Amanda Dalla Adams

Seminar Speaker

Part of the Statewide Programs of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


A doctoral candidate in Art History at VCU, Amanda specializes in post-1945 American art. Her dissertation is titled, Sally Mann’s Photographs and Theories of Nostalgia. Amanda earned her BFA in Sculpture from VCU and her MA in Art History along with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati (UC); her thesis considered the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Before returning to VCU, she worked as a Junior Specialist in Fine and Decorative Arts at Cowan’s Auctions Inc. and taught studio art at Virginia State University. She has held curatorial internships at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as worked as a Gallery Assistant in the UC Campus Galleries. In addition to teaching at VCU and serving as a VMFA Statewide Speaker on the Arts, she has presented her research at McGill University, the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), the University of Iowa, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Amanda currently works as an Independent Curator and is a regular contributing art critic to Style Weekly. She has curated the exhibitions, Emily Erb: Loosely Loaded (2016) andHoss Haley: YIELD (2017), both at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her writing has also appeared in Artforum.comext.1708AEQAIBurnaway,Sculpture Magazine, the Archives of American Art, the graduate journalMontage, and the peer-reviewed journal Art Inquiries (forthcoming).