JOEY ORR, Curriculum Vitae

Research interests: Site specific installation, public scholarship, (post)studio-based research/artistic research, visual studies, curatorial studies


PhD and Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory University, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Atlanta GA, 2014

Master of Arts, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, 2008

Bachelor of Arts, English/Creative Writing, University of Georgia, Athens GA, 1994


Digital Humanities Fellow, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas, 2020-2021

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2015 to 2017

Arts & Sciences Fellowship, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2009 to 2014

Manuel Montoya Graduate Service Award, Institute of the Liberal Arts Committee, Emory University, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Constellations Fellowship, Elsewhere Museum, 2013

Allan Bérubé Prize, Committee on LGBT History, American Historical Association, Honorable Mention, 2012

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Fellowship, New York, 2011

HASTAC Scholar (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), 2011

Community Impact Award, Emory Center for Creativity and Arts, 2011


Spencer Museum of Art (SMA), Black Writing co-curated with Ayesha Hardison, with special blockchain commission with Simon Denny and Stephanie Dinkins, Fall 2023

SMA, Reading the World (Paul Stephen Benjamin, Bethany Collins, Jamal Cyrus, Stephanie Dinkins, Carrie Schneider, Dread Scoot), Fall 2023

SMA, Untitled (Pink Tube), Miller & Shellabarger performance, April 28-29, 2023

SMA, here-ing (Janine Antoni), 2022 to present

SMA, Collective Entanglements (Janet Biggs with Agnieszka Miedlar and Daniel Tapia Takaki), April 2022

SMAknowledges, August 2019-January 2020

SMA, Social Histories, Adrian Stimson/Buffalo Boy: Resistance is Futile and Tina Takemoto: Queer Histories and the Wartime Incarceration of Japanese Ameicans, October 2018

SMA, Mohau Modisakeng: Passage, August-November 2018

SMA, MacArthur Dialogue: Christopher Beard and Elizabeth Turk, November 2017

SMA, Terra Anima, September-October 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago Works: Chris Bradley, January-June 2017

MCA Chicago, Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination, curatorial lead, October, 2016-January 2017

MCA Chicago, MCA Screen: Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue, September-December 2016

MCA Chicago, Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, July-December 2016

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta GA, Exquisite Exhibit: Parlour Games from the Studio Artists Program, September 2014

The JOSH, Arts&Sciences PROJECTS, New York, Guest Curator, John Q Collective Project, 2010

F-news Magazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Where is the School? 3-part artist collaboration, February, April, May 2007

Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Serial City, Public Art Project with artist Matt Haffner, October 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), Atlanta GA, Origins: Andrew Ross Installations, December 2005

MOCA GA, Atlanta GA, The Last Taboo, Exhibition director and essayist, June 2005

Garage Projects-Castleberry Hill Arts District, Atlanta GA, Hormuz Minina: New Interactive Video Installation, April 2005

Atlanta History Center, The Unspoken Past: Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History, 1940-1970, Curator of Oral Histories, 2004 to 2005

MOCA GA, Striking Comparisons: From the Permanent Collection, Co-curator and essayist, 2004

MOCA GA, The Georgia 7: Seven Emerging Artists from the State of Georgia, Co-curator and essayist, 2004

The Project Room, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta GA, Pink Lemonade Itty-bitty, Zane Lewis Installation, 2004

ArtSpot, Atlanta GA, Triple Point, 2002 and 2003

Dekalb County Arts Council’s Temple Gallery, Atlanta GA, Two at the Temple, 2002

The Project Room, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta GA, six bi-monthly installations, 2002

ShedSpace, Founder/Curator, Five-year public intervention project in transitional neighborhoods in the city of Atlanta, collaboration among the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Art Papers, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and local foundations, Atlanta GA, 2000 to 2004


Peer-reviewed essays and chapters and books

Antennae: Journal of Art & Nature, “Where We Find Ourselves: A Conversation Between Janine Antoni and Joey Orr,” Issue 60, 2023, forthcoming.

