Robert Thill

Director of Art and Architecture Career Development and Outreach

Robert Thill has presented and published on diverse career-development subjects, including emerging economies, experiential learning, and cross-disciplinary practices. In addition to his work within higher education, which explores the elasticity of professional identities, Thill's research examines the relationship between contemporary art and utility patents.

Thill’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Architect's Newspaper, Art Criticism, Flash Art, Leonardo, and sehepunkte. He has served as contributing editor of Transcript, a journal of visual culture published by the School of Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland, and Manchester University Press, and has written exhibition material for The Drawing Center in New York and the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. Thill has taught at Hofstra University in New York and organized student research projects there.

Thill’s art practice is concerned with forms that arise from convergences of interests, with an emphasis on power, value, and trust. His work has been exhibited at apexart, New York, NY; Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY; Nýlistasafnid / The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland; and Pamela Auchincloss Project Space, New York, NY.

His work has been included in the following publications: Gottfried Boehm and Gerhard Seel, eds., The End of the Millennium—The End of Art? (Basel: Schwabe AG for the International Academy for Philosophy of Art, 2006); Arthur C. Danto, The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000); and James Putnam, Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium (London: Thames and Hudson, 2001).

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