Joel Kuennen received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. He has published in America and the UK and was selected to participate in the Arts Writers Grant Workshop, 2012. He was a contributor and an editor of The Contemporary Visual Studies Reader which was published by Routledge in late 2012 in collaboration with James Elkins, Maureen Burns, Alicia Chester, and Kristi McGuire. His thesis at the School of the Art Institute Chicago explored conditions of subjectivity as constructed through spatial relationships. His current research interests are centered around digital selves, new media art, the intersection of politics and cultural production, and online art communities. He is the chief curator at ArtSlant and has curated the ArtSlant Prize exhibition since 2012.
He is the Chief Operations Officer and a Senior Editor at ArtSlant.com.