Samantha Krukowski

Samantha Krukowski

Associate Professor

Aronoff Center

3431

DAAP School of Design - 0016

School of Design, DAAP 6415B
2624 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

Professional Summary

Dr. Samantha Krukowski joined the faculty of the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati in 2015. Since arriving, she has been instrumental in shaping the foundations curriculum for the School of Design and amplifying cross-disciplinary foundations efforts. In 2018, she co-chaired the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) at DAAP, and bringing this conference to UC was one of her most significant efforts in bridging pedagogical approaches, curricular development, and foundations conversations across the College. Samantha pursued her MArch (Architecture) and PhD (Art History and Theory) at the University of Texas at Austin concurrently, finishing both degrees in six years and demonstrating her commitment to aligning history, theory and practice as well as to interdisciplinary research. Since that time, she has been on the faculty at both the University of Texas at Austin (where she developed an experimental media program for the Radio-TV-Film Department) and at Iowa State University (where she taught studios and seminars in the Department of Architecture and was heavily involved in curricular revisions for the first year CORE program.) Samantha teaches foundations studios and graduate seminars, as well as interdisciplinary courses, at the University of Cincinnati. Links between pedagogy, curriculum development and research have always informed her work: a studio she developed at Iowa State University, The Burning Man Studio, evolved into her edited volume Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man (Black Dog Publishing, 2014). She is currently working on a second edited volume about design pedagogy and foundational curricular practices that will include content from the 2018 NCBDS as well as other sources (Intellect Press, anticipated 2020.) In addition to writing, Samantha maintains an intermodal creative practice in which she explores the nature of objects and materials, the records of experience, the identity of place and the consequences of intervention. Her writing has focused on presence and absence in pictorial and spatial fields; rootedness and dislocation; utopias; time-based construction; the nature of creativity and the identity of the maker. Her experimental and painterly videos have screened at many national and international film festivals; her drawings, paintings and sculptural works have also been exhibited nationally and internationally. Originally from New York City, she has lived in St. Louis, MO, San Francisco, CA, Austin, TX, Ames, IA, and is now happy to call Cincinnati home. 

Education

BA, Barnard College/Columbia University New York, 1988 (Political Science)

MA, Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, 1992 (Art History)

MArch, University of Texas at Austin Austin, 1997 (Architecture)

PhD, University of Texas at Austin Texas, 1999 (Art History)

Publications

Other Publications

Samantha Krukowski (1999. )Performing History: Walking Along Ulay and Abramovic’s The Lovers, PhD Dissertation .

Samantha Krukowski (1992. )Dubuffet and the Deculturation of Art, MA Thesis .

(2014. )PayDirt .Proceedings, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; Fall Conference, October, Dalhousie University School of Architecture

(2011. )Burning Man: The Order of Chaos .The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Common Ground Publishing

(2011. )Rhyme Blue .Proceedings, National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, (April ), University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Architecture

(2010. )Burning Man and Black Rock City .Proceedings, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Northeast Conference, (October ), University of Hartford Department of Architecture

(2009. )Stylistic Trials and Documentary Tribulations: Richard Avedon’s In the American West .American Suburb X – Photography and Culture,

(2006. )Program Essay .Cinematexas Catalogue, 98-99, University of Texas at Austin

(2004. )Between Canvas and Celluloid .Analecta Husserliana, LXXXI ,219-231 Kluwer Academic Publishers

(2003. )Folded: Negotiating the Space Between Real and Virtual Worlds .SIGGRAPH Conference Abstracts and Applications, Association for Computing Machinery

(2003. )Alchemical Frames .Simile, 3 ,14-20

(2000. )Hands Passing in the Light .Text, Performance, Practice, 1 ,82-96 University of Texas at Austin

(1994. )John Glick: Viajes y Evoluciones .Ceramica, (Spring ),79-85 Keramos

(1993. )Catherine White .American Ceramics, 10 (3 ),51 Harry Dennis

(1992. )John Glick: Journeys And Evolutions .Ceramics: Art And Perception, (October ),35-40 Ceramic Art Gallery

(1991. )Drama & Discontent in the work of Andy Nasisse .Ceramics: Art And Perception, (October ),18-22 Ceramic Art Gallery

(1991. )Randy Johnston: Into The 90's .Ceramics Monthly, (October ),middle portfolio (unpaginated) The American Ceramic Society

Samantha Krukowski and Peter P. Goché (2018. )Parallel Projections .Drawing On, University of Edinburgh

Published Books

Samantha Krukowski (2014. )Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man .London ,Black Dog Publishing (Editor)

Book Chapter

(2014 )The Burning Man Studio Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man .United Kingdom,Black Dog Publishing

(2014 )Under the Big Top at American Steel: An Interview with Karen Cusolito Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man .United Kingdom,Black Dog Publishing

Additional Publications

Honors and Awards

2013 Raymond G. and Lula G. Polster Teaching Award, College of Design, Iowa State University

2008 Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, University of Texas Humanities Institute

2003 Dean’s Fellowship, College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

1999 Outstanding Assistant Instructor/Teaching Assistant, Department of Art & Art History, University of Texas at Austin

1997 -1998 M.K. Hague Endowed Scholarship, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin

1995 William S. Livingston Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin Livingston Fellowships are awarded annually to a small group of graduate students selected from those who are awarded University Continuing Fellowships. In 1995 there were 8 Livingston Fellows chosen from a group of 80 graduate students representing all university departments.

1994 Bartlett Cocke Sr. Scholarship, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin

Positions and Work Experience

2015 -To Present Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator for Foundations, School of Design, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning , University of Cincinnati,

2010 -2015 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, College of Design, Iowa State University,

2001 -2009 Assistant Professor, Experimental Media, Film and Video Production Area, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin,

2000 -2001 Lecturer, Digital Media, Film and Video Production Area, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin,

1992 -1993 Lecturer, Art History, Department of Art History, Washington University in St. Louis,

1992 - Lecturer, Art History, Department of Art, Webster University, St. Louis, MO

1997 - Co-Founder, Austin Museum of Digital Art, Austin, TX,

1993 - Research Assistant, Departments of Decorative Arts & Arts of Africa and Oceania, The St. Louis Art Museum,

1989 -1991 Editorial Director,, Pro-Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Research and Practice Interests

• Visual and spatial design
• Buildings, built things, installation and intervention
• Translation between modes, media, practices
• Narrative typology and structure
• Phenomenology
• Interdisciplinary research and program development

Contact Information

Academic - School of Design, DAAP 6415B
2624 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45221
Phone: 513-556-3125
samantha.krukowski@uc.edu