Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room, Crystal Bridges Museum.
Photo: James Glasscock (2022)

Professor, History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture
Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Faculty of Arts
Director, Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory
Co-Director, Faculty of Arts Signature Area in Research-Creation

Office: 3-91 Fine Arts Building

Areas of Teaching and Research

Contemporary Art; Visual and Performance Studies; Gender and Sexuality

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


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

Natalie Loveless ( is Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory in the Department of Art & Design, and Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Alberta (ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ /Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty Six territory and Métis Region 4), where she directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory and co-leads the Faculty of Arts’ Signature Area in Research-Creation ( She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists), the author of How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke UP 2019), editor of Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press 2019), co-editor of Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem (Intellect Press 2020), and the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Performance Art.

Regularly Taught Courses: Themes in Contemporary Art; Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Culture; Art and Social Justice; Introduction to Performance Art, Art and the Anthropocene; and The Content of the Form.

Dr. Loveless is happy to supervise students interested in contemporary art with a focus on social and climate justice, gender and sexuality, and performance-based practices, especially students who investigate these topics from multispecies, antiracist, psychoanalytic, queer, and feminist perspectives. Research-creation applicants must have a strong commitment to history and theory, in addition to practice.

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