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.

David Franklin, Marjorie Williams and  Sonya Rhie Quintanilla

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

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.

Southeast Asian coin at Cleveland Museum of Art

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.

Ganesh, the Hindu deity and Remover of Obstacles


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.

SE Asian art at Cleveland Museum of Art

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