Mary H. Kujawski Roberts Memorial Scholarship

UIMA is pleased to announce Paige Mitchell as the recipient of the Mary H. Kujawski Roberts Memorial Scholarship Award. Paige is a UI sophomore pursuing a History and Art History double major and a certificate in Museum Studies.

Ms. Mitchell will conduct scholarly research (including site-visits to UIMA museum collections storage) and provide written catalog entries for African and Asian ceramic vessels in the UIMA permanent collection.

Mary Hagihara Kujawski Roberts was Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art from 1988 until 1990, when she died of cancer at age 41 as the mother of a seven-month-old son. She held graduate degrees from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign and worked as an educator at the Art Institute of Chicago and then at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, where she was associate director and led the famed Museum Practice Program. She and her husband, Allen F. Roberts (former University of Iowa Professor of Anthropology and African American World Studies), helped found the U of I's Project for Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa, and had begun field research on pottery (Mary's love) and iron-working (Al's) in the Republic of Bénin when Mary fell ill. The present scholarship is offered in her memory.


Storage container

Nigeria; Nupe or Igala peoples

Storage container

, Early/mid-twentieth century
Earthenware, 43.18 x 44.45 cm (17 x 17 1/2 in.)
Gift of Travis von Tobel, M.D., 2015.165