Highlights

EDUCATION 
2013 Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA                           1999 M.A. Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, NY                      
1983 B.A. Liberal Arts (Economics), The University of Texas, Austin, TX           1983 B.S. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin, TX

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION Philosophy of Art, Environmental Philosophy, and Action Theory
 
AREAS OF COMPETENCE Engineering/Design Ethics, Philosophy of Perception, and Moral Philosophy
 
PUBLISHED BOOKS
2020 The Philosophy of Curatorial Practice: Between Work and World (London:
           Bloomsbury Academic)
2017 Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies, 1957-2017  (Sittard, NL:
           De Domijnen Hegendaagse Kunst)
2016 Patricia Johanson's Environmental Remedies: Connecting Soil to
           Water
, Sue Spaid (ed.) (Lancaster: Millersville University) 
2012 Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots     
          
(Cincinnati: Contemporary Arts Center)
         A Field Guide to Patricia Johanson’s Work: Built, Proposed, Collected
            and Published
(Baltimore: Contemporary Museum)
2002 Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies (Cincinnati: Contemporary
           Arts Center)   
2000 Eileen Cowin: Work 1971-1998 (Pasadena: Armory Center for the Arts)
1995 Under Construction: Rethinking Images of Identity (Pasadena: Armory
         Center for the Arts)

AWARDS/GRANTS
2019 Awarded Mondriaan Fonds for Artist Travel, "Fingers Crossed" 
2018 The Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment “Special
         Commendation” for “Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies,
         1957-2017.”
2017 BankGiro Loterij Fonds, €30.000, “Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform
         Ecologies, 1957-2017,” De Domijnen Hegensdaagse Kunst, Sittard, NL
         Danish Arts Council, funding Danish artists in “Ecovention Europe”.
2015 Mutinous Stars Foundation to support philosophical research.
2010 Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Award, $150,000, “Green Acres,”
         Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
        NEA Grant Award: Access to Artistic Excellence- Visual Arts,
         $15,000, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
2003 Awarded "Environment- Design Distinction" for "Ecovention," I.D. Magazine
1999 Pro Helvetia Travel Grant “100 Artists in One Month” $3000

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
2018 “Cognitive States, Stakeholder Values and Action,” A-Z Night, Hasselt, BE
2017 “Distinguishing Ecoventions from ‘Green Design’” ECOWEEK in the
           Netherlands
, Tilburg, NL
2016 “Exploring ‘Ecovention Europe’” Sculpting Nature: landart, ecoart, bioart,
           Verbeke Foundation, BE
2015 “Getting from There to Here” Art of Soil Symposium, CCANW at CREATE,
           Bristol, UK
2011 “Unearthing Artworld Biases Against Art Made with ‘Living Matter’,”
           Keynote Address, “Creative Ecologies” residency, Headlands Center for
           the Arts, Sausalito, CA

