Sharon Irish Vitae, last updated July 2016.

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Sharon Irish
slirish (at) Illinois (dot) edu


1985    PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Art History

1982    MA, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Art History

1976    BA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
            cum laude in Art, magna cum laude in General Studies


January 2012-present Project Coordinator, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


“Stephen Willats and the Performance of Information Flows,” Computer Arts Society, London, U.K., May 9, 2016

”Predictive and Prescriptive Thinking: Considering Stephen Willats,” Anticipation Research Group, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K., April 28, 2016

“Coded Landscapes: Stephen Willats’ Place-Based Work in the UK,” Museo Tamayo, México, D.F., February 10, 2015

“FemTechNet,” Open Education: Condition Critical, Centre for Disruptive Media, Coventry University, November 20, 2014 (via Skype)

With Radhika Gajjala, “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology,” Munroe Center for Social Inquiry; “Technology Changes; Women, Pedagogy, and Technology at The Claremont Colleges, November 15, 2013, Pitzer College, Los Angeles, CA

With Radhika Gajjala and Alexandra Juhasz, FemTechNet Video Dialogue on “Place” November 14, 2013, Pitzer College, Los Angeles, CA

Central Library Reinvented, May 8, 2013, St. Louis, MO, “Cass Gilbert’s St. Louis Public Library”

Network 45-plus: Post-War Architecture in Europe: Community Spaces: Conception, Appropriation, Identity, September 8, 2012, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany,  “Two Doves to Tower Mosaic: Artists in Public at Warwick and Brindley Estate, London”

Visual Studies Colloquium, November 3, 2011, Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL, “Positionality, Performance, Participation: The Art of Suzanne Lacy”

Rewire: the 4th International Conference on Media Art Histories, September 28-30, 2011, Liverpool, UK, “The Socio-spatial Practice of Artist Stephen Willats”

Tryk Tryk Tryk Gallery, June 18, 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark, “Traversing Art: Works by Suzanne Lacy”  (book talk)

Erasing Boundaries: Service-Learning in Landscape Architecture and Architecture, April 30, 2011, New York City  [Poster] “Spaces of Connection: Designing a High-Tech Collaborative Space for Youth,” with Deven Gibbs, Martin Wolske and Debarah McFarland

Computers, Information and Society Special Interest Group, Society for the History of Technology, October 3, 2010, Tacoma, Washington, “Meta Filter: Coming to Agreement with Interactive Computer Technology”

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Emily Carr University, September 29, 2010, Vancouver, BC, "Participation, Performance and Positionality in Suzanne Lacy's Art Practice”

Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, April 7, 2010, Roundtable, “Diversity and Democracy” conference, with Sam Smith, Ken Salo, and Ryan Griffis, “Reflecting on Campus-Community Interactions: Arts, Activism and Public Memory”

Urbana Free Library, March 17, 2010, Urbana, IL, “Concepts in Public: The Art of Suzanne Lacy” (book talk)

College Art Association Annual Meeting, February 2010, Chicago, IL, “Aspects of the Civic: Chicago’s Daley Center and Plaza”

Community Informatics Initiative Research Series, January 27, 2010, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Imperfect Community”


2015, Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant Program, Stephen Willats, 1970-2012

2015, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Stephen Willats, 1970-2012

2014, Colston Research Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bristol (UK), Department of Drama: Theatre, Film & Television, “In the Margins? Local Knowledge and Self-Organisation”

2011, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, Research and Development Grant, “The Socio-spatial Practice of Artist Stephen Willats”

2003-2005, University of Illinois Research Board, “The Embodied Art of Suzanne Lacy”

2000-2001, University of Illinois Research Board, “Layers in the Loop: ‘Full Circle’ by Suzanne Lacy”



Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between (University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

Cass Gilbert, Architect: Modern Traditionalist (New York: Monacelli Press, 1999). (invited)

Winner of David Gebhard Book Award of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2000; Winner of Publication Award, Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, 2000; Finalist, Minnesota Center for the Book Award in History, 2000; published as e-book by Random House, 2010

Edward N. Kaufman and Sharon L. Irish. Medievalism: An Annotated Bibliography of Recent Research in the Architecture and Art of Britain and North America. New York: Garland Publishing, 1988.

Edited Volume

With Angela Rivers, Ryan Griffis, Ken Salo, and Sam Smith. Revisiting Murals, Animating Neighborhoods (Urbana: University of Illinois Printing Services, July 2010).

Special Issue of Technology and Culture: Essays in Honor of Carl Condit 30(April 1989).

Book Chapters

“Art in Public at Warwick and Brindley Estate, London.” In Community Spaces: Conception – Appropriation – Identity. Edited by Maren Harnack, Tobias Michael Wolf, Sebastian Haumann, et al. (Berlin: ISR Impulse Online/Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplanung, 2015).

