Becky Bivens


University of Illinois, Chicago, PhD Student, 2012-Present. Committee: Blake Stimson (chair), S. Elise Archias, Walter Benn Michaels, Annika Marie
University of Chicago, MA in the Humanities with focus in Art History, 2009.
Agnes Scott College, BA in Studio Art, 2007


106 Jefferson Hall

Becky Bivens studies modern art, with a focus in aesthetic theory, affect theory, and mid-century American abstract art and criticism. She has presented at conferences in the States and abroad, most recently "Art History Drunk on Nature: Clement Greenberg and Lawrence Alloway's Pastoral Bacchanalia of the Senses" for UIC's symposium, "Discipline and Doctrine." She is winner of the Provost's Award for dissertation research and the Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts and Humanities Fellowship with Professor Elise Archias for their project, "Beyond the Autonomy/ Relationality Binary." Before coming to UIC, Becky taught interdisciplinary humanities courses, women's studies, and the philosophy of art for the City Colleges of Chicago and history of photography for Columbia College, Chicago. She also worked in curatorial research at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, SculptureCenter, and the Dalton Gallery of Agnes Scott College.

Courses Taught

"Reading and Writing Art Criticism"
"Theory and History of Photography"
"Emotion in Modern and Contemporary Art"