Featured Alumni


Andrea Nelson

PhD, University of Minnesota, 2007

Headshot of Andrea Nelson, alumna

Andrea Nelson is associate curator in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, where she has worked since 2010. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota, focusing on 20th-century art and the history of photography. Andrea came to the Gallery as a graduate curatorial intern in 2007 and later held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Phillips Collection. She has published essays on German and American photography books, as well as organized several exhibitions, including A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection (2014); Modern Lab: Material Interventions (2012); and Reading the Modern Photography Book: Changing Perceptions (2009). She was cocurator of The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund (2015) and contributed to the accompanying catalog. In addition to her curatorial work, Andrea has taught courses on writing for the decorative arts, modern and contemporary art, modern design, the history of photography, and the history of the photography book.


Joey Heinen

BA, University of Minnesota, 2008

Joey Heinen standing in a garden near a statue of a head.

Joey Heinen is a digital preservation and time-based media specialist, currently serving as Digital Preservation Manager in the Collection Information and Digital Assets Department and head of the Time Based Media Committee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In this role he ensures the long-term sustainability and authentic representation of time-based art and archival collections, including Audio/Video, installation, and computer/software-based work. He graduated from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation MA program at NYU in 2014. During his tenure he worked in NYU's film preservation lab, digitized audio for Anthology Film Archives, and served as a media collection and digitization assistant for new media artists Steina & Woody Vasulka. Following this he was selected for the National Digital Stewardship Residency at Harvard Library. He has presented on media preservation and time based media collections at several professional conferences including the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the American Institute for Conversation's Electronic Media Group, the Australasian Registrars Committee, the New England Conservation Association, iPRES, and the Visual Resources Association. He currently serves on the American Institute for Conservation's Electronic Media Group board as Secretary/Treasurer and the planning committee for the TechFocus conference.  



Erika Doss

PhD, University of Minnesota, 1983

Headshot of Erika Doss, alumna

Erika Doss is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary American art and culture and is a Concurrent Faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History. Author of numerous publications, her most recent book is Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (University of Chicago Press, 2010). The recipient of several Fulbright awards, Doss has also held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and on the editorial boards of Public Art Dialogue and Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. Her current book project is “Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Religion,” which explores the intersections between the religious beliefs and art of American artists Joseph Cornell, Mark Tobey, Agnes Pelton, and Andy Warhol. In fall 2016, her textbook American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries will be published by Oxford University Press.