C. Ondine Chavoya

Professor of Art, Faculty Fellow of the Davis Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

Spencer Studio Art Rm 313


Ondine Chavoya is Faculty Fellow of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Davis Center, Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies, and Schumann Fellow for Democratic Studies. He joined the Williams College community in 2002. His scholarly and curatorial projects have grown out of the intersection of his work in the classroom, archives, and art museums in Williamstown and around the world. Professor Chavoya’s recent curatorial project, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, was a public exhibition viewed by more than 66,000 people over the course of 78 days at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, before it travelled to the Williams College Museum of Art, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. In addition to being recognized for that work, Professor Chavoya has received numerous fellowships, residencies and grants, from the Getty Foundation, Smithsonian Institute, College Art Association, Ford Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, UCLA Institute of American Cultures and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center.

Professor Chavoya’s has interdisciplinary experience in Art History, Latina/o Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and American Studies, and frequently collaborates with faculty, staff, and students on campus. He is a core faculty member responsible for developing and implementing the college’s Latina/o Studies Program, has developed and taught more than two dozen courses at Williams and served as an advisor for approximately two dozen masters and senior theses and independent studies. He continues to mentor Gaius Bolin and Creating Connections Consortium (C3) fellows and visits R1 institutions in partnership with the Creating Connections (C3) and Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) consortia in support of the college’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty. In addition, he has served as a member of the Exploring Diversity Initiative Committee, Academic Standing Committee, Faculty Compensation Committee and WCMA Acquisitions Committee.


B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. University of Rochester, Visual and Cultural Studies
Ph.D. University of Rochester, Visual and Cultural Studies

Current Committees

  • Latina/o Studies Program
  • Mentor, C3 Fellows
  • Mentor, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellows
  • Faculty recruiting
  • ARTH 319: Rauschenberg: Art & Archives
  • ARTH 494: Honors Thesis Seminar
  • LATS 105: Latina/o Identities