Full Time Lecturer
Art Education, Art History & Media Studies
College of Visual & Performing Arts 360A
Rebecca Uchill is an art historian and curator whose work focuses on the institutional conditions for art production, display and dissemination. Before coming to UMassD, she was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Art, Science & Technology at MIT, where she co-convened BEING MATERIAL, the second CAST symposium. Uchill was co-editor, with Caroline A. Jones and David Mather, of the first CAST publication, Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense (MIT Press, 2016), for which she was also the curator of its many multi-sensorial artist entries. At MIT, she collaboratively developed the field-work-intensive graduate seminar Landscape Experience. Uchill was recently appointed Web Editor of Art Journal Open, the online platform of the College Art Association’s Art Journal.
Uchill has worked as a curator and curatorial consultant at institutions including the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA. She was co-founder of the event-based-research/curatorial collective Experience Economies, and she served as a program committee member for the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art-North America (now VoCA). She has taught courses at MIT and Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and organized workshops at Harvard University, Mildred's Lane, and other venues. Uchill is author and editor of On Procession: Art on Parade (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009) and Adrian Schiess: Elusive (Klaus Kehrer Verlag, 2007), and has 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. She is the creator of the Random Exhibition Title Generator.
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. Her doctoral research was awarded grant funding and fellowship 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.