Charissa Terranova

Professor - Arts And Humanities
Tags: Art History AHST HUAS

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Architectural History and Theory
Harvard University - 2004
M.A. - Architectural History and Theory
Harvard University - 2001
M.A. - Art History
University of Illinois at Chicago - 1996
B.A. - Art History
University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 1992

Research Areas

Biotechne: Interthinking Art, Science, and Design
Coedited book series at Bloomsbury
D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's Generative Influences in Art, Design, and Architecture From Forces to Forms (2021)
New anthology about Scottish zoologist D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson coedited with Ellen K. Levy
Art as Organism: Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image (2016)
Monograph about the role of biology in the development of the digital image in art.
The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016)
An anthology of text coedited with Meredith Tromble about biology in the history, theory, and practice of art and architecture.
Automotive Prosthetic: Technological Mediation and the Car in Conceptual Art (2014)
A new media perspective on conceptual art.
A special issue of Technoetic Arts on “complexism” (2016)
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“Systems and Automatisms: Jack Burnham, Stanley Cavell, and the Dialectic of Contemporary Art,” forthcoming in Leonardo spring 2014 forthcoming - Publication
Automotive Prosthetic: Conceptual Art, The Car, and Technological Mediation, 1951- Present, forthcoming fall 2013 from the University of Texas Press 2013 - Publication
“The Scarcity Aesthetic: Art, Design, and Population when Systems Fail,” Proceedings of  the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 101st Annual Meeting. March 2013. 2013 - Publication
The Scarcity Aesthetic: Art, Design, and Population when Systems Fail, submitted for inclusion in an edited volume, edited by George Sochan and published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing, winter 2013 2013 - Publication
“Hummer: The Cultural Militarism of Art Based on the SUV,” forthcoming in Inside Mobility (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012). 2012 - Publication
Software: Jack Burnham and the Medium as System. Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 100th Annual Meeting. Feb. 2012. 2012 - Publication
Haptic Unconscious: A Prehistory of Affectivity in Moholy-Nagys Pedagogy at the New Bauhaus. Touch and Go issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Eds.,Irini Papadimitriou and Jonathan Munro. (2012) Vol. 18, No. 3: 226-237. 2012 - Publication
“The Gestalt of STREET TEAM: Guerrilla Tactics, GIFs, and the Museum,” Touch and Go issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Eds, Irini Papadimitriou and Jonathan Munro. (2012) Vol. 18, No. 3: 238-241. 2012 - Publication
“The Image of the Skin Fetish: The Automobile in the Work of Richard Prince.” Forthcoming in The International Journal of the Image. Fall 2011. 2011 - Publication
Richard Princes Car Fetish: Fetishising as Othering and White Trash Landscapes, Transmission Annual: Provocation. Eds., Michael Corris, Jaspar Joseph-Lester, Sharon Kivland. London: Artwords Press, 2011. 78-91. 2011 - Publication


Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies
The University of Texas at Dallas [2007–Present]
Southern Methodist University [2005–2005]
Assistant Professor
Southern Methodist University [2005–2007]
Visiting Assistant Professor
Southern Methodist University [2004–2005]
Boston Architecture Center [2003–2003]
Harvard University Summer School [2002–2004]
Harvard University Summer School [2002–2004]
Sessional Lecturer
of British Columbia [2001–2002]
Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
University of TX, Dallas [2019–Present]


Collecting and Collectivity: The Enigmatic Dialectic of Dallas
2006–2006 La Reunion Artists Residency Program, Dallas, Texas, September 28, 2006
Fabric, Fashion and the Fold in Architecture
2007–2007 Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, Texas, April 26, 2007
The Modernism of the Ranch House: The Significance of the Housing Stock of Richardson, Texas
2009–2009 Presentation to the Heights Park Neighborhood Group, Richardson, Texas, January 15, 2009
Technocratic Aesthetics: Pragmatic Planning and Modern Housing in Postwar France, 1945-1975
2006–2006 International Planning History Conference, New Delhi, India, December 11-14, 2006
Mobile Perception, the Double Aperture and Conceptual Art 1965-1974
2007–2007 Fifth Annual Conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic & Mobility, T2M Association, Helmond, The Netherlands, 25-28 October, 2007

Additional Information

  • Curator, Transitive Pairings: Body Object, Centraltrak, Dallas, Texas, February-April 2010
  • Co-curator with Stephen Eisenman, Professor of Art History, Northwestern University, States of Exception, Centraltrak, Dallas, Texas, November 2009-February 2010
  • Curator, Peter Barrickmann: New Work; Mary Benedicto and Keri Oldham in Project Spaces, Centraltrak, Dallas Texas, September-November 2009
  • Curator, Obscure Couture/Tigersprung, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, May-June, 2009
  • Curator, Ludic Space: Faith Gay and Ruben Nieto, Centraltrak, Dallas, Texas, September 20-November 20, 2008
  • Curator, Geomorph: Rethinking Landscape, Centraltrak, Dallas, Texas, August 16-September 15, 2008
  • Curator, False Space and Time of the Apartment, Centraltrak, Dallas, Texas, April 19-June 3, 2008
  • Co-Curator with Noah Simblist, Collecting and Collectivity, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, February 15-March 15, 2008
  • Co-Curator with John Pomara, Object: Objectivity Objecthood Objectification, Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery, University of Texas, Dallas, January 12 – February 16, 2007
  • Curator, Urbanisms of Risk: Economies of Technology, War and World in Art, Architecture and the City, Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery, University of Texas, Dallas, January 10 – February 12, 2005
  • Curator, Dudley House Galleries, Harvard University, (1999-2000), Shows Curated: No Parking Tonight, Installation by Pierre Giner, in collaboration with the French Embassy,
  • Boston, September 16-25, 2000; Breakdown, Photographs by Caleb Smith, March 25-May 5, 2000; Recent Work, Drawings by Thomas Adams, March 10-April 22, 2000,
  • Strategies for Remembering: What is Resistance? Video installation by Ana Miljacki, February 18-26, 2000; Collateral: Images from Kosovo, Photographs by Andrew Herscher, February 4-March 15, 2000

News Articles

Charissa Terranova Named Director of Central Track: The UT Dallas Artists Residency
An internationally known scholar of modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Charissa Terranova, , has been named both director of Central Track: The UT Dallas Artists Residency and assistant professor of aesthetic studies in the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas.  

An experimental endeavor, the artists residency at UT Dallas was founded in collaboration with South Side on Lamar in 2001.  It was the first program of its kind in North Texas, modeled after such prestigious residencies as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Artpace in San Antonio and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.