SELECTED PHILOSOPHY PUBLICATIONS    
2020    “Mad Men and Pop Art,” Danto Handbook, Lydia Goehr and Jonathan
               Gilmore (eds.) (London: Blackwell)
           “The Aesthetic Enchantment Approach: From ‘Troubled’ to ‘Engaged’
               Beauty,” Journal of Somaesthetics, 6:1.
           "Tying Climate Justice to Hydrological Justice," Rivista di Estetica, Davide
               Palo and Carlo Burelli, eds., July.  
2019    “Surfing the Public Square: On Worldlessness, Social Media, and the 
                Dissolution of the Polis,” Experience in a New Key, Dorthe Jørgensen
                (ed.), Open Philosophy.                                
            “To Be Performed: Recognizing Presentations of Visual Art as
                 Goodmanean ‘Instances’,” Iris Vidmar and Connell Vaughan (eds),
                 Proceedings of the 2019 European Society of Aesthetics Meeting.    
           “Popular Culture and Wellbeing: Teamwork, Action, and Freedom,” Max
                Ryynänen and Jozef Kovalcik (eds.),  Journal of Somaesthetics. 5:1.
           “Book Review: Collaborative Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of
                Aesthetics and Art Criticism
, 77:3(Summer). 
            Co-authored with Remei Capdevila-Werning,  “What’s So Authentic
                 About Restoration?," Aesthetic Investigations, 2:2, pp. 119-122.
2018     “Are Art and Life Experiences ‘Mostly Perceptual’ or ‘Largely Extra-
               perceptual’?” Proceedings of the 2018 European Society of Aesthetics
               Meeting.
Iris Vidmar and Connell Vaughan (eds)  
           “Artisanal Soil,” Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the
              Anthropocene
, Alexandra Toland, Jay Stratton Noller, and Gerd
              Wessolek (eds.), (London: CRC Press), .  
           “The Aesthetic and Material Implications of Ecoventions’ Ongoing 
              Participatory Demands,” co-authored with Mateusz Salwa, 
              « PARTICIPATION » Issue, Art Inquiry: Recherches sur les art, Issue 
              20, pp. 99-119.
         “Bellissima!: Reassessing Access to Redress Mass Art,” Max Ryynänen 
              and Jozef Kovalcik (eds.), Popular Inquiry. 
         “A Philosophical Approach for Distinguishing ‘Green Design’ from
             Environmental Art,” Advancements in the Philosophy of Design, Pieter
             Vermaas and Stéphane Vial (eds.) (Dordrecht: Springer)  
         “Book Review for the Cognitive Penetrability of Perception,” Journal of
             Aesthetics and Art Criticism
, 76:1(Winter).
2016 “The Kinship Model: Why Biodiverse Cities Matter,” Ana Rita Ferreira
             (ed.), Philosophica, 48:2 (Fall)
         “Revisiting Ventzislavov’s Thesis ‘Curating Should be Thought of as a Fine
             Art’,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism , 74:1 (Winter), pp .87-91.
         Co-authored with Jean-François Paquay, “The 0 km Movement:
             Everyday Eaters Enjoying Edible Environments,”The Journal of
             Somaesthetics
, Issue 2.
         “Danto’s Artworld: Nine Indiscernible Red Squares and Nine Distinct
              Contents,” Arte y Filosofía en Arthur Danto, Sixto J. Castro y Francisca
             Pérez Carreño (eds.) (Murcia: Universidad de Murcia).
2015 “The Future of Environmental Art or Reimagining a Sustainable Art 
             Practice? Real-world Problems,” Sustainable Art: Facing the Need for
             Regeneration, Responsibility and Relations
, Anna Markowska (ed.)
             (Warsaw-Toruń:Tako Publishing)
         “Aesthetics is the ‘Philosophy of Our Wordless World,” Aesthetic
             Investigations,
1:1
         “Biodiversity: Regarding Its Role as a Bio-indicator for Human Cultural
             Engagement,” Rivista di Estetica, 59 (02/2015), pp. 116-130.
2013 “Being Here: Representationally Characterized Events or Not” Arthur Danto
           