Routledge Press, A Sourcebook of Performance Labor: Activators, Activists, Archives, All, Routledge Press, 2023

Leonardo, “How to Do Things with SVD: mathematical tool-sharing from physics to performative research,” co-author with Clint Hurshman, MIT Press, Volume 55, Issue 5, October 2022

Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, “Room Tone,” Vol 2, No 3, 2021

PARSE Journal, “A Constructed Situation and a Cotton Banner,” Issue 13.2, On the Question of Exhibition, Summer 2021

Antennae: Journal of Art & Nature, “An Interview with Paul Harfleet,” Issue 52, 2020

Journal of American Studies, “We rode a train to write this essay,” John Q co-author, Cambridge University Press, Vol. 52, Issue 4, December 2018

Journal of American Studies, “Radical View of Freedom: Interview with Dread Scott,” Cambridge University Press, Vol. 52, Issue 4, December 2018

Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, “Jewish Tactics and Memorial Spacemaking: Lisa Alembik’s Murder Ballads,” Brill, Vol. 11, Issue 1, December 2018

Palgrave Macmillan, “Collecting Social Things,” Clarifying the Rhetoric Surrounding Social Value and the Arts, 2017

Art & the Public Sphere, “Interview with Suzanne Lacy,” Intellect, Vol. 6, Numbers 1 & 2, 2017

Visual Methodologies: A Postdisciplinary Journal, “Participatory Research and Visual Methods,” co-author with Sarah Franzen, Research Methods Lab, Switzerland, v.4 (1) 2016

QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, “The Campaign for Atlanta: an act of research,” John Q co-author, Michigan State University Press, June 2014

Emotion, Space & Society “Feeling the Archives,” journal of the Society for Study of Emotion, Affect, and Space, 5 (2012), 186-191

Southern Spaces, “Discursive Memorials,” John Q co-author, Emory University,, February 26, 2010

Editorial Work

Art Papers, Contributing Editor, Atlanta GA, 2021 to present

GroundWorks, Editorial Board, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), 2019 to present

Inquiries, Editor, Integrated Arts Research Initiative, Spencer Museum of Art, November 2019

GroundWorks, Conference Edition Editor, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), 2019

Journal of American Studies, Special Issue Co-Editor, “Inhabiting Cultures,” Cambridge University Press, Vol. 52, Issue 4, December 2018

Visual Methodologies: A Postdisciplinary Journal, Issue Co-Editor, “Participatory Research,” Research Methods Lab, Switzerland, 2016

Journal for Artistic Research, Associate Editor, Bern, Switzerland, 2011 to 2015

Art Papers, Editorial Advisory Board, Atlanta GA, 2006 to 2011

The JOSH (Journal of Sexual Homos), Guest Editor, John Q Collective Project, Arts & Sciences PROJECTS, New York, 2010

Visual/Critical Studies Symp., School of the Art Institute/Chicago, Co-Curator/Web Ed., Invented Archives + Historical Creativity, 2008

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Public Art Project, Serial City, Video Producer, October 2006


Exhibition catalogue essays

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL, “Chicago Works: Chris Bradley,” January 2017

MCA Chicago, Chicago IL, “Chicago Works: Andrew Yang,” July 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), Atlanta GA, “Gregor Turk’s Geographic Practice,” 2012 Working Artist Projects exhibition catalogue, 2012

Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, “The Social Life of Pam Longobardi’s Drifters,” Packet-Soup catalogue essay, April 2012

The Works International Visual Arts Society, Alberta, Canada, “Future Perfect: Tina Martel’s Evolution,” catalogue essay, July 2011

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), Atlanta GA, “Genesis Traveler,” 2007/2008 Working Artist Projects exhibition catalogue, 2008

MOCA GA, Atlanta GA, The Georgia 7 exhibition catalogue essayist, 2004


Art Papers, “Building Something Now–An Interview with Stephanie Dinkins,” May 2023

PLAT Journal, “We Listen with Our Steps, the Land Speaks,” co-authored with Janine Antoni, Rice Architecture, Issue 11, 2022

BOMB, “The Time and Space of Isolation: Diana Thater Interviewed by Joey Orr,” October 30, 2020

Art Papers, “Absurdity is a Protest: A Conversation with Lilly McElroy,” Summer 2020

Art Papers, “COVID 19 the #PPE we all need: In Conversation with Szu-Han Ho,” Summer 2020

Art Journal Open, Pedagogies, “Social Histories: An Inquiry from the Integrated Arts Research Initiative,” co-author with Imani Wadud, Pedagogies in College Art Association, April 18, 2019

Journal for Artistic Research, Network Reflections, “Curating for Research,” September 5, 2018

Hyperallergic, “Ambivalent Steward (What Do You Do When a Project You Curate is Censored By the State?),” Friday, August 17, 2018

