A Nuclear Happening at Site A (2013)

 Alicia Chester 

Photographic media artist
Arts and culture writer
PhD candidate in visual and cultural studies
at the University of Rochester
"Study Nature, Not Books:
A Genealogy of Photography
from Psychiatric Portraiture to Brain Imaging"
Upcoming exhibition:
At, For, By, Of, About
group exhibition of work by ACRE alumni in
Artists Run Chicago 2.0 at the Hyde Park Art Center
*Postponed due to COVID-19


Fall 2018-Spring 2020

Nitrate Picture Show film festival archival researcher and volunteer coordinator, conduct long-term project research, write texts for the Dryden Theatre, inspect archived nitrate motion picture film

Fall 2020

Create and teach an introductory topics course in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies: 

“Robot Love: Decoding Gender in Technology” (GSWS 100) questions assumptions underlying how technology is built and operates regarding gender, race, and sexual orientation. It examines the relationship of technology to society and our everyday, embodied lives while also considering cultural imagination about technology and its oppressive or emancipatory possibilities.


Reviewed exhibitions and interviewed artists.


Dissertation in progress

Study Nature, Not Books: A Genealogy of Photography from Psychiatric Portraiture to Brain Imaging

Research interests: Photography history and theory, media archaeology, science and technology studies, medical humanities, modern and contemporary art


Trains humanities PhD students to integrate digital technologies into innovative research programs

Research assistantships

Architectural Biometrics, principal investigator Dr. Peter Christensen

The Lazarus Project, principal investigator Dr. Gregory Heyworth


Taught five sections per year of digital photography and supervised independent study students


Position funded by the Donnelley Foundation to research and write texts on artists and artworks in the permanent collection and Midwest Photographers Project to be published online in the collections database




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