Colette Apelian, Adjunct Faculty
Colette Apelian is an art and architectural historian who specializes in histories of urban preservation, technologies, photography, and North African visual cultures in global contexts. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright to Morocco and an Artstor for a lecture on solutions to climate problems in Islamic architecture. Dr. Apelian has enjoyed research privileges in United States, Moroccan, and French collections, such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and was an administrator at the Wight Art Gallery in Los Angeles, now called the Hammer Museum. Topics of Dr. Apelian’s publications and presentations include an analysis of the electrification of medieval religious monuments in Fez, Morocco; documentation of Tunisian street art shortly after the revolution; the uses of photography to convey ideologies and identities on social media websites; and a late thirteenth to fourteenth century Ilkhanid metal stand. She has documented her visits to dozens of museums, monuments, gardens, and pilgrimage sites in the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Near East; and has created and/or taught distance education courses for Californian, Michigan, and Georgian institutions.
Dr. Apelian holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies and a B.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles.