Alka Patel, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine, is contributing approximately 14,000 images of works of South Asian and Cuban art and architecture to the Digital Library. The contribution will comprise two collections: Art and Architecture of South Asia, and Art and Architecture of Cuba. The collections include Patel’s fieldwork photography focuses on the Islamic artistic and architectural history of South Asia from the 12th to 18th centuries, as well as Cuban architecture of the 18th through early 20th centuries. UC Irvine will assist Patel in providing cataloging information for all the images contributed to ARTstor.

At UC Irvine, Patel teaches courses in South Asian and Islamic art and architecture and has edited several volumes, written numerous articles, and authored Building Communities in Gujarat: Architecture and Society during the Twelfth through Fourteenth Centuries (E. J. Brill, 2004). Her forthcoming projects include a monograph (The Ghurid Architecture of South Asia and Historiography at the Ends of the Islamic World) and an edited volume (The History and Historiography of Reuse in South Asia).

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the South Asian and Cuban Art and Architecture (Alka Patel) collection page.