Amanda Dalla Villa Adams is an independent curator, writer, educator, and historian based in Richmond, Virginia. Amanda specializes in post-1945 global contemporary art and earned her BFA in sculpture + extended media from Virginia Commonwealth University and MA in art history from the University of Cincinnati (UC), where her thesis considered the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres. At UC, she also earned a certificate in museum studies. Recently, Amanda left the art history Ph.D. program at VCU as ABD after beginning a monograph on Sally Mann.
She has presented her research domestically and internationally, including the Rothermere Institute at Oxford University and McGill University, and chaired panels at the annual Mid-America College Art Association and Southeastern College Art conferences. In addition to contributing art criticism for national publications, including Artforum, Hyperallergic, Burnaway, the Rib, and Sculpture magazine, Amanda is an art critic for the alternative-weekly newspaper Style Weekly. Her academic research has appeared in the peer-reviewed Art Inquiries and Archives of American Art and the graduate-journal Montage.
Amanda has curated solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond of the work of Hoss Haley (2015), Emily Erb (2016), and Carli Holcomb (2017). She has cultivated other museum-level experience at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Cowan's Auctions, Inc., as well as with several corporate art collections. Finally, Amanda has taught studio art and/or art history at the College of William and Mary, VCU, and Virginia State University.