Rebecca Uchill

Rebecca Uchill is an art historian and independent curator whose work focuses on the institutional conditions for art production, display and dissemination.  She is a full-time member of the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in the Department of Art Education, Art History & Media Studies. She was the 2015-2017 Melon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Art, Science & Technology  at MIT, during which she co-edited, 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. She also was co-chair of BEING MATERIAL, the second CAST symposium, and is a member of the editorial collective producing a book chronicling this convening. She was recently appointed Web Editor of Art Journal Open, an independently-edited affiliate of the College Art Association’s Art Journal.

Her research into the modern construct of landscape was the basis for the course Landscape Experience  co-taught with Caroline A. Jones at HTC during fall semester, 2016. Uchill began this research while working with Gavin Kroeber on a workshop (also with the title Landscape Experience) organized at Mildred's Lane in summer, 2016. In association with the MIT course, Uchill was awarded Alumni Class Funds and Center for Art, Science & Technology class grants to lead student field work in the Southwest United States during the summer of 2016. Also in connection with the course, Uchill organized the 2016 Lavine Lecture at the List Visual Arts Center, focusing on land art conservation and environmental change: Nature is Never Finished.

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 is a former program committee member for the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art-North America. She 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 StudiesASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media ArtMuseum and Curatorial Studies ReviewVisual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, and Art Papers. Her dissertation research on Alexander Dorner formed the basis of a recent contribution to the volume Road to Victory (Mousse Publishing, 2017), and a chapter forthcoming in the edited compendium Why Art Museums? The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner (MIT Press, 2018).

Rebecca 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, where her dissertation research was awarded 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.