MCA Magazine, “Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Fall 2016

Art Papers, “SeedsInService + Eco-Feminisms,” May/June 2016

MCA Magazine, “Andrew Yang and Diana Thater: Experiencing the Natural World,” MCA Chicago, Summer 2016

MCA Magazine, “MCA Screen: Phil Collins,” MCA Chicago, Winter/Spring 2016

Sculpture, “Review: Scott Ingram’s Blue Collar Modernism at MOCA GA,” January/February 2015

National Center for Civil and Human Rights, “Vulnerability and Human Rights,” Community Voices blog, November 7, 2013

Temporary Art Review, “Outer Regions: Complex Models,” coauthor/conference report, April 25, 2013

BURNAWAY, “Art Under the Oddest Circumstances,”, July 24, 2012

Art Papers, “Claire Culture: Milford Thomas and the Public Work of Filmmaking,” May/June 2012

ArtsATL, “The Dark Side of Motherhood in Morning Sun,”, January 18, 2012

BURNAWAY, “Grad School Confidential,” November 2, 2011

The Voice of the Arts, WMLB AM1690, Atlanta GA, Allan Sekula Interview, in collaboration with Sylvie Fortin, November 29, 2011

BURNAWAY, “Anya Liftig and Atlanta Poets: Experiments in Emptiness,” July 1, 2010

BURNAWAY, “VD at the Center for Disease Control Museum,” March 17, 2010

The JOSH, Arts&Sciences PROJECTS, NY, “Check Out These Guns: Nathaniel Fink in conversation with Joey Orr,” December 2009

ArtsATL, “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, a book and a performance,” September 2009

The JOSH, Arts&Sciences PROJECTS, New York, “Queer Pictures,” Spring 2009

The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide (formerly The Harvard G&L Review), Boston MA, “Mary Coble’s Body,” September-October 2007

F-news Magazine, Chicago IL: School of the Art Institute of Chicago,Reviews: Kehinde Wiley and Josh Mannis, October 2006

The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide, Boston MA, “Art Memo: Fly on the Web, When Performance Goes Online,” January-February 2006

Art Press Projects

BURNAWAY, “unmonumentATL,” Atlanta GA, January 2014

Possible Press, Volume 3, Issue 1, “The Queer and the Uncanny,” Philadelphia PA, January 2013

Port Silver Press, Poet’s Ghost, artist book, Tuscaloosa AL, 2003


Conference paper presentations

ARTspace, NY, Panel: Art Happens: Beyond the Silos, Institutional Proximity, February 2017

College Art Assoc, Washington D.C., Panel: The Institutionalization of Social Practice, Collecting Social Things, February 2016

College Art Assoc, NY, Panel: Beyond Good+Bad: Practice-Derived Epistemologies of Studio Critique, Expanding the Critique, Feb 2013

Assoc. of Amer. Geographers, Washington, D.C., Panel: Practice+Emotional Geographies, Queer Domestic Space+Vital Affect, April 2010

Emory Studies in Sexualities Program, Queer Visibility Conference, Queer Publics + Two Instances of Public Art, January 2010

School of the Art Inst of Chicago, George Roeder Master’s Symposium, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL, Desire Palace, May 2008

Feeling American Studies, NY Metro American Studies Assoc., Columbia University, NY, Panel: Archives of Feeling, Reading Transtemporal Desire in the Archive, November 2007

TRANS: Visual Culture Conference, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Panel: Queer Tactics, Nontrip: Road to the Spiral Jetty, October 2006

Spaces of Sexualities, Queer Working Group of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers, University of Brighton, England, Panel: Cultural and Textual Spaces of Sexual and Gendered Difference, Non-Trip: Road to the Spiral Jetty, August 2006

Conference organizer or panel organizer/chair

Spencer Museum of Art, Performing Couples, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens and Miller & Shellabarger, April 29, 2023

College Art Association, Chicago, knowledges 2-session panel chair “knowledges: Artistic Practice as Method” and “Crafting knowledges: Approaches through Botany, Climate, and Multispecies Interactions,” February 2020

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), University of Kansas, knowledges: Artistic Practice as Method, November 2019

International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Emory University, Off Center: Art Writing From the Regions, Keynote: Lindsay Pollock, Editor-in-Chief, Art in America, conference organizer, 2012

Queer Worlds and Global Positions Conference, Emory University, Studies in Sexualities, panel moderator, January 2011

