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

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.


“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. 

“Building Relationships and Revisiting Indigenous-created Materials at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.” Future of Native American Oral History Symposium, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Virtual Panel, April 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.

"Pursuing Art-Design as Research in Graduate School." Graphic Design Department and AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Student Chapter with WSU Alumni Online Office, Wayne State University, April 13, 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.

"Re-visiting and Re-visualizing Historical Data through Textile-Art Processes." University of Illinois Community of Scholars Research Symposium, UIUC, Champaign, IL, March 29, 2020.

"Design Consistency with Omeka Themes." "History Harvest: Collaborative Digital Public History" with Kathryn Oberdeck. Champaign, IL, December 5, 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.