Deanna Ledezma


Master of Arts in Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012 Master’s Thesis: “This Memento Strangely Fair: Hairwork Jewelry in America”
Bachelor of Arts in Art, Emphasis in Art History, Texas State University, 2010
Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Media Studies, Texas State University, 2009


Deanna Ledezma studies the history and theory of photography and the material culture of memory in the United States. Her dissertation examines the materiality of photography in domestic contexts and the re-photographing of such arrangements by practitioners of early snapshot photography as well as in the work of John Collier, Jr. and Louis Carlos Bernal, among others. She has presented her scholarship at conferences organized by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association on topics ranging from domestic altars to the Relic House to the sculptures of contemporary artist Dario Robleto. She participated in Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening: A Group Exhibition about Plants (Sector 2337) as a collaborative artist, performative lecturer of “Little History of Plant Photography,” and author of the autoethnographic essay “Arrangements” in the forthcoming catalog. At Inert but Sentient Love, the first installment of the Expanded Art History for Plants lecture series at the UIC Greenhouse, she gave a talk titled “From Hand to Hand, to Have and to Hold: Collecting Photographs of the Meyer Sisters." During her graduate studies, she was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship (2011–2012; 2013–2014) and the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship. She has also worked as a curatorial research intern in American Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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