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta GA, Art in Research/Research in Art, panel chair/moderator, November 2010

Visual Culture Caucus Special Session, College Art Association, LA CA, Queer Pictures, Panel Chair/Moderator, February 2009

Vis and Crit Master’s Symposium, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, Keynote: Irit Rogoff, conference chair, May 2008

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Artist Success Stories, panel moderator, May 2005

Panel or roundtable discussant

The 8th Floor, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation (New York), “Voices of Performance Labor,” with Dread Scott, Kyle Carrero Lopez, and Rudy Gerson, May 9, 2023

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), “Work in Progress: A Ground Works Art-Science Panel Discussion,” May 4, 2022

Campus BioTech Geneva, “Collective Entanglements,” in conjunction with Barbara Polla’s exhibition anni horribles, March 29, 2022

Museum Computer Network (MCN), 2021 Annual Conference, “Virtual Exhibition Strategy: Leveraging digital to highlight new voices and expanded content,” October 7, 2021

Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), 2021 RAI Film Festival, “A Conversation with the Visual Scholarship Initiative,” March 20, 2021

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), 2020 National Conference, “Ground Works Session: Dear Arts-Integration Community: A Letter of Interest from the CERN-IARI Collaboration,” October 28, 2020

Art Papers, Founding Stories: Oral Histories of Grassroots Atlanta, “2000s,” October 17, 2020

International Council of Fine Arts Deans, “Evaluating Faculty Engaging in Interdisciplinary Activities, Arts Integration, Community Engagement, and Public Research,” October 1, 2020

College Art Association, New York, “Not Your Typical Residency: Artists and the Research Institute,” Integrating Art and Research in Hybrid Collaborative Inquiries, February 2019

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), Boston, Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement, panelist for “Identifying and Building Communities through Interdisciplinary Collaboration,” November 2017

College Art Association, NY, “Artists as Museum Workers,” February 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, A Space Program screening and conversation with Tom Sachs, October 13, 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Conversations on Art and Science, discussion and roundtable with Andrew Yang and Lucianne Walkowicz, forthcoming October 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 150th Anniversary Academic Symposium, discussion and roundtable, forthcoming April 2016

Museum of Modern Art/Columbia University/French Institute Alliance Française, “Other Durations” and “Unruly Bodies,” Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance, organized by Adrian Heathfield and André Lepecki, Crossing the Line festival, September 26-27, 2015

Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University, Experiments in Scholarly Form, December 2, 2013

Tanz Farm, FEED conversation series, If we had a conversation about performance, what would it look like?, October 29, 2013

Department of Art and Design, East Tennessee State University, Outer Regions symposium, February 28-March 3, 2013

Woodruff Memorial Arts Center, Art and Activism, panelist for WondeRoot’s Walthall Artist Fellowship talk, January 5, 2013

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Collaborative Memory, John Q panel with EG Crichton and Barbara McBane, October 20, 2012

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Archive Action, John Q practice-led panel, August 30, 2012

National Queer Arts Festival, GLBT History Museum, San Francisco CA, Collaborative Practice & the Future of Memory, June 2012

Southern American Studies Assoc. Biennial, Atlanta GA, Public Scholarship: What Public? Whose Scholarship? Panelist, February 2011

Institute of Liberal Arts Colloquium, Emory University, Public Scholarship: What Public? Whose Scholarship?, September 2010

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Really, Really Alternative Spaces, 2006

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Creating Alternative Space, 2003

Lectures and artist talks

Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, “Place-based, Artistic Research at the Field Station,” University of Alabama, September 13, 2022

Institute for Policy and Social Research, “Research and Working with the Spencer Museum of Art,” University of Kansas, February 7, 2020

Amsden Award Guest Lecture, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, University of Kansas, May 3, 2019

Vermont College of Fine Art, “Curatorial and Artistic Practice as Method,” January 28, 2019

Up Close, Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI), Spencer Museum of Art, Curator’s Talk: Terra Anima, October 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Curator’s Talk with Giovanni Aloi: On Diana Thater, November 8, 2016

MCA Chicago, Gallery talk with Diana Thater and Michael Darling, October29, 2016

PARSE and Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, Curatorial Lecture: Art and Research, September 16, 2016

MCA Chicago, Curator’s Talk: On Andrew Yang, September 13, 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual and Critical Studies Distinguished Alumni Lecture, October 27, 2015

