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Dr. Megan  Driscoll
Dr. Megan Driscoll
Assistant Professor of Art History
Africana Studies Advisory Board Member

Megan Driscoll is an historian of modern and contemporary art. Before coming to Richmond, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in the National Gallery of Art. Her research explores the intersections between postwar photographic and time-based media and discourses on race in the African diaspora, focusing primarily on North America. Recent publications can be found in the Rhizome Net Art Anthology, The Art Happens HereVoCA Journal; and The Black Scholar, and she is currently undertaking a new study of the practice of contemporary artist Sondra Perry. Dr. Driscoll has presented this work at a wide range of professional conferences and symposia, including ASAP and CAA, and she is on the Executive Board of the CAA-affiliated Society of Contemporary Art Historians. She is also working on a book manuscript, Art on the Internet and the Digital Public Sphere, which examines artworks from the long 1990s that interrogated the popular notion that the internet represents a new, digital, and potentially global public sphere. The book makes the case for the critical role of art in understanding how and why we experience publicness online and the consequences of how digital publicness is defined.


Megan Driscoll is guest editor of “No Template: Art and the Technicity of Race,” a forthcoming special issue of Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus (anticipated 2021).

“‘And there was violent relaxation.’ Art's Ambivalence Toward the Age of the Internet,” in VoCA Journal, March 28, 2018. 

“Color Coded: Mendi + Keith Obadike’s Black.Net.Art Actions and the Language of Computer Networks.” The Black Scholar 47, no. 3 (July 3, 2017): 56–67.

“Online and Off: Interpersonal Networks and the Development of Internet Art.” Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, no. 9: Networks (November 2016).


“Now You’re in My Computer: Performing in the Network’s Theater of Visibility,” in The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology, ed. Michael Connor (New York: Rhizome, 2019), 405–10.


Book reviews can be found in, Art Journal, and Woman’s Art Journal. Exhibition reviews can be found in apricota, PORT, and Visual Codec.

Ph.D., University of California 2018
Art History
M.A., University of California 2013
Art History
B.A., Reed College 2006
Contact Information
V212 Visual Arts Building
(804) 662-3114
Areas of Expertise
Modern and Contemporary Art History
Discourses on Blackness in Contemporary Art
Postwar Photographic and Time Based Media
Art and the Internet