Assistant Professor


College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Department of Art


Art A13

Dr. Alice Heeren is Assistant Professor of Art History of the Americas in the Art Department at California State University, Stanislaus. She received her PhD in Art History from Southern Methodist University and holds a MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Printmaking from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Her research focuses on Latin American modern and contemporary art and architecture exploring the intersection of art, ecology, politics, and the built environment. She is currently working on a book project titled Red Earth and Picturesque Clouds: Contemporary Art and Extractivism in Brazil. The study focuses on contemporary artists that examine the ideal of Brazilian futurity to expose its inextricability from resource extraction capitalism, neocolonialist projects, and the exploitation of indigenous communities and the African diaspora in present day Brazil. She has published articles and reviews in Latin American and Latinx Visual CultureArtelogieArte Al DíaArtefacto Visual, and Art Research Journal, and received fellowships such as the Alessandra Comini International Fellowship for Art History Studies and the Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship.

2022 Ph.D. Art History, Rhetorics in Art, Space and Culture
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
2011 M.A. Art History, Theory, and Criticism
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2009 B.A. dual major: Printmaking and Art Education
School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Minas Gerais, Brazil

2022 Fall courses: ART 2530 - Art Appreciation, ART 2525 - Art History Survey: NonWestern Art, ART 4560 - Pre-Columbian Art.
Spring courses: ART 4565 - African Art, ART 2520 - Art History Survey – Modern, ART 4570 - Senior Seminar in Art History.

Refereed Journal Articles

2020 "Affective Rhetorics of Contagion: Augusto Malta in Belle Époque Rio de Janeiro.” Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, Vol. 2, n. 2, p. 47-73.

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2017 “The Inhotim Cultural Institute: Affective Coding and the History of Museums in Brazil.” Re bus: a journal of art history and theory, University of Essex, Department of Art History, Vol. 2, Issue 8.

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2016 “Multiple Paths and Multiple Traumas: The Inhotim Cultural Institute and its Technologies of Affect.” Artefacto Visual: Revista de Estudios Visuales Latinoamericanos, Vol. 1, n. 1.

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2015 Vol. 1, n. 1. 2015 “Specters of Brazilian history in the early photographic work of Mario Cravo Neto.” Contemporary Photography in Latin America dossier, Artelogie 7.

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2013 “Adriana Varejão: Cutting through layers of Brazilian History.” Art and gender: women creators in Latin America dossier, Artelogie 5.

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Book Chapters

2017 “La Mano que Viste el Guante: Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Paulo Freire y las Políticas Subversivas de su Arte Participativo.” In Dolor, represión y censura política en la cultura del siglo XX published by Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad, Gobierno de España.
2015 “Art.” In Brazil Reader, Santa Barbara: ABC/CLIO, p. 216- 238.

Encyclopedia Entries

2017 “Lygia Clark,” “Hélio Oiticica,” “Cícero Dias,” “Rubem Valentin,” “Constructivism and Concrete Art in Brazil,” “Constructivism and Concrete Art in Argentina,” “Constructivism and Concrete Art in Colombia,” “Manuel Álvarez Bravo,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Exhibition Reviews

2018 “Agustín Arteaga: México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde.” Review for, Dallas Museum of Art exhibition.
2010 “Hélio Oiticica, Museu É o Mundo at Instituto Itaú Cultural.” Arte Al Día International #131(June/ July/ August), pp. 110-1.


2015 Paul Werner’s “Post-Production Anarchism” Art Research Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2

2022 Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Mini Grant, California State University, Stanislaus
2022 National Committee for the History of Art Travel Grant
2019 Alessandra Comini International Fellowship for Art History Studies, Southern Methodist University
2014 Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship, Southern Methodist University
2014 Meadows Graduate Student Council Travel Grant, Southern Methodist University
2014 The Office of Research and Graduate Studies Travel Grant, Southern Methodist University.
2012 Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies Travel Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2012 Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Travel Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2011 Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism Travel Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Conference/Symposia Organized

2017 RASC/a Graduate Student Conference: “Corporeal Materialities,” Department of Art History, Southern Methodist University.
2015 RASC/a Graduate Student Conference: “The Rhetorics and Aesthetics of Memory,” Department of Art History, Southern Methodist University
2013 “The Collecting Impulse Graduate Symposium,” Department of Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2023 “The Materiality of Extractivism: Dust, Water, and Oil in the Works of Sammy Baloji and Beto Shwafaty,” Latin American Studies Association, Vancouver, May 24–27 (upcoming).
2022 “Resource Extraction Urbanism: The Resistance of the Body and the Materiality of the Sertão in the Work of Clarissa Tossin.” Latin American Studies Association Conference (Virtual Conference).
2022 “Red Earth and White Walls: The Color of Violence in Matheus Rocha Pitta’s Série Brasil, Michael Wesely and Lisa Kim’s Arquivo Brasília, and Paulo Tavares’ DesHabitat.” College Art Association (Virtual Conference).
2022 “Utopia between Media? Brasília’s Image and its Contemporary Reassessments.” Conference of the Comité International d’Histoire de L’Art, São Paulo, Brazil.
2021 “The Dream of Brasília: The Many Lives of Oscar Niemeyer’s Column.” College Art Association (Virtual conference).
2015 “Economias afetivas e estruturas de poder: tropicalidade e modernidade nas reformas urbanas do Rio de Janeiro no início do século XX,” FIF – Festival Internacional de Fotografia, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
2014 The Gateway to Brazil: the ethics of space and affect in the Agache plan for Rio de Janeiro,” Latin American Studies Association conference, Chicago.
2014 “Quietly Disturbing: Performing History through Display,” Association of Art Historians, London, UK.
2013 “The Gateway to Brazil: Framing the Body Politics,” 12th Conference of the Americas, Grand Valley State University.
2013 “On Mourning and Historical Amnesia the Perennial Modernity of Brazilian Architecture,” Mnemonic: Network for Memory Studies conference, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
2011 “The Inhotim Institute: Articulating Local and Global in Display Strategies in Brazil,” The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models, New York.
2010 “The Inhotim Institute: Antropofagia as a Curatorial Model,” University of Pittsburgh Graduate Symposium, Pittsburgh.

  • The Syllabus Project member, Society of Contemporary Art Historians (2022-)
  • Member of institutional committees: Research and Innovation, Outreach and Culture, and Art Curriculum Development at the Instituto Federal de Minas Gerais (2019-21).
  • Coordinator of research and outreach programs designed to promote the success of underprivileged students and foster their interests in art history in the Instituto Federal de Minas Gerais (funded by competitive grants from the university 2019-21).
  • Foreign Language Index, Society of Contemporary Art Historians (Portuguese language entries 2021).
  • Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture journal (manuscript reviewer).
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (editor, 2013-2016).
  • New Cities, Future Ruins Initiative (program assistant, 2016).
  • Co-organizer of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman Interdisciplinary Research Cluster “On Decolonial Options and the Writing of Latin American History” (2017-18).
  • Founding member of Southern Methodist University’s RASC/a Art History Graduate Student Association.

  • College of Art Association
  • Society of Contemporary Art Historians
  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Association of Latin American Art