University of Memphis, “Socially Engaged Memorials and the Question of Form in Research,” October 2, 2014

Georgia State University, ExLucis, “Thinking through Activisms,” November 6, 2013

Elsewhere Museum, Charlotte NC, Convergence, Artist talk, November 2, 2013

Elsewhere Museum, Charlotte NC, Constellations and Conversations, Artist talk, June 13, 2013

Journal for Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands, Editor’s Report: Taking the Book Apart, February 2012

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University, Artist talk, February 2012 and April 2012

The Center on Halstead, Chicago IL, Contemporary Queer Pictures, lecture, October 2007

Atlanta College of Art, Space Informs Perception/History of Installation & Non-Commodity, lecture, Spring, Fall 2004, Fall 2005

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University, Art-in-Community & Alternative Spaces, lecture, 2002 to 2003


Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Policy and Social Research, Museum Studies, and Department of Visual Art, University of Kansas, Spring 2019 to present

Spring 2023, Arts Research Integration, cross-listed course with Visual Art, Museum Studies, Art History, and Anthropology

Spring 2019, knowledges: Artistic Practice as Method, Visual Art and Museum Studies cross-listed course (ART 500 + MUSE 780)

Visiting Instructor School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall 2016

Fall 2016, Visual Scholarship, Visual and Critical Studies and Social Science cross-listed course (VCS 5010, ARTHI 5060)

Artist-Teacher Vermont College of Fine Art, Spring 2012-present

Spring 2019, Visiting artist critiques (MFA-V)

Summer 2013, Visiting artist critiques (MFA-V)

Spring 2013, Low Residency Regional Critique and Consultation (MFA-V)

Spring 2012, Low Residency Regional Critique and Consultation (MFA-V)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Art, University of Memphis, Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Spring 2015, Social Practice in Contemporary Art (Art History 4039/6039)

Spring 2015, Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism (Art History 4030/6030)

Spring 2015, Fall 2014, World Art II (Art History 2000)

Instructor Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University, Fall 2005-Spring 2014

Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Survey of Western Modern Art for Studio Majors (Art History 2000)

Fall 2012, Public Practice in Contemporary Art (Art History 4800/6800)

Fall 2005, Student Instructor with Dr. Susan Richmond, 20th Century Painting and Sculpture (Art History 4610/6610)

Instructor Visual Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory University, Spring 2011-Spring 2012

Spring 2012, Visual Scholarship (IDS 216, cross-listed with Visual Arts)

Fall 2011, Introduction to Visual Culture (IDS 216, cross-listed with Visual Arts)

Spring 2011, Student Teacher, Senior Seminar and Studio (Visual Arts 490)

Instructor School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring 2007-Fall 2008

Fall 2008, Visualizing Aggression, Visual and Critical Studies and Social Science cross-listed course (VCS 3001, SOCSCI 3522)

Spring 2007-Spring 2008, Student Instructor with Dr. Robert Kiely, History of Ideas (SOCSCI 3521)


Touching Photographs, University of Chicago Press 2012, Dr. Margaret Olin, Department of Art History, Yale University

Thinking in Place, Paradigm 2009, Dr. Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty, School of the Arts, Columbia University


Collaborative Projects

University Galleries, University of North Carolina A&T State College, Greensboro, Southern Constellations, January 2019

GLBT History Museum, San Francisco, Out/Look and the Birth of the Queer, Errata, John Q, October 2017-January 2018

Allcott Gallery, Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill, A 3 Year Retrospective of Southern Constellations, John Q, October-November 2015

Artspace, Raleigh, NC, Expanding the Constellation: Elsewhere at Artspace, John Q installation, September-October 2015

Crosstown Arts, Memphis, you + me, March 2015

Holman Arts and Media Center, Embodied Place: Observations and Notations, John Q installation, Interdisciplinary Arts/Sierra Nevada College, January-February 2015

Smith Gallery, Appalachia State University, Southern Constellations: Selections from Elsewhere Museum’s curatorial initiative supporting experimental art practice in the South, October-November, 2014, Untitled (Books), John Q installation

Zuckerman Museum of Art, Hearsay, July-October, 2014

Take Me With You, John Q installation

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 9/50 Summit, June 2014

Untitled (Books), John Q installation

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LA Art Book Fair, January 2014

       The JOSH (Journal of Sexual Homos), Issue 3 (guest edited by John Q)

