Biography

Amanda Cachia has an established career profile as a curator, writer and art historian who specializes in disability art activism and creative access in the art world. Cachia has curated approximately 40 exhibitions, many of which have traveled to cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada. Her curatorial focus is representing the art and interests of disabled artists and producers. She has been invited as a consultant to museums around the world regarding how to make their content more accessible to disabled audiences within a curatorial lens, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada, Edvard Munch Museum in Norway, and V-A-C Foundation in Russia. She is currently working on the edited volume Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation under contract with Routledge to be released in December 2022, that includes over 30 international contributors.

Cachia received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California San Diego in 2017. As a scholar of disability aesthetics, her academic research focuses on work by contemporary artists who deploy variable disability topoi, including deafness, blindness, sight, and mobility, to make audiences more sensitive to ways in which bodies take in information and process stimuli. By experiencing this work, audiences can experience alternative sensory modes as a process of re-sensitization to stimuli than they currently diminish or neglect. She is currently developing a monograph on this topic entitled Disability, Art, Agency: Participation and the Revision of the Senses solicited by Duke University Press. Cachia currently teaches art history, visual culture, and curatorial and exhibition studies at Otis College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, California State University Long BeachCalifornia State University San Marcos and San Diego State University. She serves as caa.reviews Field Editor for West Coast Exhibitions (2020-2023).

Her critical writing has been published in eight edited volumes, 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, South Atlantic Quarterly, 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 Visiting Critic for the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in NYC, and as a panelist for Creative Capital, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Leonardo CripTech Incubator, the Rubin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant and Canada Council for the Arts.