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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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First Advisor

Kimberlee Perez

Second Advisor

Emily West

Third Advisor

Shawn Shimpoach

Fourth Advisor

Daniel Sack

Subject Categories

Critical and Cultural Studies


This dissertation relays and analyzes twenty-three ethnographic interviews with studio artists in the American Northeast conducted between 2019 and 2022. In these interviews I discuss with working studio artists what it is like for them to maintain a regional arts practice, and how they form networks of practice across and beyond the region. This project stands on and returns to the contributions of artworld sociology in light of significant ongoing changes for artworlds through globalization, digital networks, professionalization and gentrification. As an intervention into narratives about artists, this dissertation addresses the absence of working-class artists from discourse, and the role of “connecting labor” which names the many labored forms of “bringing together” that regionally positioned artists do in addition to their artmaking, in order to sustain that artmaking.


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