Vagner Mendonça Whitehead, Professor and Chair
Vagner Mendonça Whitehead’s practice encompasses traditional and newer media art-making, curatorial projects and creative writings on visual culture. His artworks display accidental and forced intersections of personal experiences, histories, geo-locations, languages, and found artifacts, and manifest themselves through traditional and new media pieces, presented extensively in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, as well as film and video festivals, nationally and internationally (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom). His writings unravel similar media/visual encounters in the form of critical and poetic essays.
Recent art projects have dealt with metaphorical representations and interpretations of flight and flying; his most recent published essay unpacked the “selfie" as a cultural phenomenon for sighting, siting, and citing.
In addition to presenting at national and international professional conferences, Vagner has presented his works as a visiting artist at University of Kansas – Lawrence, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and San Jose State University, to name a few.
Vagner was the president for the New Media Caucus from 2014-2017, where he has also served on the Board of Directors from 2011 till present. In 2016 he was selected as an Emerging Arts Administrator Fellowship for the National Council of Arts Administrators, and a Fellow for the Advocacy Leadership Institute for the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture. That same year he also served as a peer reviewer on an NEA panel for Media Art grant applications.
Vagner is currently Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University, where he also teaches graduate-level courses in Intermedia Art. He previously held professorial positions at Oakland University (New Media Art), and Southern Illinois University (Video Art). http://www.vagnerwhitehead.com/