Amanda Cachia is an independent curator and critic from Sydney, Australia and is currently a PhD candidate in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. She was a 2016 Yale University Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellow and a 2015-2016 UCSD Center for the Humanities Dissertation Writing Workshop Fellow. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Cachia is serving as Lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, California State University Long Beach and Southwestern Community College District. Her dissertation focuses on the politicized choreographic movements of the disabled body in contemporary art. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, issued by the Society for Disability Studies (SDS).
Cachia completed her second Masters degree in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in 2012, and received her first Masters in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2001. Cachia held the position Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 2007-2010, and has curated approximately 40 exhibitions over the last 20 years in various cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada.
Her critical writing has been published in the anthology, Disability and Art History, by Routledge, released in Fall, 2016, numerous exhibition catalogues and art journals including Artforum, CAA Reviews, Canadian Art, Art Monthly Australia and On Curating, and peer-reviewed academic journals such as Design and Culture, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Museums and Social Issues, and The Senses and Society. Forthcoming publications include guest organizing and writing for the Forum “Curating New Openings: Rethinking Diversity in the Gallery” in the College Art Association’s peer-reviewed journal, Art Journal, to be released in September 2017, and chapters in three different interdisciplinary Routledge Companions, including Disability, Space, Architecture: A Reader, due out in March, 2017.
She has participated in numerous international and national conferences and related events within the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and has guest lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, New York University, Goldsmiths College, Sydney College of the Arts, and Maryland Institute College of Art, among others. Cachia has served as a Visiting Critic for the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in NYC, and as a panelist for the Rubin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant and Canada Council for the Arts. She is a dwarf activist and serves on the College Art Association’s (CAA) Committee on Women in the Arts (2017-2020).