Collection Cleveland Museum of Art February 27, 2013
At a reception on February 27, 2013 The Cleveland Museum of Art introduced Sonya Rhie Quintanilla as Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art. Her appointment is the result of an international search and she is very well-qualified in the position.
CMA Director David Franklin, Director, Education and Public Programs Marjorie Williams and Curator Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
She came to CMA from The San Diego Museum with a degree in South Asian Art and Religion and a doctorate in Indian Art History from Harvard.
Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
Dr. Quintanilla is visibly excited about this collection and the work she is doing. She has a special fascination for coins and the collection includes some nice pieces dating back to the first century from Bactria or what is now called Afghanistan.
In this short video, Sonya Rhie Quintanilla gave a preview of the Ganesh, the Hindu deity and Remover of Obstacles, that will be featured in the Museum starting in May 2013.
Each piece in the collection tells a story of the region and Dr. Quintanilla knows each story and is happy to share them. She points out detail an untrained eye would never see. Whether the piece is bronze, textile, wood or even paper she has examined, studied and reveled in the story they tell.
This short video previews the Tantra in Buddhist Art exhibit that will be featured in the Museum.
CMA Curator of Chinese Art Anita Chung and CMA Cultural Communities Liaison Marianne Bernadotte
It is truly a remarkable collection and the addition of Dr. Quintanilla to CMA's exceptional staff is yet another world-class enhancement to the Cleveland Museum of Art.