Katie Anania

Katie Anania

Assistant Professor of Art History (Modern and Contemporary)
PhD 2016 University of Texas at Austin
MA 2009 University of Texas at Austin
BA 2006 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Katie Anania specializes in modern and contemporary art of the Americas, with an emphasis on temporary and minor works like drawings, letters, tents, mobile clinics, packaging, and food. As a 2020 faculty fellow at the Doherty Water for Food Institute at UNL, she uses multiple theoretical approaches, including blended methods in the environmental humanities, to investigate the ways that artworks act on the body to create new relationships between human beings and their surroundings. Before coming to UNL, she was a Wallace Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

Her current book project, Out of Paper: Drawing, Environment, and the Body in 1960s America, shows how drawing shifted from a private practice to a public one in the 1960s and 70s. Out of Paper argues that the paper surface gave artists a way to explore new notions of what was natural and knowable. Dr. Anania has recently presented research on design ethics and U.S.-Mexico border infrastructure. She also writes about queer, feminist, and hemispheric art and design for Artforum, Slate, and The Brooklyn Rail. In 2014, she co-founded the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco dedicated to supporting artworks critical of gentrification. She is the treasurer of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians, an affiliate society of the College Art Association.

Recent and forthcoming publications:
  • “Quick Studies: A Queer Reading of Kimon Nicolaides’s The Natural Way to Draw,” Archives of American Art Journal, fall 2020 (forthcoming)
  • “Walk With Me: William Anastasi’s Stenography of the Street,” Panorama 5.1 (Spring 2019).
  • “Alberto Burri’s Mixoblack series,” in Lyn Boland, ed., Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller de Gráfica Mexicana. Athens, GA: Georgia Museum of Art, 2016.
  • Introduction to “Sister Apple, Sister Pig: Speculative Annotations,” with Mary Walling-Blackburn, e-flux Journal #53 (March 2014).