Neil Daigle Orians

Neil Harrison Daigle Orians

Asst Professor

Wolfson Center


DAAP School of Art - 0016

Professional Summary

Neil Daigle Orians (they/he) is an artist, curator, and educator. They received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MFA in Studio Art from the University of Connecticut. From 2016-2021 they were the Visual Arts Manager at Real Art Ways in Hartford where they organized more than 40 exhibitions and 2 public art projects. They have taught courses on art, culture, and theory at the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, and the University of Hartford, as well as non-classroom workshops and courses. Their work and performances have been exhibited at national and international venues, including: International Print Center New York (New York, NY); Radiator Arts (Queens, NY); Salisbury University Galleries (Salisbury, MD); Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (Gimpo, Korea); University of Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha, NE); and Artists Image Resource (Pittsburgh, PA). 


Bachelors of Fine Arts: University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE, 2012 (Studio Art)

Masters of Fine Arts: University of Connecticut Storrs, CT, 2016 (Studio Art)

Research and Practice Interests

I used to have a long and carefully written statement. My recent move across the country to Ohio forced me to reorganize my practice in a way that was desperately necessary, and as an unintended result I’ve reconsidered the function of a statement that goes along with my work. My ADHD makes connecting dots between my disparate interests a difficult but not impossible task. Regardless, it seems pointless to try and explain the goals or motivations or ideas behind my work on a singular web page. So instead I’ll offer a handful of keywords (in no particular order) and let you put the pieces together. I think it’s more fun that way.

memoir • queerness • identity • loss • haunting • mental health • print • ghosts • saturation • narrative • transmedia • publication • pressure • multiplicity • glitch • dichotomies • nuance • anxiety • politics • masculinity • pixels • sexuality • bodies • DIY • pop culture • alternate reality games • failure • history

Positions and Work Experience

07-2016 -08-2021 Visual Arts Manager, Managed and curated exhibitions, public programs, and events related to contemporary visual arts programs. , Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

08-15-2022 - Assistant Professor and Area Head of Printmaking, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

01-2018 -05-2022 Adjunct Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Developed and taught WGSS1104: Feminisms in the Arts for one UConn's regional campuses, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

08-2021 -05-2022 Adjunct Professor: FYS and WGS, Developed and taught First Year Seminar: Queerness, Memoir, and Creativity and Special Topics in WGS: Gender and Sexuality in the Arts, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

01-2022 -05-2022 Adjunct Professor of Art, Art History II -- Asynchronous online, Capital Community College, Hartford, CT



Neil Daigle Orians (04-14-2023. ) 3rd Global Arts Symposium: Global Arts in the Digital Age .Ohio University. Other Institution. Level:International

Honors and Awards

10-13-2022 -10-16-2022 DAAP Faculty Development Award Supported travel to and attendance of the Mid-America Print Council's biennial conference hosted by Kent State University. DAAP Status:Recipient


Queerness, print, print media, transmedia, photography, performance, installation, horror, hauntology, memoir

Professional Affiliation

08-2022: Mid-America Print Council (member)

Faculty Development Activities

10-13-2022 -10-16-2022 MAPC 2022: Power of Print Mid-America Print Council Kent, OH Type:Conference Attendance