2013 Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1999 M.A. Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, NY
1983 B.A. Liberal Arts (Economics), The University of Texas, Austin, TX 1983 B.S. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION Philosophy of Art, Environmental Philosophy, and Action Theory
AREAS OF COMPETENCE Engineering/Design Ethics, Philosophy of Perception, and Moral Philosophy
2020 The Philosophy of Curating: From Work to World (New York: Bloomsbury)
2017 Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies, 1957-2017 (Sittard, NL:
De Domijnen Hegendaagse Kunst)
2016 Patricia Johanson's Environmental Remedies: Connecting Soil to
Water, Sue Spaid (ed.) (Lancaster: Millersville University)
2012 Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots
(Cincinnati: Contemporary Arts Center)
A Field Guide to Patricia Johanson’s Work: Built, Proposed, Collected
and Published (Baltimore: Contemporary Museum)
2002 Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies (Cincinnati: Contemporary
2000 Eileen Cowin: Work 1971-1998 (Pasadena: Armory Center for the Arts)
1995 Under Construction: Rethinking Images of Identity (Pasadena: Armory
Center for the Arts)
2019 Awarded Mondriaan Fonds for Artist Travel, "Fingers Crossed"
2018 The Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment “Special
Commendation” for “Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies,
2017 BankGiro Loterij Fonds, €30.000, “Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform
Ecologies, 1957-2017,” De Domijnen Hegensdaagse Kunst, Sittard, NL
2010 Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Award, $150,000, “Green Acres,”
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
2009 NEA 2010 Grant Award: Access to Artistic Excellence- Visual Arts,
$10,000, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
1999 Pro Helvetia Travel Grant “100 Artists in One Month” $3000
2018 “Cognitive States, Stakeholder Values, and Action,” A-Z Night, Hasselt, BE
2017 “Distinguishing Ecoventions (NL) from ‘Green Design’” ECOWEEK in the
Netherlands, Tilburg, NL
2016 “Exploring ‘Ecovention Europe’” Sculpting Nature: landart, ecoart, bioart,
Verbeke Foundation, BE
2015 “Getting from There to Here” Art of Soil Symposium, CCANW at CREATE,
2011 “Unearthing Artworld Biases Against Art Made with ‘Living Matter’,”
Keynote Address, “Creative Ecologies” residency, Headlands Center for
the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2020 “Mad Men and Pop Art,” Danto Handbook, Lydia Goehr and Jonathan
Gilmore (eds.) (London: Blackwell)
2019 “Surfing the Public Square: On Worldlessness, Social Media, and the
Dissolution of the Polis,” Experience in a New Key, Dorthe Jørgensen
(ed.), Open Philosophy.
“To Be Performed: Recognizing Presentations of Visual Art as
Goodmanean ‘Instances’,” Iris Vidmar and Connell Vaughan (eds),
Proceedings of the 2019 European Society of Aesthetics Meeting.
“Popular Culture and Wellbeing: Teamwork, Action, and Freedom,” Max
Ryynänen and Jozef Kovalcik (eds.), Journal of Somaesthetics. 5:1.
“Book Review: Collaborative Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of
Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 77:3(Summer).
“What’s So Authentic About Restoration?," Aesthetic Investigations, co-
edited with Remei Capdevila-Werning, 2:2, pp. 119-122.
2018 “Are Art and Life Experiences ‘Mostly Perceptual’ or ‘Largely Extra-
perceptual’?” Proceedings of the 2018 European Society of Aesthetics
Meeting. Iris Vidmar and Connell Vaughan (eds)
“Artisanal Soil,” Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the
Anthropocene, Alexandra Toland, Jay Stratton Noller, and Gerd
Wessolek (eds.), (London: CRC Press), .
“The Aesthetic and Material Implications of Ecoventions’ Ongoing
Participatory Demands,” co-authored with Mateusz Salwa,
« PARTICIPATION » Issue, Art Inquiry: Recherches sur les art, Issue
20, pp. 99-119.