With Deven Gibbs and Debarah McFarland. “Spaces Of Connection: Implementing the Design of a High-Tech Learning Space for Youth.” In Community Matters: Service Learning and Engaged Design and Planning. Edited by Mallika Bose, Cheryl Doble, Paula Horrigan, and Sigmund Shepp. (New York: Routledge, 2014). (refereed)

“‘Great Gray Buildings’: The United States Army Supply Base in Brooklyn, New York.” Pp. 163-174. In Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: Architect of the Public Domain. Edited by Barbara S. Christen and Steven Flanders (New York: W.W. Norton, 2001). (invited)

“Cass Gilbert in Practice, 1884-1934.” Pp. 1-34. In Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert. Edited by Margaret Heilbrun and Mary Beth Betts (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000). (invited)

Articles in Journals and Encyclopedias

“Critical Spatial Practices in U.S. Cities since 1960.” Companion to American Urbanism. Edited by Joseph Heathcott (Routledge, 2016). (invited)

“New Genre Public Art.” Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality across Genres. Edited by Gabrielle Cody and Meiling Cheng (Routledge, 2015). (invited)

“Hierarchies in the Circuitry: Women, Information Technology and Scholarship (WITS) at Illinois.” Technology’s Stories [online publication of the Society for the History of Technology] (November 2013). (invited)

With Penny Evans. “Structures of Participation: Performing Local Knowledge.” International Journal of Progressive Education 9:3(October 2013). (refereed)

With Martin Wolske, Deven Gibbs, Adam Kehoe and Vera Jones, “Outcome of Applying Evidence-based Design on Public Computing Centers.” Journal of Community Informatics. 9:1(2013). (refereed)

With Angela Rivers. “Mapping Cultural Migrations between Champaign and Chicago.” Issue 12(2012) AREA Chicago.

“The Performance of Information Flows in the Art of Stephen Willats.”Information & Culture: A Journal of History 47:4(November/December 2012). (refereed)

With Noelle S. Williams, Ann P. Bishop, and Bertram C. Bruce, “Community Informatics for Whom?” Journal of Education in Library and Information Science 53:3(July 2012), 218-221. (refereed)

“Whither Tycoon Medievalism? [on Carnegie Library at Bucknell]” Journal of American Literary History 22:4(Winter 2010). (invited)

“History, People, and Informatics: A Conversation with Wendy Plotkin,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 4:2(Fall 2010). (refereed)

“Along Paseo Boricua: The Art of Josué Pellot Gonzalez,” Journal of Arts and Communities 1:2(December 2009): 115-128. (refereed)

“Preservation, Polemics and Power,” Technology and Culture 49:1(January 2008): 202-214. (invited)

Critical Spatial Practices Group [Nicholas Brown, Ryan Griffis, Kevin Hamilton, Sharon Irish, Sarah Kanouse]. “What Makes Justice Spatial? What Makes Spaces Just? Three Interviews on the Concept of Spatial Justice.” Critical Planning 14(2007): 6-27. (refereed)

“Shadows in the Garden: ‘The Dark Madonna’ Project by Suzanne Lacy.” Landscape Journal 26:1(Spring 2007): 98-115. (refereed)

“Skyscrapers.” Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Pp. 724-726. Volume 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007.

“Awareness through Movement: Anish Kapoor’s ‘Cloudgate’ in Chicago.” Senses and Society 1(March 2006): 97-99. (invited)

“Tenant to Tenant: The Art of Talking with Strangers [on Stephen Willats].” Places 16.3 (2004): 61-67. (refereed)

“Intimacy and Monumentality in Chandigarh, North India: Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex and Nek Chand Saini’s Rock Garden.” Journal of Aesthetic Education 38(Summer 2004): 105-15. (invited)

“New York City Skyline, about 1915.” Technology and Culture 43(January 2002). (invited)

Video Dialogues and White Papers

Producer and interviewer. “Bodies, with Karen Flynn and Dorothy Roberts.” November 8, 2013, FemTechNet Collective

Producer and interviewer. “Women, Information Technology and Scholarship at Illinois, with Jenny Barrett, Leigh Estabrook, Gail Hawisher, and Angharad Valdivia.” September 2013, FemTechNet Collective

FemTechNet White Paper Committee. “Transforming Higher Education with Distributed Open Collaborative Courses: Feminist Pedagogies and Networked Learning.” September 2013,

Guest Blog Posts

“Archiving a Network, Networking an Archive,” Lacy Justice/New Criticals, produced by Tamsyn Gilbert, February 16, 2016

“The Monstrous Feminine: Lady Gaga in a Meat Dress,” University of Minnesota Press Blog, October 27, 2010

Doctoral Thesis

“Cass Gilbert’s Career in New York, 1899-1905,” Northwestern University, 1985
Advisors: David Van Zanten; Carl Condit