F. Kent Reilly III

F. Kent Reilly III received his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the Director for the Center for the Study of Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America, and a professor at Texas State University.  Professor Reilly’s interests are centered around religion, art, and visual validation of elite authority in New World chiefdoms, especially that of the ancient Olmec and Classic Maya. He has been the invited speaker of conferences throughout the world and is the author or editor on many books and articles including Sacred Bindings of the Cosmos: Ritual Acts of Bundling and Wrapping In Ancient Mesoamerica.  He has been a guest curator and a catalog contributor to the Princeton University exhibition The Olmec World: Ritual and Rulership.   Professor Reilly has been the recipient of a multitude of awards including the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s Favorite Professor Award.

Tours Led by Kent Reilly

  • Mexico Tour: The Ancient Olmecs March 10 - 18, 2018 | F. Kent Reilly III Much of the imagery still present in modern Maya iconography had its genesis in Olmec art. Travel from Villahermosa to Chalcatzingo to visit the birthplaces of that art, where the colossal heads and finely carved sculptures emblematic of the Olmec style were found. Also enjoy the spectacular Olmec artifacts on display in the Anthropology Museums of Villahermosa, Xalapa and Mexico City!