 (Carbondale: The Library of Living Philosophers)
2009 “GAC: Four Places, Many Faces, and Thousands of Races” 
              Guglielmo Achille Cavellini
(GAC Foundation: Brescia)
2005 Ruby Osorio (catalog) (St. Louis: Contemporary Art Museum)
2003 "Ecoventions qua an Arendtian Account of Freedom, Action, and Miracles” 
              Landscape & Art, Number 29, Summer 2003, p. 13-15. 
2003 “A Political Life: Open Systems and Arendtian Aesthetics” Ethics & the
              Environment
, ed. by Chris Cuomo, Indiana University Press, Spring,
              pp. 93-101.
2002 “Phenomenological Phoenix” Sharon Ellis (catalog) Long Beach: 
              Long Beach Museum of Art)
1998 "Beauty as Duty," Less or More, ed. Sylvere Lotringer (Pasadena:Arts  
              Center College of Design)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS      
2019  “Are Art and Life Experiences “Mostly Perceptual” or “Largely
              Extraperceptual,” Poster session, Vision Science and Art Conference,
              KU Leuven.
         “Respondent,” American Society for Aesthetics, Phoenix, US.
         “Debate with Rossen Ventzislavov,” Woodbury University, Los Angeles, 
              CA.
          “To Be Performed: Recognizing Presentations of Visual Art as 
              Goodmanean ‘Instances’,” European Society of Aesthetics, Warszawa,
              PL.
          “The Aesthetic Enchantment Approach: Gauging Environmental
              Wellbeing to Reverse Degradation,” Nordic Society for Aesthetics,
              Helsinki, FI.  
          “The Presentation-Reception Model: Performers’ Interpretations ó
              Audience Appreciation,” American Society for
              Aesthetics-Eastern Division, Philadelphia, US.
  2018 “Nochlinean Realism: On Rendering Epistemic and Ethical Values,”
              American Society for Aesthetics, Toronto, CA. 
          “Nude Ascending the Scaffold,” Response to Anne Eaton, American
             Society for Aesthetics, Toronto, CA.  
          “Are Art and Life Experiences “Mostly Perceptual” or “Largely
             Extraperceptual,” European Society for Aesthetics, Maribor, SL.
          “Ameliorative (Art) Practices: From Ill-being to Well-being (or
             Scandal/Push Back),” Nordic Society for Aesthetics, Paris, FR.
          “How Ameliorative (Art) Practices Work: Action, Teamwork, and Well-
             Being,” Somaesthetics: Between the Human Body and Beyond, Szeged,
             HU.
          “Bellissima! Reassessing Access to Redress Mass Art (from Nirvana to
              Mardi Gras),” Aesthetics of Popular Culture, Warsaw, PL.
          “Are Curators Artists?” Debate with Rossen Ventzislavov,” Institute for
              Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US.     
 2017 “Bellissima! Reassessing Access to Redress Mass Art (from Nirvana to
              Mardi Gras),” American Society for Aesthetics, National Meeting, New
              Orleans, LA.
         “Performing Visual Artworks: An Instance with Every
               Presentation,”  Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica,
               Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL.
         “The Strong Mobility Thesis: Re-evaluating Urban Greenspace’s
               Productive Capacity,” International Institute of Applied Aesthetics,
               Lahti, FI.
2016 “Art Fashion or Art that Prompts Art Responses?,” Respondent to Larry
               Shiner’s paper “Is Fashion Art? The Case of Avant-Garde Fashion,”
               American Society for Aesthetics, National Meeting, Seattle, WA.
        “The Birth of Movements: Historical Twists and Turns,” EASA, Philadelphia,
                US.
        “Why Environmental Aesthetics Needs both Science and Art,” Zachęta
                National Gallery, Warsaw, PL.  
2015 “Do Posthumous Productions Count as Finished Artworks?,” American
                Society for Aesthetics, National Meeting, Savannah, GA
         “Aesthetics of Care,” Feminist Research Today, National Meeting,
                Savannah, GA
         “The Birth of Movements,” New Frontiers, SEP-FEP 2015 Conference,
                Dundee, UK
         “BiodiverCity: Biodiversity’s Ecological and Aesthetic Dimension for Cities,”
                Sustainable City Life, International Institute for Applied Aesthetics,
                Lahti, FI
         “Performing Artworks,” plus Chair of “Philosophical Problems Arising from
                Studio Practices,” American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Meeting, 
                Philadelphia, PA
2014  “Danto’s ‘Artworld’: Nine Indiscernible Red Squares and Nine Distinct
               Contents,” Spanish and Portugese Society of Aesthetics, University
               of Valladolid, Valladolid, SP.
          “Rethinking Positive Aesthetics: How Nature’s Fans Avoid Becoming its
               Foes,” SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference: Philosophy After Nature,
               Utrecht University, NL.
           "Cartesian Space: Present Before but not to Us" (Respondent to Mary
               Wiseman "Violence and Stillness in Art") American Society of
               Aesthetics Eastern, Philadelphia PA
2013    “Candidates for Reception” American Society of Aesthetics, National
               Meeting, San Diego CA 
           "The Future of Environmental Art," The 1ST International Nature Art
                Curator’s Conference
, Seoul, SK
           ”On Doing Something: Novelty, Irritation and Entropy” Values in the
                Environment: Relations and Conflicts
, Lahti, FI
            “Work, Artworks and Events” American Society of Aesthetics, Eastern
                 Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
2012     “The Role of Exhibitions in Conceptualizing Artworks,” American Society
                 of Aesthetics, Eastern Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
2010     “Conditions of Possibility” Respondent to Robert Fudge’s “Rational
                 Justifiability Approach” American Society of Aesthetics-Eastern
                 Division Conference, Philadelphia, PA
             “Reconfiguring the Global Environmental Justice Paradigm:
                 Groundwater Justice’s Prior Status” Integrating Development and
                 Climate Change Ethics, 
Rock Ethics Institute, Pennsylvania State
                 University, State College, PA
             “Amending Museums’ Biases Against Working Collectively and
                 Exhibiting Collectives”Collectively Stonybrook University Manhattan,
                 New York City, NY
             “On the Problem of Scrupulosity: Regulation or Reconciliation?” Sects
                 and Sexuality: Issues of Division and Diversity,
Florida State
                 University, Tallahassee, FL (Temple University Travel Award)
2009      “Rewalking the Public Square: Are Social Networking Sites
                 (Just) Social?” Hannah Arendt Circle (Temple University Trvl Award)
              “Ecoventions qua an Arendtian Account of Freedom, Action and
                 Miracles” Art + Social Responsibility Conference, University of
                 Toronto, Toronto Canada (Conference Graduate Student Stipend
                 Award)
2007      “The Science of Art” Environment, Aesthetic Engagement and Public
                 Sphere: The Stakes in Landscape
Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales 
                 et Recomposition des Espaces, Paris, France (Temple University
                 Travel Award) 

