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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“Mobile Perception and the Double Aperture: Conceptualism, the Car, and Urban Sprawl.” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. Summer 2011. 2011 - Publication
“The Automobile in Art: From Fetish Object of Delectation to Prosthetic Extension in an Ecological Matrix,” Gijs Mom, Peter Norton, Georgine Clarsen, and Gordon Pirie, Eds. Mobility in History: Themes in Transport. (Neuchâtel, Swizterland: Editions Alphil, 2010) 231-238. 2010 - Publication
“Machismo, Castration, Homophobia: A Progressive Politics of Masculinity in the Work of Gober, Barney, and McCarthy.” thresholds 37. (Spring 2010) 20-30.  2010 - Publication
Thinking Anew the Imitation of Imitating: Armando Romero's Circus, Catalogue essay for Armando Romero: Circus, Tasende Gallery Los Angeles; McKinney Avenue Contemporary Dallas, New York, May-June, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Capturing Language through the Veil: On the Work of Simeen Ishaque in Words Without Voices: Forms Without Bodies, catalog essay for exhibition at McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, September-October, 2008. 2009 - Publication
The Ludic Space of Faith Gay and Ruben Nieto's Work at Centraltrak, brochure essay for Ludic Space, Centraltrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency, September-November 2008. 2009 - Publication
Celebrity Dread: Angst, Fame and the End of Privacy in the Work of James Gilbert, Catalogue essay for The Privacy of Underpants: Work by James Gilbert, PYO Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, October-November 2008. 2009 - Publication
Ultramodern Underground Dallas: Vincent Ponte's Pedestrian-Way as Systematic Solution to the Declining Downtown, Urban History Review/Revue d'histoire urbaine, Vol. XXXVII, No. 2 (Spring 2009, printemps) 18-29. 2009 - Publication
Book Review, Christof Mauch and Thomas Zeller, Eds. The World Beyond the Windshield: Roads and Landscapes in the United States and Europe. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2008. Journal of Transport History. 2008 - Publication
False Space and Time of the Apartment: Art-becoming-Architecture, Architecturebecoming-Art, brochure essay for False Space and Time of the Apartment at Centraltrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency, April-May 2008. 2008 - 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

  • Fluent Collaborative, an on-line art journal,, 2008-present
  • Art Papers, a national art magazine, 2006-present
  • Dallas Morning News, a daily newspaper, 2007-2008
  • Sculpture Magazine, an international art magazine, 2005-present
  • Art Lies, a journal on contemporary art, 2004-present
  •, an on-line art journal,, 2004-present
  • Art News, an international art magazine, 2005-2006
  • Dallas Observer, an alternative news weekly, 2004-2007
  •, an on-line art journal,, 2003
    • French State Vernacular: les grands ensembles and Non-Conformist Modernism, 1930-1973
    • K. Michael Hays, Neil Levine, Jean-Louis Cohen
    • Gérard Monnier, Annie Fourcaut, Bruno Vayssière
    • Space Alienation: An Investigation of Henri Lefebvre's Theory of Social Space
    • Victor Margolin, Peter Hales, Doug Garofalo, Mitchell Schwarzer, R.E. Somol
    • Giuliana Bruno, Professor of Film History and Theory, Department of Visual and
    • Environmental Studies, Harvard University, 1996-2000
    • French: good reading knowledge; good speaking and writing ability
    • German: fair reading and translating ability
    • Society for Architectural Historians, United States; Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, United States; DOCOMOMO, Modern Architectural Consortium, Europe; College Art Association, United States
  • Janis Bergman-Carton, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Division of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, P.O. Box 750356, Dallas, TX, 75275-0356, USA, (214)768.2615,
  • Rick Brettell, Professor of Aesthetic Studies, School of Arts & Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080-3021, (972) 883-2475,
  • Giuliana Bruno, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 496.4287,
  • Deborah Hauptman, Assistant Professor of Architectural Theory, Delft University of Technology, Faculteit Bouwkunde, Berlageweg 1, 2628 CR Delft, The Netherlands, 31 (0),
  • K. Michael Hays, Professor, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA, (617) 495.2337,
  • Adam Herring, Associate Professor of Art History, Division of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, P.O. Box 750356, Dallas, TX, USA, (214) 768.2615,
  • Neil Levine, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA, (617) 495.0775,
  • Chris MacDonald, Chair, School of Architecture, University of British Columbia, Room 402-6333, Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (604) 822.2779,
  • Gijs Mom, Programme Director Mobility History, Eindhoven University of Technology, IPO Building 2.33, PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 40 2475764,
  • Mitchell Schwarzer, Associate Professor of Architectural History and Theory, California College of Arts and Crafts, 450 Irwin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, USA, (415) 703.9531,
  • R. E. Somol, Director of the School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture, 845 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60607, USA, (312) 996.3335,
  • Sarah Whiting, Associate Professor of Architecture, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, NJ, 08544-5264, USA, (609) 258.3741,

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.