“Bellissima!: Reassessing Access to Redress Mass Art,” Max Ryynänen
and Jozef Kovalcik (eds.), Popular Inquiry.
“A Philosophical Approach for Distinguishing ‘Green Design’ from
Environmental Art,” Advancements in the Philosophy of Design, Pieter
Vermaas and Stéphane Vial (eds.) (Dordrecht: Springer)
“Book Review for the Cognitive Penetrability of Perception,” Journal of
Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 76:1(Winter).
2016 “The Kinship Model: Why Biodiverse Cities Matter,” Ana Rita Ferreira
(ed.), Philosophica, 48:2 (Fall)
“Revisiting Ventzislavov’s Thesis ‘Curating Should be Thought of as a Fine
Art’,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism , 74:1 (Winter), pp .87-91.
(co-authored with Jean-François Paquay), “The 0 km Movement:
Everyday Eaters Enjoying Edible Environments,”The Journal of
Somaesthetics, Issue 2.
“Danto’s Artworld: Nine Indiscernible Red Squares and Nine Distinct
Contents,” Arte y Filosofía en Arthur Danto, Sixto J. Castro y Francisca
Pérez Carreño (eds.) (Murcia: Universidad de Murcia).
2015 “The Future of Environmental Art or Reimagining a Sustainable Art
Practice? Real-world Problems,” Sustainable Art: Facing the Need for
Regeneration, Responsibility and Relations, Anna Markowska (ed.)
“Aesthetics is the ‘Philosophy of Our Wordless World,” Aesthetic
“Biodiversity: Regarding Its Role as an Aesthetic Indicator,” Rivista di
Estetica, 59 (02/2015)
2013 “Being Here: Representationally Characterized Events or Not” Arthur Danto
(Carbondale: The Library of Living Philosophers)
2009 “GAC: Four Places, Many Faces, and Thousands of Races”
Guglielmo Achille Cavellini (GAC Foundation: Brescia)
2005 Ruby Osorio (catalog) (St. Louis: Contemporary Art Museum)
2003 "Ecoventions qua an Arendtian Account of Freedom, Action, and Miracles”
Landscape & Art, Number 29, Summer 2003, p. 13-15.
2003 “A Political Life: Open Systems and Arendtian Aesthetics” Ethics & the
Environment, ed. by Chris Cuomo, Indiana University Press, Spring,
2002 “Phenomenological Phoenix” Sharon Ellis (catalog) Long Beach:
Long Beach Museum of Art)
1998 "Beauty as Duty," Less or More, ed. Sylvere Lotringer (Pasadena:Arts
Center College of Design)
2019 “Are Art and Life Experiences “Mostly Perceptual” or “Largely
Extraperceptual,” Poster session, Vision Science and Art Conference,
“Respondent,” American Society for Aesthetics, Phoenix, US.
“Debate with Rossen Ventzislavov,” Woodbury University, Los Angeles,
“To Be Performed: Recognizing Presentations of Visual Art as
Goodmanean ‘Instances’,” European Society of Aesthetics, Warszawa,
“The Aesthetic Enchantment Approach: Gauging Environmental
Wellbeing to Reverse Degradation,” Nordic Society for Aesthetics,
“The Presentation-Reception Model: Performers’ Interpretations ó
Audience Appreciation,” American Society for
Aesthetics-Eastern Division, Philadelphia, US.
2018 “Nochlinean Realism: On Rendering Epistemic and Ethical Values,”
American Society for Aesthetics, Toronto, CA.
“Nude Ascending the Scaffold,” Response to Anne Eaton, American
Society for Aesthetics, Toronto, CA.
“Are Art and Life Experiences “Mostly Perceptual” or “Largely
Extraperceptual,” European Society for Aesthetics, Maribor, SL.
“Ameliorative (Art) Practices: From Ill-being to Well-being (or
Scandal/Push Back),” Nordic Society for Aesthetics, Paris, FR.
