Ph.D. Candidate University of Wisconsin-Madison expected 2017 (Art History with a designated minor in Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies)
MA University of Arizona 2012 (History of Photography)
BFA Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 2006 (Photography, Art History)


River’s dissertation, “Listening to Contemporary Art: Vocality as a Technology of Relation” attends to artworks that call for a tactics of listening across the disciplinary intersections of Art History and Visual Studies, Sound Studies, and Cultural Studies. River’s recent curatorial project “Word is Bond” (The Curatorial Lab, UW-Madison, 2014) showcased the work of contemporary artists who use words and sound to configure narrative, material repetition, and queered tradition. This exhibition is a part of River’s research on sound, language and voice, and listening.


Jill H. Casid
Michael Jay McClure