Position title: MA Student
Becca Owen (they/them pronouns) is a M.A. student in Gender and Women’s studies and a Ph.D. student in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their work focuses on modern to contemporary art and visual culture, queer and trans theory, and institutional critique. Becca is a Curatorial Assistant at the Chazen Museum of Art and a Project Assistant in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, where they manage the social media and website of UW’s Disability Studies Initiative. Becca received a B.A. in art history, visual culture, and queer studies from Sarah Lawrence College in 2018.
Across their curatorial and critical work, Becca approaches modern and contemporary art from a queer perspective with the primary aim of making substantial changes to museum practices. Their work explores the theoretical, conceptual, and identity-based concerns that are central to art’s exhibition in modern and contemporary eras. They believe that an interdisciplinary approach to arts public engagement is essential to the capacity to do institution-altering work as an anti-racist, decolonial, feminist, and queer arts professional.