Atlanta Cyclorama, May 17-18, 2013

      The Campaign for Atlanta: an essay on queer migration, John Q project

Georgia Institute of Technology, WREK, December 18-21, 2011

     Midnight Bill, broadcast collaboration with Chris Campbell using Radio Data System          technology

Outwrite, Atlanta GA, February 23, 2011

     Policing Ourselves, John Q public performance

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, October 2010-January 2011

     Discursive Documents: Performing the Catalogue, John Q project

Eyedrum Art&Music Gallery, Atlanta GA, May-June 2010

     MondoPotato, John Q project, MondoHomo City Stories group exhibition

Flux Projects, Atlanta GA, April 2010

     Memory Flash, John Q public intervention series

Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta GA, March 2010

     Breakfast for Bill, John Q happening

Group Exhibitions

Mint Gallery, Atlanta GA, March-April 2014

Sumptuary, curated by Maggie Ginestra and Mike Stasny

705 Space, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, April 2013

       Visual and Critical Studies Accreditation Exhibit

Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines, November 2011-January 2012

     Nothing to Declare, curated by EG Crichton

Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA, July 2010

Southern Art?, curated by Ben Goldman and Teresa Bramlette Reeves

Alogon Gallery, Chicago IL May to June 2008

     Discipline Problems, curated by Joseph Grigely


Elsewhere Museum, 2013

Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, 2001


Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro NC, Untitled (Books), installation, 2013

Manuscripts and Rare Books Library (MARBL) Collection, Emory University, Fostering Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Teaching, agitprop project 2012

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “Remember Me, Forget Me,” The JOSH, Issue 3, Fall 2010, 2011


Mellon Curator for Research and Director, Arts Research Integration, Spencer Museum of Art, Affiliate faculty Museum Studies and the Department of Visual Art, University of Kansas, 2017 to present

Founding director of the Arts Research Integration that engages researchers across the university, as well as national and international scholars and contemporary artists, in hybrid and collaborative projects with the museum. Designed, structured, and endowed the program. Teaching graduate level seminars.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2015 to 2017

Curated four exhibitions and associated programming in two-year tenure. Curatorial lead for Emerge collection group. Collaborated on design and test for digital museum space that would make exhibition research accessible to the public.

Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Art, University of Memphis, 2014 to 2015

Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Art History, Theory and Criticism and Social Practice. Served the department through gallery committee, faculty search committee, and MA and MFA thesis committees.

Assistant Curator/Education/Development Officer The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), 2003 to 2005

Researched and curated exhibitions, programmed for museum education, and fundraised & educational programming for ½ million dollar annual operating budget

Nonprofit Consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits, 2002 to 2006

Director of Programming, New Manchester Cultural Alliance, 1998 to 2003

Responsible for programming and providing support to the Cultural Director


Board & Committee Service

The Commons, Advisory Committee, 2022 to present, program participant ongoing

Institute for Digital Research and Humanities, University of Kansas, Advisory Committee 2018 to present

Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Education Research Center Advisory Committee, 2015

WonderRoot, Walthall Fellowship, Artist Mentor, 2013-2014

Institute of the Liberal Arts Committee, Emory University, 2011-2012

Visual Scholarship Initiative (founding president, 2010), Emory University, 2010 to 2014

Artist In Residence International (AIRI), Atlanta artist exhibition, Selection Juror, GALLERY twenty-four, Berlin, 2006

Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Public Art Committee, Open Ended Group, 2005

Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition (MAACC), Arts & Business Leaders Council, 2004 to 2005

Art Papers, Board Trustee 2002 to 2006 (Board Vice President, 2003 to 2005); Lecture Series + Program Chair

Alliance of Artists’ Communities, National Patron’s Committee, 2001 to 2002

Ballroom Studios, Atlanta/Brooklyn artist collective, Original Board Trustee, 2000 to 2001

Funding Review Panels

Charlotte Street Foundation, Annual Visual Artist Award, 2017

Georgia Council for the Arts (NEA fund distribution), Visual Arts, site visitor and panelist, 2005 and 2006

Alternate ROOTS, All Disciplines/ Visual Arts Representative, 2004

Forward Arts Foundation, Emerging Artist Award Studio Reviewer and Panelist, 2003 to 2006

City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Visual Arts, 2002 to 2004 (Panel Chair, 2003)


Exhibitions at the Spencer Museum of Art have been funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and private donors.