“How Ameliorative (Art) Practices Work: Action, Teamwork, and Well-
Being,” Somaesthetics: Between the Human Body and Beyond, Szeged,
“Bellissima! Reassessing Access to Redress Mass Art (from Nirvana to
Mardi Gras),” Aesthetics of Popular Culture, Warsaw, PL.
“Are Curators Artists?” Debate with Rossen Ventzislavov,” Institute for
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US.
2017 “Bellissima! Reassessing Access to Redress Mass Art (from Nirvana to
Mardi Gras),” American Society for Aesthetics, National Meeting, New
“Performing Visual Artworks: An Instance with Every
Presentation,” Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica,
Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL.
“The Strong Mobility Thesis: Re-evaluating Urban Greenspace’s
Productive Capacity,” International Institute of Applied Aesthetics,
2016 “Art Fashion or Art that Prompts Art Responses?,” Respondent to Larry
Shiner’s paper “Is Fashion Art? The Case of Avant-Garde Fashion,”
American Society for Aesthetics, National Meeting, Seattle, WA.
“The Birth of Movements: Historical Twists and Turns,” EASA, Philadelphia,
“Why Environmental Aesthetics Needs both Science and Art,” Zachęta
National Gallery, Warsaw, PL.
2015 “Do Posthumous Productions Count as Finished Artworks?,” American
Society for Aesthetics, National Meeting, Savannah, GA
“Aesthetics of Care,” Feminist Research Today, National Meeting,
“The Birth of Movements,” New Frontiers, SEP-FEP 2015 Conference,
“BiodiverCity: Biodiversity’s Ecological and Aesthetic Dimension for Cities,”
Sustainable City Life, International Institute for Applied Aesthetics,
“Performing Artworks,” plus Chair of “Philosophical Problems Arising from
Studio Practices,” American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Meeting,
2014 “Danto’s ‘Artworld’: Nine Indiscernible Red Squares and Nine Distinct
Contents,” Spanish and Portugese Society of Aesthetics, University
of Valladolid, Valladolid, SP.
“Rethinking Positive Aesthetics: How Nature’s Fans Avoid Becoming its
Foes,” SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference: Philosophy After Nature,
Utrecht University, NL.
"Cartesian Space: Present Before but not to Us" (Respondent to Mary
Wiseman "Violence and Stillness in Art") American Society of
Aesthetics Eastern, Philadelphia PA
2013 “Candidates for Reception” American Society of Aesthetics, National
Meeting, San Diego CA
"The Future of Environmental Art," The 1ST International Nature Art
Curator’s Conference, Seoul, SK
”On Doing Something: Novelty, Irritation and Entropy” Values in the
Environment: Relations and Conflicts, Lahti, FI
“Work, Artworks and Events” American Society of Aesthetics, Eastern
Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
2012 “The Role of Exhibitions in Conceptualizing Artworks,” American Society
of Aesthetics, Eastern Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
2010 “Conditions of Possibility” Respondent to Robert Fudge’s “Rational
Justifiability Approach” American Society of Aesthetics-Eastern
Division Conference, Philadelphia, PA
“Reconfiguring the Global Environmental Justice Paradigm:
Groundwater Justice’s Prior Status” Integrating Development and
Climate Change Ethics, Rock Ethics Institute, Pennsylvania State
University, State College, PA
“Amending Museums’ Biases Against Working Collectively and
Exhibiting Collectives”Collectively Stonybrook University Manhattan,
New York City, NY
“On the Problem of Scrupulosity: Regulation or Reconciliation?” Sects
and Sexuality: Issues of Division and Diversity, Florida State
University, Tallahassee, FL (Temple University Travel Award)
2009 “Rewalking the Public Square: Are Social Networking Sites
(Just) Social?” Hannah Arendt Circle (Temple University Trvl Award)
“Ecoventions qua an Arendtian Account of Freedom, Action and
Miracles” Art + Social Responsibility Conference, University of
Toronto, Toronto Canada (Conference Graduate Student Stipend
2007 “The Science of Art” Environment, Aesthetic Engagement and Public
Sphere: The Stakes in Landscape Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales
et Recomposition des Espaces, Paris, France (Temple University
