Kaila T. Schedeen

PhD Candidate

Art History

Contemporary American Art

Portfolio in Native American and Indigenous Studies

Research Interests

  • Performance/Performativity
  • Critical Race Theory
  • The History of Photography
  • The Politics of Space & Identity
  • Ecology/Ecocriticism
  • Affect Theory
  • Futurism/Futurity
  • Contemporary Native North American Art
  • Art of the African Diaspora
  • The American West


BA, Art History, The University of Texas at Austin

MA, Art History, University of Delaware


Kaila Schedeen is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received her undergraduate degree in 2014. She specializes in contemporary American art with a particular focus on Indigenous artists and artists of the African Diaspora who critically examine the terms of identity, belonging, and nationhood in the United States through photography, performance, and multimedia works. Her dissertation considers how the artists Tseng Kwong Chi, Carrie Mae Weems, and Will Wilson have used photography to engage—and ultimately reject—narratives of U.S. national identity as they are attached to landscape representations and ideologies. Kaila has previously held positions at the Visual Arts Center; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies; Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library; and Mechanical Hall Gallery at the University of Delaware. She is a co-founding member of the curatorial-focused Neon Queen Collective, which investigates topics such as race, ethnicity, representation, class, sexuality, and gender in socially engaged art produced by feminist artists of color.

Kaila is currently a 2020–2021 College of Fine Arts / Graduate School Continuing Fellow at UT Austin.

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