Katherine Guinness

is a theorist and historian of contemporary art. She is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Director of Art History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), where she also served as the academic director of the downtown Gallery of Contemporary Art (or GOCA). She received her PhD from the University of Manchester and is the author of the first academic monograph on German artist Rosemarie Trockel, Schizogenesis, which was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2019, and is co-author of The Influencer Factory: A Marxist Theory of Corporate Personhood on YouTube, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2024. She has been a guest editor for Art Journal Open and is the co-founder of FEARS, the Female Emerging Artist Residency Series, at UCCS.

Katherine has taught in a wide range of departments and programs across the globe, including the University of Sydney (where she taught a class in “Digital Arts” in their Digital Cultures program), the University of New South Wales (where she taught Architectural History), North Carolina State University (where she taught in their Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies programs), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where she taught a number of First Year Seminars in Art History). She is interested in many topics within contemporary art, all of which she examines with a feminist lens, and is currently working on projects that include: the relation between anesthetics and the history of aesthetic theory; “zaniness” in contemporary Australian performance and video art; death, immortality and digital media in the work of a number of younger video artists; and a project on the political economy and visual culture of social media influencers.

The above image is a meme by @cyborg.asm on Instagram, referencing the article “Do You Really Want to Live Forever,” which was coauthored with Grant Bollmer. The original meme can be found here and the article can be found here.

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FEARS: The Female Emerging Artists Residency Series

The Female Emerging Artists Residency Series was co-founded and is co-curated by Corey Drieth, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, UCCS Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and Dr. Katherine Guinness, VAPA’s Director of Art History. It features emerging professional artists of merit in residence at GOCA Downtown since 2019.

Click here for more information on the shows that Katherine curated and co-curated as part of FEARS.

The VAPA Swap: Non-Monetary Swap Meet and Art Exchange

The VAPA Swap was a non-monetary art exchange and participatory “happening,” held on September 6, 2019, involving the faculty from UCCS’s Visual Arts and Art History programs in Visual and Performing Arts.

Click here for photographs from the VAPA Swap.