Art & Design

Natalie Loveless

Assistant Professor, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (HADVC)

Office: 3-85 Fine Arts Building
Phone: (780) 492-1816

Areas of Teaching and Research

Visual and Performance Studies; Psychoanalysis; Literary, Feminist and Queer Theory; Gender and Sexuality; Radical and Critical Pedagogy; Feminist Art; New Genres; Intervention; Performance and Action Art; Art as Social Practice; Practice-Led Research and Research-Creation

Natalie Loveless with Donna Haraway, keynote speaker for the 2014 'Think Tank', "Knowings and Knots: Methodologies + Ecologies in Research Creation."


PhD (History of Consciousness/History of Art and Visual Culture), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010; MFA (Interdisciplinary Studio/Performance Art), School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2004; MA (Contemporary Art History and Theory), Tufts University, 2004

Natalie specializes in feminist and performance art history, art as social practice, the pedagogical/dialogic turn, and artistic research methodologies (research-creation). Her dialogic and instruction-based wall-drawing installations, performance actions, and video works have been presented in festivals, galleries and artist-run centers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Curatorial projects include: Participatory Dissent at the Western Front/LIVE Biennial, Vancouver, 2008; Intervene, Interrupt: Rethinking Art as Social Practice at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008; New Maternalisms, presented and produced by FADO Performance Art, Toronto, 2012; New Maternalisms - Chile at the Museo d’Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, 2014; and New Maternalisms Redux at the FAB Gallery, Edmonton, 2016 ( Recent symposia and colloquia organized include: Researching Research-Creation (Nov 2013); Knowings and Knots: Epistemologies and Methodologies in Research-Creation (March 2014, with Dr. Donna Haraway as keynote); and Mapping the Maternal: Art, Ethics, and the Anthropocene (co-organized with Dr. Sheena Wilson, with Prof. Griselda Pollock as keynote). She has held research fellowships at the Center for the Humanities at Utrecht University and the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine and is currently working on Maternal Ecologies (, a research-creation project funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada); a book on Art and/as Research; a chapter on feminist art and the maternal for the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Feminist Art Practice and Theory; and a three-year project funded by the Research Council of Norway, co-directed with Steven Hoffman of the Global Strategy Lab at University of Ottawa and Sean Caulfield, Centennial Professor at the University of Alberta. This latter is an international collaborative project bringing art-based researchers together with health-policy academics and activists around the issue of vaccines and the public; it will culminate in an exhibition at the UNAIDS building in Geneva ( Natalie directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory at the UofA (, whose theme for 2016-2017 is "Arts and the Anthropocene." For more information on current and past activities please visit:

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