Rebecca Uchill is an art historian and curator whose work focuses on the institutional conditions for cultural production, display and dissemination. As current Editor-In-Chief of Art Journal Open, a publication of the College Art Association, she has spearheaded new experiments in peer review for research-based artist projects. In addition to books and volumes that she has authored and edited, she has also published articles in Future Anterior, Journal of Curatorial Studies, ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Museum and Curatorial Studies Review, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, and Art Papers.
Uchill has worked as a curator or curatorial affiliate at institutions such as the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, and MASS MoCA, among others. Since 2016, she has taught modern and contemporary art history, theory, and production methods at MIT, Tufts University/The Museum School, and UMass Dartmouth, where she recently organized a sound art series in the Paul Rudolph campus buildings and is currently a Leduc Faculty Fellow in Service Learning.
Her research into the constructs of land and place, and the association of context-specific art practices, formed the basis for the course Landscape Experience, taught at MIT in 2016 while a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Art, Science & Technology. Uchill based this course on a 2015 collaborative workshop for artists (also titled Landscape Experience) at Mildred’s Lane. A 2017 UMass Dartmouth elaboration on the course was featured in the University’s 2018 “New Approaches to Teaching and Learning” conference. Her fall 2018 Make-Believe seminar at the GSD, co-instructed with Dan Borelli, also focuses on context-sensitive production theory and methods.
Uchill holds a BA, summa cum laude, in Individualized Studies from the Gallatin School at New York University. She received her MA in Art History from Williams College. She completed her PhD at MIT, in History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture and Art, where her doctoral research was awarded support from the Social Science Research Council, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the New England Society of Architectural Historians, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.
On Procession: Art on Parade (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009)
Adrian Schiess: Elusive (Klaus Kehrer Verlag, 2007)
Experience: Culture, Cognition and the Common Sense (The MIT Press, 2016)