CV

Curriculum Vitae 

MELiNDA GUiLLEN

research areas

postwar american contemporary art, critical and feminist theory, conceptual art, social movements and subcultures, curatorial studies

education

  • University of California, San Diego | Art History, Theory, and Criticism | Ph.D. Candidate | 2012-present
  • University of Southern California | Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere | MA | 2011
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas | Women’s Studies, Sociology | BA | 2008

select curatorial

  • No Longer Extant: artistic production and structural demolition
    • Visual Arts Gallery, Structural & Material Engineering Building | University of California, San Diego | March – April 2015
  • SUBTERRANEA (Co-curated with Elizabeth D. Miller)
    • UCSD Structural & Material Engineering Building, Visual Arts Gallery | October 2013 – January 2014
  • Work After Work (Co-curated with USC MPAS, Class of 2011)
    • MAK Center for Art & Architecture – Mackey Resident Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | April - May 2011
    • Featuring: Michael Asher, Eternal Telethon, Andrea Fraser, Alex Israel, Sharon Lockhart, State of the Arts, Kenneth Tam, Anton Vidokle and Carey Young

panels & presentations

  • “Religion in Drag: The Political Stakes of Dematerialization in Argentina and the United States during the Vietnam War era” | The Transnational 60’s: Concept and Critique panel
    • College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference | New York City | February 2017
  • “If Not Now, When?: Locating Feminism in Social Practice” | Institutionalizing and Self-Institutionalizing Art as Social Practice in the 21st Century
    • Arts in Society Conference  | University of California, Los Angeles  | August 2016
  • “Naming Names: Feminist Revisionism & Socially Engaged Art Criticism”
    •  Open Engagement Conference | Oakland Museum of Art | April 2016
  • “Learning from and Leaving Las Vegas: Cultural Production and So-Called Peripheries”
    • Visiting Artist Lecture | Department of Art | University of Nevada, Las Vegas | March 2015

select writing

  • “Time Spent” in What’s the Use: Constellations of Art, History, and Knowledge – A Critical Reader | Valiz Publishing, Amsterdam | April 2016
  • “To Live and Thrive in LA: Devon Tsuno’s Watershed Duplication” | Exhibition Catalog Essay |Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota | March 2016
  • “Annotated Bibliography to Social Practice in Southern California” introduction to Engagement Party: Social Practice at MOCA, 2008-2012 | Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles | January 2013

academic service

  • Discursive & Curatorial Productions Initiative curator/editor – 2013 - present
  • UCSD Visual Arts Department, Curatorial MA researcher – 2013
  • UCSD Visual Arts Department, MFA/PhD liaison, 2012-2015
  • UNLV Womenʼs Studies Curriculum Committee – member, 2007-2008
  • UNLV Womenʼs Studies Programming Committee – member, 2007-2008
  • National Education for Women in Leadership (NEWL) – fellow,, 2008

awards

  • USC Master of Public Art Studies – Teaching Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • UNLV Audre Lorde Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Womenʼs Studies, 2008
  • UNLV College of Liberal Arts – Deanʼs Honors, 2008
  • Nevada Governorʼs Millennium Scholarship – 2002-2008