H art (published 33) International Reviews 2013-2016
ArtUS (published 54 articles) Contributors Board 2003-2012
Art/Text (published 12 articles) Contributing Editor 1999-2003
VILLAGE Voice (published 5 articles) 1999
LA Weekly (published 7 articles) 1997-1998
Art Papers (published 6 articles) 1997-1998
Art in America (published 1 article) 1997
Art issues. (published 3 articles) 1989-1990
Drexel University, Department of English and Philosophy, Philadelphia, PA Winter-Fall 2010
Pennsylvania State University, College of Liberal Arts, Abington, PA Fall 2007-Spring 2008
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Fall 2006-Spring 2008
University of Cincinnati, School of Art, Cincinnati, OH Spring 2004-2006
Salon with Sue Spaid, Cincinnati, OH Fall 2003-Spring 2004
Washington University, St. Louis, MO Fall 2000-Spring 2002
Otis College of Art, Los Angeles CA Spring 1996-Spring 1998
Claremont Graduate School, Claremont CA Fall 1996
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA Spring 1993-Summer 1998
2017 BankGiro Loterij Grant to support "Ecovention Europe" projects, De
Domijnen Hegendaagse Kunst, Sittard, NL
2017 Danish Arts Council, Danish artists exhibiting in "Ecovention Europe."
2015 Mutinous Stars Foundation to support philosophical research
2010 Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Award, $150,000 for “Green Acres,”
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
2009 NEA 2010 Grant Award: Access to Artistic Excellence- Visual Arts, $20,000, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Executive Director contemporary museum Dec 2010-May 2012
Responsible for museum’s day-to-operations, including organizing exhibitions, strategizing and carrying-out fund-raising events, leading seven educational programs, and managing membership and public outreach events.
Curator The Abington Art Center Jenkintown, PA Sept. 2007-2009
Curator The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. October 1999-July 2002
Owner/Director Sue Spaid Fine Art, Los Angeles CA June 1990-January 1995
2017 "Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies," De Domijnen
Hedendaagse Kunst, Sittard, NL
2017 "De Wind Deed Het," Windowbow, Mechelen, BE
2015 "Patricia Johanson's Environmental Remedies: Connecting Soil to Water,"
Millersville University, Millersville, PA
2009 "Microfibers" Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007 "Shrinking Cities" (reconfigured from Detroit shows) for Spaces, Cleveland,
2006 "Mississippi Biennial," Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MI
2005 "View Do" The Suburban, Oak Park, IL
2002 "Beatitudes Betrayed," Mt. Sterling, KY (traveled in KY)
2001 Northwest Pacific Annual, Bellevue, WA
2000 "Still (and All): Eileen Cowin Survey," Armory Center for the Arts,
Pasadena, CA (traveled to UMBC Gallery, Baltimore, Southeast Center
for Photography, Daytona, FL and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati,
2000 "Used and Amused," Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 "Cremolata Flotage" Andrew Barbieri Ferry, New York Harbor, NY
1999 "Surface <=> Structure," Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont University,
1998 "Comestible Compost" Pavilions, West Hollywood, CA
1997 "Individually Twisted" Andrew-Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Working out the Kinks" Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
"Polymorphous Memorialus" Post, Los Angeles, CA
1995 "Strappy Sandals and Skinny Belts," Victoria Room and Push! (traveled to
Murray Feldman Gallery @ Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles)
1995 "Action Station:Exploring Open Systems," Santa Monica Museum of Art,
Santa Monica, CA
1995 "Par Avion," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
"Postmarked LA" PPOW, New York City, NY
"Under Construction: Rethinking Images of Identity," Armory Center for
the Arts, Pasadena, CA
1993 "The Layered Look" Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Appraising the Preternatural" (co-curated with Michael Anderson), Pat
Shea Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1986 "On the Waterfront" Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY