Erin Dickey

About me

Computer knows exactly where each bit of data is stored and how each answer is obtained. Requires outside maintenance.
from Peter D’Agostino and Antonio Muntadas, The Un/necessary Image (New York: Tanam Press, 1982).

I’m a PhD candidate in Art History at UNC-Chapel Hill, writing on the convergence of networked technologies and feminist art in the 1980s. My current research, methodological, and professional interests include: contemporary American, European, and African art, media theory, materiality studies, histories of telecommunications technologies, archival theory and practice, and oral history. At UNC, I have taught ARTH 285: Art after 1960 and ARTH 488: Contemporary African Art.

Most recently, I have worked as the Ackland Art Museum’s Object-Based Teaching Fellow, teaching university classes from a wide range of disciplines using objects from the museum’s collection, and collaborating on and leading virtual public program series during 2020-2021I have also worked as Graduate Fellow for Arts Everywhere, an arts accessibility initiative at UNC. From 2017-2019, I was an independent contractor for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, providing digital asset management services and organizing and overseeing the transcription and online publication of the Archives’ Oral History Program interviews.

I received dual master’s degrees (MA Art History/MS Information Science) at UNC in 2018. As a Fellow in UNC’s IMLS-funded “Learning from Artists’ Archives” program (2015-2018), I co-led studio archiving workshops, developed a studio inventory for Asheville, NC area painter Connie Bostic, helped to design and organize UNC’s March 2017 conference, “Artists Archives in the South,” and conducted a collections assessment with an incipient photographic archive belonging to The Nlele Institute in Lagos, Nigeria. I have also worked for the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library, inventorying, arranging, and describing audio-visual acquisitions, and for Wilson Library’s Technical Services department.

Prior to coming to UNC, I was Development and Outreach Coordinator at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC. From 2010-2012, I conducted interviews and recorded stories and conversations across the U.S. for the national oral history nonprofit StoryCorps. I also hold an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago and received my BA in English and Religious Studies from Boston University.