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DEBORAH WAITE
Professor
Office Room 225 / 808.956.8035 / waite@hawaii.edu
RESEARCH AREAS – Art from Pacific region, Melanesia, in particular, Solomon Islands

BIO
Deborah Waite is a writer and an art historian. An interest in museums and collections has always been a priority. Her doctoral research necessitated several months of work with the storage collections in the British Museum followed by museum collection study in Europe. Her first job was Curator of Ethnology at the Newark Museum (New Jersey). Having held a faculty position in Hawai’i since the 1970s has made it feasible for Professor Waite to easily travel within the Pacific and Asia to conduct research.

EDUCATION
PhD – Columbia University
MA – Columbia University
BA – Mount Holyoke College

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Solomon Islands Art: The Conru Collection (with Kevin Conru). Brussels: 5 Continents Editions, 2009
Artefacts from the Julius Brenchley Collection. London: British Museum, 1987
Art of the Solomon Islands: from the collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum. Geneva: Barbier-Mueller Museum, 1983
Book manuscript submitted for publication: Framing Shields in the Solomon Islands: Reiteration and Translation.

EXHIBITION CURATED
Binding and Looping: Transition of Presence in Contemporary Pacific Art, University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, 2014
Art of Micronesia, University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, 1986

COURSES TAUGHT
ART 176 (History of Global Art II)
ART 390 (Art of Pacific, Africa, North America)
ART 475B (Art of the Pacific: Indonesia)
ART 475C (Art of the Pacific: Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia)
ART 475D (Art of the Pacific: North Pacific Coast Indian, Inuit/Eskimo)
ART 476 (Art of Tribal Africa)
ART 479 (Art of Hawai’i)
ART 677 (Art of Oceania)

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