Amanda Cachia

Amanda Cachia

Amanda Cachia is an independent curator from Sydney, Australia and is currently a PhD Candidate in ArtHistory, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation will focus on the intersection of disability andcontemporary art. She is the 2014 recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, issued by the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). Cachia completed her second Masters degree in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in 2012, and received her first Masters in Creative Curating fromGoldsmiths College, University of London in 2001.

Cachia held the position Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery inRegina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 2007-2010, and has curated approximately 30exhibitions over the last ten years in various citiesacross the USA, England, Australia and Canada. Her critical writing has been published in numerous exhibition catalogues and art journals including Canadian Art, Art Monthly Australia and On Curating, and peer-reviewed academic journals such as Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse andThe Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. Forthcoming publications include articles in The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and in an edited volume on art history and disability studies to be published by Ashgate Publishing Company in the UK.

She has lectured and participated in numerous international and national conferences and related events within the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and the Gulf, and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant and Canada Council for the Arts. Cachia is a dwarf activist and has been the Chair of the Dwarf ArtistsCoalition for the Little People of America (LPA) since 2007. She also serves on the College Art Association’s (CAA) Committee on Diversity Practices (2014-2017). For more information, visit www.amandacachia.com

Image Credit: "LOUD silence" installation curated by Amanda Cachia, gallery@Calit2, University of California San Diego, Jan 22 - March 13, 2015.

Amanda Cachia stayed at Fire station from March 9th - March 11th 2015.

Soundcloud: Here is an audio file of the March 10th event here at Fire Station Artists' Studios, 'Amanda Cachia in conversation with artist Carmen Papalia', discussing their online exhibition called ‘Marking Blind’ commisioned by Arts & Disability Ireland. https://soundcloud.com/fire-station-studios/amanda-cachi-in-conversation-with-carmen-papalia 

The new edition of‪ ‎CuratedSpace‬ ‪'‎MarkingBlind'‬ is now live at http://www.adiarts.ie/curated-space