Monica Westin

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Monica is an arts writer and historian of rhetoric by training. 

Monica’s criticism, essays, and interviews related to art and aesthetics have recently appeared in frieze,, BOMB, The Believer, Art & Education, The Brooklyn Rail, Art21, Raw Vision, Art Papers, SFAQ, and SFMOMA's Open Space, among other places.  She has written catalog essays for numerous institutions and galleries, including Bergen Kunsthall and Columbia College's A+D Gallery.

She is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Chicago. A former Visiting Researcher at Berkeley's Department of Rhetoric, she is currently ABD status at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her academic research in the history of rhetoric and visual studies explores the intersections between rhetorical theory and aesthetics in the Hellenistic rhetorical tradition, focusing on the rhetorical force of visual and imaginary images in theory and practice from Aristotle through the Second Sophistic.

Lecturer, Fine Arts

BA, Amherst College; MA, University of Chicago