Erin Dickey is a PhD student in Art History at UNC-Chapel Hill. She focuses on contemporary art and technology, with specific interests in media theory, histories of telecommunications technologies, visuality, surveillance, and archives. She received dual master’s degrees (MA Art History/MS Information Science) at UNC in 2018. Her Art History master’s thesis, titled “‘The Faster the Machines, the Better the Poetry’: Gebhard Sengmüller’s TV Poetry” examines Vienna-based artist Gebhard Sengmüller’s 1990s multimedia installation TV Poetry as a critical and constructive response to television’s influence in the late twentieth century. Her Information Science master’s thesis, “‘Her Own Version of History’: A Case Study of the Guerrilla Girls Oral Histories at the Archives of American Art,” explores the development of web access policies in oral history archives by focusing on the Smithsonian Archives of American Arts’ 2007-08 interviews with the Guerrilla Girls.
As a Fellow in the IMLS-funded “Learning from Artists’ Archives” program (2015-2017), Erin held a summer internship focusing on digital asset management and the Oral History Program at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, conducted a studio archiving project with Asheville, NC area painter Connie Bostic, and helped to design and organize UNC’s March 2017 conference, “Artists Archives in the South,” as well as two studio archiving training workshops for area artists. Prior to coming to UNC, Erin was Development and Outreach Coordinator at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC. From 2010-2012, she worked as a Mobile Facilitator recording stories and conversations across the U.S. for the national oral history nonprofit StoryCorps.
She also holds an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago and received her BA in English and Religious Studies from Boston University in 2008. She currently works as a Graduate Fellow for UNC’s Arts Everywhere initiative. Erin also works as an independent contractor for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art to provide digital asset management services and to organize and oversee the transcription and online publication of interviews in the Archives’ Oral History Program. Erin freelances as an indexer and archival and curatorial project manager.