The 18th Annual Mayer Center Symposium “Materiality: Making Spanish America” will be held on November 1-2, 2018 at the Denver Art Museum (Sharp Auditorium – Hamilton Building). During the early modern period in Spanish America, artists and craftspeople experimented with a variety of local natural resources and imported materials—pigments, fibers, feathers, shell, stone, wood, clay, silver, gold—which resulted in a new and unique visual culture. This symposium will bring together an international group of scholars to explore topics central to the formation and evolution of materiality in the Spanish Americas. Organized by Dr. Jorge Rivas, Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum. To purchase tickets go to