Doctor of Arts, Director/Professor
Dr. Hollis specializes in Contemporary and Traditional African Art and Culture and African American Art and Humanities. She received her Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts from California State University at Long Beach; her Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies at Indiana University; and her Doctor of Arts in Humanities and African American Studies from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta).
Dr. Hollis began her teaching career at Government Teacher Training College, Abraka, Nigeria as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She taught briefly at Good Hope Elementary in Perris, California. After her graduate work at I.U. she taught for three years at Bishop College in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Hollis joined the faculty at SUNO in 1973. Having advanced through all the ranks, she is now a Tenured Full Professor. At SUNO she has served as Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts and Philosophy, Dean of the Graduate School, and both Interim Director and Director of the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program. While best known as an educator, Dr. Hollis is also an artist. She has shown watercolors, photographs, and for over forty years has “created beauty with fabrics”. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has received many honors in the arts community.
Ongoing Research: Dr. Hollis works closely with a number of museums and arts institutions in New Orleans (and other cities where online MUSE students live) to insure internships and sites for Masters Project exhibitions for graduating M.A. Museum Studies Students. She writes about artists and musicians. She has curated a number of art exhibitions during her career. As an artist she is exploring art quilting. Her fabric work has been shown in recent years at Stella Jones Gallery, Beecher Memorial Church, the J.W. Marriott, the New Orleans African American Museum, and Le Boulevard Marketplace. She belongs to many professional organizations and museums.
Dr. Riep specializes in the arts of Africa. He received his B.A. in Applied Communications from Asbury University (1998), an M.A. in Art History from the University of Kentucky (2005), and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa (2011). He also earned a Certificate in Museum Studies at the University of Iowa. In 2000, after working for several years in the publishing industry, he relocated to South Africa where he developed and implemented community outreach programming for an NGO based in the Free State province. It was from this experience that his interest in South Sotho cultures grew, which eventually became the focus of his M.A. and Ph.D. research.
Since 2000, he resided in South Africa for a total of 5 years, during which time he conducted extensive fieldwork among South Sotho populations and researched the holdings of numerous collecting institutions. He was awarded a Fulbright grant for his most recent term abroad, during which time he took part in a multi-disciplinary research project entitled “Africa Meets Africa.” In addition, Dr. Riep has a great interest in film studies, and has produced numerous documentaries on South Sotho visual arts.
Ongoing Research: Dr. Riep has recently completed papers entitled “Hot Women! South Sotho Feminine Arts in Context,” and “Earth, Art, and the Ancestors,” which are presently in the review process for publication. He is also preparing a manuscript for publication based on his PhD dissertation research on South Sotho art and history. In addition, Dr. Riep is in the process of produci