The College Art Association named Kishwar Rizvi, associate professor in the history of art, as one of 13 individuals honored with its 2017 Awards for Distinction.
Rizvi’s book, “The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East,” won the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award.
The Awards for Distinction honor “the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.”
At Yale, Rizvi specializes in Islamic art and architecture. She has written on representations of religious and imperial authority in the art and architecture of Safavid Iran, as well as on issues of gender, nationalism, and religious identity in modern Iran and Pakistan. Her current research focuses on ideology and transnationalism in contemporary mosque architecture in the Middle East.
Founded in 1911, the College Art Association promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art. The association includes among its members those who by vocation or avocation are concerned about and/or committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research of and about the visual arts and humanities. Over 12,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, critics, collectors, educators, publishers, and other professionals in the visual arts belong as individual members. Another 2,000 departments of art and art history in colleges and universities, art schools, museums, libraries, and professional and commercial organizations hold institutional memberships.