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. She is Editor-In-Chief of Art Journal Open, a publication of the College Art Association. Uchill is the campus lead of Local Ecologies, a three-campus initiative with UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell that invites artists’ perspectives on place-based issues of industrial production, urban development, environmentalism, and sociality in Eastern Massachusetts.
Her research on Alexander Dorner has been published in Future Anterior (2015), Antonis Pittas: Road to Victory (Mousse Publishing, 2017), and the edited volume Why Art Museums? The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner (MIT Press and RISD Museum, 2018). She is currently finishing her book manuscript with the working title “Alexander Dorner and the Politics of Experience.”
Before coming to UMassD, Uchill was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Art, Science & Technology at MIT, where she co-convened BEING MATERIAL, the second CAST symposium. She is co-editor of Being Material, to be published by MIT Press in October, 2019. 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 in art and architectural history and theory at MIT, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, 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 the exhibition catalogues On Procession: Art on Parade (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009) and Adrian Schiess: Elusive (Klaus Kehrer Verlag, 2007), and has published scholarly articles, reviews, and interviews 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, Hyperallergic, Art New England, 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 research, which has been presented internationally, has been 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.