Art and Design at Missouri State

Dr. Billie J. Follensbee

Billie J. Follensbee






Brick City (327 W Mill St) 316


Art and Design

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Missouri State University
Art and Design
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work
Museum Studies Program Coordinator


  • PhD, Art History and Archaeology, 2000, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MA, Art History and Archaeology, 1994, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Certificat de Hautes-Etudes, 1986, Université d’Aix-en-Provence, France
  • BA, Modern Foreign Languages, 1987, Castleton State College
  • BS, English Communications, 1986, Castleton State College
  • AS, Communications, 1985, Castleton State College 


  • ART 200 Art in Context
  • ART 273 Art of Africa, Oceania, & the Americas
  • ART 385 Art of the Americas (Citizenship and Service-Learning Integrated course)
  • ART 386 Art of Africa (Citizenship and Service-Learning Integrated course)
  • ART 390 Art History Teaching Assistantship
  • ART 485/685 Art of Mesoamerica (Citizenship and Service-Learning Integrated course)
  • ART/MST 488/688 Basic Conservation of Art and Artifacts (Citizenship and Service-Learning Integrated course)
  • ART 494/799 Independent Study in Art History
  • MST 495 Internship in Art History
  • ART 495/795 Internship in Art History

Professional experience

Selected publications and presentations 

  • “Unsexed Images, Gender-Neutral Costume, and Gender-Ambiguous Costume in Formative Period Gulf Coast Cultures,” chapter in Wearing Culture: Dress, Regalia, and Adornment in Early Mesoamerica and Central America, 2014
  • Session Organizer and Chair of the symposium: Fish and Fishing in the Pre-Columbian Americas, Society for American Archaeology 79th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2014
  • “Book Review:  The Place of Stone Monuments: Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica’s Preclassic Transition, edited by Julia Guernsey, John E. Clark, and Barbara Arroyo.”  Latin American Antiquity Vol. 23, No. 3 (September 2012): 346-348
  • “Concepts of Identity and Individuality in Gulf Coast Olmec and Olmec-Related Art,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, 2011
  • “Formative Period Gulf Coast Ceramic Figurines: The Key to Identifying Sex, Gender, and Age Groups in Gulf Coast Olmec Imagery,” chapter in Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena, 2009  (2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title)
  • "Why It's Essential Not to Essentialize: Analyzing the Varied Roles of Female Figure in Olmec and Olmec-Related Sculpture," Symposium: Iconography of the Gulf Coast, 53o Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, 2009
  • Fiber Technology and Weaving in Formative Period Gulf Coast Cultures,” Ancient Mesoamerica Vol. 19, No 1, Spring 2008
  • “The Child and the Child-Like in Olmec Art and Archaeology,” chapter in "The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica," 2006

Research and professional interests

  • Ancient cultures of the Americas
  • Mesoamerican art and archaeology
  • Ancient Mesoamerican Gulf Coast cultures (Olmec)
  • Textiles in the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas
  • Sex and gender in art and archaeology

Awards and honors

  • Curriculum Innovation Grant, Missouri State University, 2012-2013
  • Selected to represent MSU in Professor of the Year national competition, 2011
  • CASL Research Stipend, Missouri State University, 2010-11
  • Selected to publish in "Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers," Indiana Campus Compact, 2011
  • Foundation Award for Teaching, Missouri State University, 2008
  • Excellence in Community Service Award, Missouri State University, 2006

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