International Travel Fund award, Office of International Programs, University of Kansas

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2015-present

Laney Graduate School Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Emory University, 2009-2014

LUBO Fund, Project Support, 2004, 2010, 2013

Emory University, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Classroom Grant, 2012

Emory University, Graduate Student Council Travel and Research Grant, 2012

Flux Projects, Project Funding, Atlanta GA, 2010

Lloyd E. Russell Foundation, Public Art Project Support, Atlanta GA, 2010

Emory Center for Creativity and Arts, Project Grant, Atlanta GA, 2010

Laney Graduate School Travel Grant, Emory University, 2010, 2011

Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Research/Travel Grants, Chicago IL, 2006, 2007, 2008


Sugarcane, “Exploring the Power of Language: Black Writing Exhibition at Spencer Museum of Art Showcases the Intersection of Visual Art and Literature,” May 11, 2023

Harvard Law Today, “metaLAB Exhibition in Kansas Centers Voices of Formerly Incarcerated Women,” Rachel Reed, November 29, 2022

The Art Section, “Joey Orr on his book A Sourcebook of Performance Labor with Philip Auslander,” November 2022

Arts at CERN, Cross-culture Collaboration at CERN and the Spencer Museum,” 02 September 2022, Interviews.

Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Spencer Museum receives endowment,” July 25, 2022

Art Daily, “Spencer Museum of Art receives $3 million gift for arts research,” July 21, 2022.

artnet, Art Industry News: “Spencer Museum of Art gets $3 million for arts research,” July 21, 2022.

Lawrence Journal-World, “Spencer Museum of Art receives $3 million dollar gift to make artists a bigger part of university research,” July 20, 2022.

KCUR, NPR in Kanas City, “A $3 million gift to KU’s Spencer Museum aims to help artists and researchers answer ‘big questions,’” Laura Spencer, July 20,2022.

Journal for Artistic Research‘s Network Reviews, “Review”Inquiries,” James Pepper Kelly, December 27, 2020.

International Open Access Week, A Silvan Tomkins Handbook: A Conversation with Elizabeth Wilson, Adam Frank, and Joey Orr,” October 19-25, 2020

Socially Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History, “Curating to Remember Injustice,” by Aileen June Wang, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020

Kansas Public Radio, “New Exhibition at KU’s Spencer Museum Focuses on Knowledge,” Rex Buchanan, September 27, 2019

Kansas Alumni Magazine, “The Art of Science (And Vice Versa),” Chris Lazzarino, Issue 5, 2019

Lawrence Journal-World, “KU Common Work of Art Explores Connection between US-Haiti History,” Dylan Lysen, September 9, 2018

The Chronicle of Higher Education, “2 Museums Want to Spark Dialogue with Provocative Art. They’re Handling That Very Carefully,” Claire Hansen, July 26, 2018

KCUR (Kansas Public Radio), “Lawrence’s Spencer Museum of Art Defends Freedom of Expression, Continues To Display Flag,” Laura Spencer, July 13, 2018

Kansas City Star, “Public art or desecration? Ire from governor and others bring down a flag at KU,” Kathy Bergen, July 11, 2018

The Topeka Capital-Journal, “Founder of the ‘Pansy Project’ visits KU to spread awareness against homophobia,” Savannah Maue, April 7, 2018

Lawrence Journal-World, “British artist who plants pansies at sites of homophobic abuse brings his project to Lawrence,” Joanna Hilavacek, April 8, 2018

New York Times Lens: Photography, Video, and Visual Journalism, “Whiteness and Race, Between the Storms,” Maurice Berger, August 11, 2016

The Reel in the Closet, documentary film, Interrobang Productions, dir. Stu Maddux, 2015

Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, Susan Ferentinos (Lanham, Boulder, New York, and London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).

Zuckerman Museum of Art, John Q Projects: 2009-2010, catalogue of works, essays by Jonathan D. Katz and Shawn Michelle Smith, 2014

Burnaway, “Exquisite Exhibit: An Exercise in Collaboration at ACAC,” Sherri Caudell, October 9, 2014

Burnaway, “Hearsay Casts Wide Net at Zuckerman Museum,” Meredith Kooi, September 30, 2014

ArtsATL, “Review: Lively “exquisite corpses” in paint, video and sculpture from the Contemporary’s studio artists,” Jerry Cullum, September 29, 2014

WABE: Atlanta’s NPR Station, “The Unconscious Personality of ACAC’s Exquisite Exhibit,” Myke Johns, September 15, 2014

