Kristopher J Holland

Coordinator, Visual Arts Education Licensure; Associate Professor

Aronoff Center


DAAP School of Art - 0016

Professional Summary

Dr. Kristopher Holland is the Director of Visual Arts & Design Education State Licensure for the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, and is the Director of the Strange Tools Research Lab in the Digital Futures initiative at the University of Cincinnati. He is also a Guest Professor at the Karl Franzens University in Graz Austria teaching courses on contemporary art, art history, and arts-based research. He also co-directs the biannual Berlin Summer Studio Arts Inquiry program in collaboration with the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. Dr. Holland is a practicing artist and philosopher whose current research interests are: philosophical inquiry methodologies, arts-based research, art & design teacher education, affect theory, deconstruction, contemporary art and critical theory. He has recently given guest lectures at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development on the topic of Jean Baudrillard and ‘Post-Art,’ and at the University of Graz on ‘American Theory.’ He is presently researching the role aesthetic inquiry and Object Orientated Ontology (Triple-O) plays contemporary art practice and theory. His conceptual art work The Habermas Machine was cited in James Rolling Jr.’s book Arts-Based Research: A Primer, published in 2013 and was exhibited in 2015. He has co-authored the forthcoming book On Being a Fatal Theorist: Jean Baudrillard’s Strategy for the Anthropocene.


Ph.D, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, 2011 (Art Education & Philosophy of Education)

Masters of Arts, New York University 2003 (Art Education)

N/A, University of Potsdam Berlin,Germany, 2000 (German Cultural Studies)

Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York Geneseo, NY, 2000 (Art Studio)

Positions and Work Experience

2011 -To Present Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2011 -To Present Licensure Director, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,OH

2006 -2011 Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington,IN

Research Support

Investigators:Holland, K., & Anderson N. 2012 -2013 Education Abroad Program Development Grant 2,500.00

Investigators:Holland, K. 2012 -2013 UC International Faculty Abroad Grant 500.00 Type:Grant

Investigators:Holland, K., & Tate J. 2012 -2013 Development of Studio Inquiry in Berlin 750.00 Type:Grant

Investigators:Holland, K., & Tate J. 2012 -2013 Education Abroad Program Development Grant 2500.00 Type:Grant

Investigators:Holland, K. 2011 -2012 Daisy Jones Research Fellowship 3,400.00 Type:Fellowship

Investigators:McCarty, L., Holland, K. & DeCesare, A. 2010 -2011 Active Learning Grant 1,500.00 Type:Grant

Investigators:Holland, K., McCarty, L., & DeCesare, A. 2010 -2011 Writing-­‐Teaching Grant 1,500.00 Type:Grant

Investigators:Holland, K. 2004 -2005 Teachers for Tomorrow 3,300.00 Type:Grant

Grant: #R40529 Investigators:Chemero, Anthony; Gaskins, Whitney; Holland, Kristopher; Sheth, Nandita; Vilinsky, Ilya 10-01-2019 -03-31-2020 UC's Urban Futures Digital Futures Anchor Development Program Strange Tools Research Lab Role:PI $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Honors and Awards

2011 -2012 Nomination for Dissertation of the Year Award

2009 -2010 Outstanding Associate Instructor Award

2004 -2005 Museum Ambassador

1999 -2000 Cum Laude

1998 -1999 Outstanding Senior Studio Art Major

1996 -1997 Golden Key National Honor Society

1996 -1997 Phi Alpha Theata Academic Honor Society

1995 -1996 Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society

Other Information

Conference Presentations

  • “Leviathan Objects: From Materialism to Speculative Realism & That Dangerous Supplement.” The Derrida Today Conference, Fordham University, New York, NY May 28-­-31, 2014
  • “Fact: George Bush is a Painter. Conjecture: Žižek Has Something to Say About (That) Fact.” The International  Žižek Studies Conference, The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), University of Cincinnati, April 4-­-6, 2014
  • “Walking Spaces for Socially Engaged Arts-­-Based Research: Reflections and Disruptions on Practice.” Co-­presentation with Dr. Flavia Bastos & Dr. Vicki Daiello & Chris Luessen, 1st Conference on Arts-­Based & Artistic Research critical reflections on the intersection between art and research, Sala de Juntas, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, January 31st -­- February1st, 2013
  • “Rethinking Art & Design Education as Human Inquiry.” Re-­-Design Design Education Conference:Scope, Methods, and Principles, Jiangnan University, School of Design, Wuxi, China, May 23-­-25, 2012
  • “Žižek’s Package: Dissemination, Desire, Simulacrum & Sycophany of the Intellectual.” The International Žižek Studies Conference, The College at Brockport (SUNY), April 28-­-29, 2012