Amanda Cachia received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego in Spring, 2017, and is an independent curator and critic from Sydney, Australia. She is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History at Moreno Valley College in the Riverside Community College District in Southern California and the Director of the Moreno Valley College Art Gallery, scheduled to open in Spring 2020. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art; curatorial studies; disability studies; performance, choreography and politics; activist art and museum access; and phenomenology. She was the recipient of the California College of the Arts 2018 VisCrit Alumni Award, was a 2016 Yale University Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellow and was the recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, issued by the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) in 2014.
Previously the Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Saskatchewan, Canada, Cachia has curated approximately 40 exhibitions, many of which contain social justice themes and content. In Fall, 2019, Cachia will curate Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, for the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where six international artists have been invited to consider how “hysterical” gestures can work to subvert, undo, transform and re-imagine the body and language. This project is being supported by a $178,000 grant from the “New Chapter” fund at the Canada Council for the Arts.
Her critical writing has been published in the following five anthologies: Disability and Art History; Disability, Space, Architecture: A Reader; The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies; The Routledge Companion of Disability Arts, Culture, and Media; and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: Looking Towards the Future Volume 2. In addition, her writing has appeared in 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 Art Journal, Design and Culture, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Museums and Social Issues, and The Senses and Society. She has also contributed an entry to Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies focusing on disability and contemporary art.
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 disability arts consultant for the Metropolitan Museum in New York, 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).