ART CRITICISM                
H art    (published 37) International Reviews            2013-2020
ArtUS (published 54 articles) Contributors Board       2003-2012
Art/Text (published 12 articles) Contributing Editor  1999-2003 
VILLAGE Voice (published 5 articles)                                1999
LA Weekly  (published 7 articles)                             1997-1998
Art Papers  (published 6 articles)                             1997-1998
Art in America (published 1 article)                                 1997 
Art issues.   (published 3 articles)                            1989-1990

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA                                Winter-Fall 2010 
Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA          Fall 2007-Spring 2008 
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.                      Fall 2006-Spring 2008 
University of Cincinnati, School of Art, Cinti, OH          Spring 2004-2006                                                              
Salon with Sue Spaid, Cincinnati, OH                    Fall 2003-Spring 2004
Washington University, St. Louis, MO                    Fall 2000-Spring 2002
Otis College of Art, Los Angeles CA                  Spring 1996-Spring 1998
Claremont Graduate School, Claremont CA                              Fall 1996
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA    Spring 1993-Summer 1998

ARTWORLD EXPERIENCE
Executive Director contemporary museum, Baltimore Dec 2010-May 2012 
    Responsible for museum’s day-to-operations, including organizing exhibitions,
    strategizing and carrying-out fund-raising events, leading seven educational
    programs, and managing membership and public outreach events.  
Curator  The Abington Art Center, Jenkintown PA  Sept 2007-2009                                                        
Curator The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH October 1999-July 2002                                         
Owner/Director Sue Spaid Fine Art, Los Angeles CA June 1990-January 1995                                                

INDEPENDENT CURATOR
2019 "Fingers Crossed: Ahora, Ayer y mal vez Mañana,” co-curated with Blanca
         de la Torre, ADN Platform, Barcelona, ES
        "What's More Real then Flesh?," Nan Rae Gallery, Woodbury University,
         Burbank, US
        "Climate Surprise," Windowbox, Mechelen, BE 
2018"KunstÖkologie," co-curated with Ute Ritschel, Internationalen Kunstpfad,
         Bessunger Forest, Darmstadt, DE
        "Ecovention Europe (Portable Version), IWZ Galerie, Darmstadt, DE
2017 "Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies," De Domijnen
          Hedendaagse Kunst, Sittard, NL
        "De Wind Deed Het," Windowbox, Mechelen, BE
2015 "Patricia Johanson's Environmental Remedies: Connecting Soil to Water,"
          Millersville University, Millersville, PA
2012 “Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots.” 
          Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.
2009 "Microfibers" Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007 "Shrinking Cities" (reconfigured from Detroit shows) for Spaces, Cleveland,
          OH
2006 "Mississippi Biennial," Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MI
2005 "View Do" The Suburban, Oak Park, IL
2002 "Beatitudes Betrayed," Mt. Sterling, KY (traveled in KY)
2001 "Northwest Pacific Annual," Bellevue, WA
2000 "Still (and All): Eileen Cowin Survey," Armory Center for the Arts, 
          Pasadena, CA (traveled to UMBC Gallery, Baltimore, Southeast Center  
          for Photography, Daytona, FL and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati,
          OH) 
2000 "Used and Amused," Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 "Cremolata Flotage" Andrew Barbieri Ferry, New York Harbor, NY
1999 "Surface <=> Structure," Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont University,
          Claremont, CA
1998 "Comestible Compost" Pavilions, West Hollywood, CA
1997 "Individually Twisted" Andrew-Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
        "Working out the Kinks" Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
         "Polymorphous Memorialus" Post, Los Angeles, CA
1995  "Strappy Sandals and Skinny Belts," Victoria Room and Push! (traveled to
           Murray Feldman Gallery @ Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles)
1995 "Action Station:Exploring Open Systems," Santa Monica Museum of Art,
           Santa Monica, CA
1995 "Par Avion," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
         "Postmarked LA" PPOW, New York City, NY
         "Under Construction: Rethinking Images of Identity," Armory Center for   
            the Arts, Pasadena, CA
1993 "The Layered Look" Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
         "Appraising the Preternatural" (co-curated with Michael Anderson), Pat 
            Shea Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1986 "On the Waterfront" Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY