Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary art; art in America post-1960; craft history; craft materials; queer and transgender histories; queer and feminist theory; material culture
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Artificial Nature and Total Indulgence: Queer Craft in the Works of Arch Connelly, Nicolas Moufarrege and Greer Lankton" (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2020)
Graham Feyl is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research examines the relational development between craft and queerness, and how certain materials pertain to queer and transgender sensibilities and ways of being. With an emphasis on materiality, Graham’s work questions traditional ways of art making and how craft acts as a center for queer production.
Prior to coming to UC Santa Barbara, he had completed his Master’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020. There he was a Graduate Curatorial Fellow where he curated the MFA Spring Exhibition. In 2019, he was a curatorial resident at Annas, a residency and studio for Chicago’s emerging artists, through a digital residency he had with the Overlook. Through this residency he curated his first exhibition object/item/material/me, which examined the intersection of materiality and identity. He received his Bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a focus in queer performance and the history of AIDS activism.