Alisa Swindell


A.B., Bryn Mawr College - History of Art
M.A., University of New Orleans - Arts Administration
M.A., School of the Art institute of Chicago - Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism
PhD. student, University of Illinois at Chicago - Art History, Gender and Women's Studies concentration


Alisa Swindell is a PhD student in the Department of Art History at UIC and a recipient of the Lincoln Fellowship. Her primary research interests are the history of photography and other modes of contemporary art with a focus on race and sexuality, her secondary interests are food and domesticity in visual culture. She is a graduate assistant in curatorial and exhibitions at Gallery 400. In 2015 she was the Dangler Intern at the Art institute of Chicago. She has curated exhibitions and written for exhibition catalogues independently and also presented at conferences and participated on panels as an academic and an activist. She previously had a career as an arts administrator and taught art history at several universities in Chicago and the St. Louis area. She received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr in the History of Art, an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans and an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Courses Taught

University of Missouri - St. Louis Modern Art survey Art Since 1960 survey Topics in Contemporary Art: Constructions of Race in Contemporary Photography Western Art History (8 week summer course)
Webster University Sexy, Sexist, Sexless: Women Artists Use of Sexual Imagery After 1960 Art Appreciation
Illinois Institute of Art Chicago Western Art History I and II