Professor of Medieval Art to Speak at Texas Tech

Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art will host a medieval art historian who will discuss the politics surrounding the construction of Maillezais Abbey in France.

Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art will host a medieval art historian who will discuss the politics surrounding the construction of Maillezais Abbey in France.

Mickey S. Abel is an associate professor of art education and art history at the University of North Texas in Denton. Abel will give a public lecture titled, “Land, Water, Power: The Building Program at Maillezais Abbey,” starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday (April 23), in Room B01 of the Art Building.

Abel will discuss how Western France in the ninth century was geographically configured quite differently than it is today. One island, within the waters of the Gulf of Picton, near the mouths of the Autize and Sevre Rivers, came to be the site of Maillezais Abbey. This abbey played a significant role in the political world of the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Free parking is available in Lot R05 (entrance off of 15th Street near Flint). Paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue Parking Facility and in the visitor’s lot next to the Art Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored in part by the School of Art’s Art History Area.

The exhibitions, speakers and related programs at Landmark Arts and the Texas Tech University School of Art are made possible, in part, by generous grants from the Helen Jones Foundation and The CH Foundation. Additional support comes from cultural activities fees administered through the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Call 742-1947 for more information.

CONTACT: Joe Arredondo, director of Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University,

(806) 742-1947 or joe.arredondo@ttu.edu.