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “A lot to unpack in this group show about untold Southern narratives,” Felicia Feaster, September 11, 2014

ArtsATL, “Zuckerman Museum’s Hearsay, a contemporary spin on Southern storytelling, sets high bar,” Jerry Cullum, August 13, 2014

The Mid America Print Council Journal, “Art and Social Practice,” Traci Molloy, Fall/Winter 2013

Creative Loafing, “Best Repurposing of an Atlanta Venue,” staff pic/Best of Atlanta 2013, September 19-25, 2013

Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk, “Experiencing Medium(s), Archiving Medium(s): John Q’s The Campaign for Atlanta: An Essay on Queer Migration,” Meredith Kooi, June 27, 2013

Huffpost Gay Voices, “John Q Explores ‘Queer Migration,’ Screening Crawford Barton Films at Atlanta Cyclorama,” Sally Hansell, May 23, 2013

ArtsATL, “In an unlikely place, John Q limns ‘Queer Migration,’ with an eerie final twist,” Andrew Alexander, May 22, 2013

Burnaway, “John Q Presents The Campaign for Atlanta, at Historic Cyclorama,” Rachel Reese, May 15, 2013

GA Voice, “John Q Collective uses Cyclorama as metaphor for LGBT migration,” Dyana Bagby, May 10, 2013

Creative Loafing, “John Q to take over Cyclorama in May,” Wyatt Williams, Fresh Loaf, April 23, 2013

History@Work, National Council on Public History, “Embodying the Archive: An interview with Wesley Chenault, Andy Ditzler, Joey Orr, and Julia Brock,” Julia Brock, April 5, 2013

ArtsATL, “John Q focuses on bringing Atlanta’s forgotten gay and lesbian history back to life,” Andrew Alexander, August 28, 2012

Possible Futures, “Between Genius Loci and Noplaceness: Atlanta Art and the Landscape of Contemporary Life,” Hugo Fortes, 2012

Radio World, “WREK Beefs Up RDS, HD Text Display for Special Program,” Leslie Stimson, December 21, 2011

Creative Loafing Atlanta, “Midnight Bill concludes tonight on WREK,” Wyatt Williams, Culture Surfing, December 21, 2011

NOPLACENESS, “Out in Public: Recent Moves in Art in Public Space,” Cathy Fox, Atlanta Art Now, Possible Futures Fnd, November 2011

Artforum, “Artadia Awards Announces Atlanta’s 2011 Winners,” November 11, 2011

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Artists Share $45,000,” Howard Pousner, Arts, November 3, 2011

Public Art Review, “Memorial Reconceived,” Cinqué Hicks, Fall/Winter 2010

ArtsATL, “Looking Back,” Catherine Fox, December 27, 2010

Burnaway, “Our Favorite Things,” Jeremy Abernathy/Danielle Roney, December 24, 2010

Burnaway, “Art Crush: Participation Can Be Political,” Susannah Darrow + Laura Henninghausen, November 25, 2010

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Exhibit highlights artists from inside out,” Catherine Fox, November 12, 2010

Creative Loafing Atlanta, “Art Seen: Within State Lines and Discursive Documents at MOCA GA,” Wyatt Williams, October 14, 2010

Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta 2010, “Best Public Art Performance: John Q’s Memory Flash,” September 23, 2010

Creative Loafing Atlanta, “Gay Atlanta Remembered: John Q Collective Goes Public with Memory Flash,” Wyatt Williams, March 30, 2010

Public Art Review, “Photographic Practice,” Cathy Byrd, Spring/Summer 2007

Art in America, “Origin: Andrew Ross Installations,” Rebecca Dimling-Cochran, October 2006

Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta 2006, Origin: Andrew Ross Installations, Critic’s Pick-Best Museum Exhibit, October 2006

Sculpture Magazine, “Atlanta: Andrew Ross, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia,” Jerry Cullum, July/August 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Year In Culture: Top 10 Art Shows,” Catherine Fox, January 1, 2006

Contemporary magazine, London, “News-Atlanta,” Cathy Byrd, Issue 62, 2004

Creative Loafing Atlanta, “The Year in Culture: Visual Arts Top 10 Art Shows,” Felicia Feaster, December 25, 2003

Art Papers, “Reviews: Southeast-Atlanta,” Jerry Cullum, January/February 2002

ARTnews, “City Focus: Atlanta,” Jerry Cullum, December 2002