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University of Alaska Anchorage
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appropriation, art criticism, contemporary art, copyright in the visual arts, cultural appropriation, exhibitions, fair use, fair dealing, intertextuality, women in art history
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About Me

Riva Symko is Assistant Professor of Art History, and Curator of the Kimura Gallery at University of Alaska Anchorage. Her primary areas of research include twentieth and twenty-first century Western visual culture, North American indigenous creative practices, new media histories, as well as critical and cultural theory including post-colonial theory, feminist theory, theories of authenticity and originality, appropriation, copyright, and historiography.

Dr. Symko has published critical writing on art with MOMUSLuma QuarterlySNAPline, Latitude 53 Artist-Run Centre, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and the Union Gallery. In addition to research, writing, and teaching, Dr. Symko has maintained an active career as an arts administrator and curator with institutions such as the University of Alberta Museums, [x]curated curatorial collective, Nuit Blanche Edmonton, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and ArtLab Gallery.

Recent Publications

“Does the Sublime Know Change? Updating Landscape for the Anthropocene”, feature review, MOMUS, (December 2017)

“Re-Presentations, Adaptations, and VARIATIONS”, feature online article, Luma Quarterly: Calgary, AB (August 2016)

Whistling, Rituals, and Incantations: Steven Rayner, Audrey Hurd, and Blair Brennan”, co-authored with Jonathan S. Green, SNAPline, feature article, Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers: Edmonton, AB (August 2016)

“Jokes Aside: The Liminal Space of Humor”, Exhibition Catalogue Essay, Snap, Crackle, Pop, Edited by Josephine Mills, University

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Canada, United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History