Courtney Richardson

Doctoral Student

PhD, Information Sciences, Illinois (in progress)

Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Wayne State University

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Research focus

I work at the intersection of arts, archives, and African American histories under the sub-area, Art as Information (AAI). AAI involves the study of arts’ role within knowledge production: how we craft, document, process, and circulate information through making art.

Honors and Awards

Publications & Papers

“Art as Information: Re-Reading Quicksand.” Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Poster Competition and Reception. ALISE Annual Conference (Association for Library and Information Science Education). Poster, Milwaukee, WI. October 4, 2023.

“How Art Works to Engage Cultural Narratives as Ever-emerging Archives.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) 2023 Summer Salon Virtual Conference (Segment: Women, Gender, and Sexuality). Paper. June 8, 2023.

La Barre, Kathryn and Courtney Richardson. "Chaos and Conception in the openED Archive." Library Trends 69, no. 3 (2021): 646-671.

Richardson, Courtney. "Intersecting Black Histories, Art Practice, and Information History." PAGE Blog Salon, September 24, 2020.


“Engaging Art as Information through Critical Art and Archival Practices.” Notes on the Archive: Alternative Assemblages and Fringe Imaginaries, College Art Association of America (CAA) Annual Conference. Virtual Panel, Chicago, IL. February 16, 2024.

“Critically Re-reading, -telling, and -archiving through Art Practice.” 2023 Critical Pedagogy Symposium: A Focus on Critical Race Theory. Online Lightning Talk. May 19, 2023.

“The Doris Duke Indian Oral History Program Archives at UIUC: Respect, Return, and Community Engagement.” Intertwined Cultures: Stronger Together, International Conference of Indigenous, Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Presentation and Panel, Temecula, CA, October 2022.

“Graphic Design, Art, and Archives in Conversation.” Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts. Oak Park, MI, October 2022.  

“Decolonizing Arts Education and Professional Development for Emerging Artists.” Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Panel and Podcast recording, Urbana, IL, June 2022.  

“Course Design for Well-being: Towards a Students’ Bill of Rights.” Gameful Pedagogy Research Project by Judith Pintar. Annual Faculty Retreat, Center for Innovation in Teaching, UIUC, Champaign, IL, March 2022.

"Re-embodying Historical Data with Art and Design." 2020 Imagining America Online Summit, October 19, 2020.

"Telling a Story with Data from an Artist’s Perspective." Storytelling with Data Virtual Webinar by Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois (LACONI) Tech Program, April 10, 2020. 

"Name Mapping the Book of Negroes: A Material/Visual Study on Document Reproduction and Representation of Cultural Memory." Midstates Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Fall Meeting, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, October 4, 2019.