Alicia Eler

Lives and works in Los Angeles

Guest Managing Editor, Art21 Magazine

Culture Journalist & Crystal Paradise ColumnistCRAVE Los Angeles
Culture Journalist, KCET Artbound Los Angeles
Columnist, The Guardian UK’s US Culture section
Art Critic, Hyperallergic
Art Critic, Artsy


Managing Editor, OtherPeoplesPixels, 2014
Technology Culture Reporter, ReadWriteWeb, 2012
Associate Editor,, 2011
Arts & Entertainment Community Manager, Chicago Tribune‘s ChicagoNow, 2009
Theater Editor, Chicago Sun-Times‘, 2008

2015     Lecture: “Instagram and Humor” at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
2015     Panel Discussion: Art & Humor at Eastside International, Los Angeles
2014     Conversation: “I Like Your Work” with Ligia Manuela Lewis for VIA Publication, Los Angeles
2014     Conversation: “Editing Los Angeles” Writer-in-Residence at Adjunct Positions, Los Angeles
2014     Lecture: “Demystifying the Art Critic” at Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri
2014     Panel Discussion: “Instagram: Images of Self and Society” at the Illinois Humanities Council
2014     Lecture: “Selfie Surveillance: A Conversation About Privacy” at The Project Room, Seattle, WA
2014     Lecture: “Me and You and Every Selfie We Know” at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma
2014     Lecture: “Why Selfies? Why Introverts? Why Now” at Bumbershoot Arts & Culture Fest, Seattle
2014     Lecture: “Skype Selfie” at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2014     Lecture: “Beyond the Surface of Self(ie) Portraits” at Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon
2013     Lecture: “Internet Ruined the Video Star” at Oberlin College
2012     Panel Discussion: CAC’s ARTiculate 20/20 Series: “How to Win Over Art Writers”
2010     Panel Discussion: “How Chicago Artists Use Social Media” at the Hyde Park Art Center
2010     Panel Discussion: “Social Media Strategies in Chicago’s Art Community” at Art Chicago
2010     Lecture & Screening: “Curating Video Art with Critic/Curator Alicia Eler” at Harper College
2009    Panel Discussion: Professional Twitter Tips for Artists & Writers at TweetCamp
2009    Lecture & Screening: “Video as Video: Rewind to Form” at Oberlin College


2012    Curator, ACRE Residency & Exhibitions at ACRE Projects in Chicago
2010    Co-curator with Jefferson Godard, “Performance Anxiety” at Souvenirs from the Earth TV, a cable TV station in Germany and France, and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago
2008    Co-curator with Peregrine Honig, “Video as Video: Rewind to Form,” Swimming Pool Project Space, Chicago; Bridge Art Fair, Catalina Hotel, Miami; International Art Affairs, Washington D.C.
2006    Curator, “New Media Art Lecture Series: Cory Arcangel,” Oberlin College


I write President Obama Pens Apology to an Art Historian for Hyperallergic

It is featured on two network TV shows:

The story gets picked up by the following publications: New York TimesNew York MagazineNew York PostReutersTalking Points MemoPoliticoMemorandumHuffington PostComplexWashington ExaminerTownhallThe WireMediaiteChronicle of Higher Education

Even Republicans took to Twitter to have it out:

  • Republican National Convention Communications Manager Sean Spicer tweets
  • Marco Rubio tweets something inane


Alana Hope Levinson, “Can Women Build A Better Tinder?” Medium, November 19, 2015.


Eve Peyser, “15 hilarious women you need to follow on Twitter,” The Daily Dot, August 4, 2015.

Megan Burbank, “Froot Loops: Lisa Frank, Art History Major, at Fourteen30 Contemporary,” Portland Mercury, March 18, 2015.

“Snap a picture if you must – but be careful with your selfie stick,” Western Morning News UK, December 20, 2014.

Perez Hilton, “Terry Richardson Has Been Called a Sex Offender, But It’s What He ISN’T Being Called That Will Probably Burn Him the Most!” Perez Hilton, July 8, 2014.

Jessica Testa, “Terry Richardson Isn’t Much Of An Artist, Art Critics Say,” BuzzFeed, July 7, 2014.

Matt Stromberg, “ArtRx LA,” Hyperallergic, October 21, 2014.

Katie Walck, “ZINE: Illuminati Girl Gang #4,” THE LE SIGH, August 20, 2014.

Carrie Riehl & Ross Redman, “New Media Selfie,” KC Studio Magazine, June 17, 2014.

Jerry Saltz, “Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie,” New York Magazine, January 26, 2014.

Sky Godden, “Creative Gifts for Creative Types: The Art Critic,” ArtInfo, December 11, 2013.

Dan Zak, “Selfie-reliance: The word of the year is the story of our individualism,” Washington Post, November 19, 2013.

Johannah King-Slutzky, “What’s it Like to Be Tumblr Famous,” VICE Magazine, 2013.

Jason Foumberg, “Chicago Has Six Young Art Curators You Should Know,” Chicago Magazine, 2013.

Sarah Terez-Rosenblum, “The Hot Chicago Writer Blog: Alicia Eler,” Chicago Sun-Times, 2013.

Susan Sweenie, “Influencers Who Inspire Series continues with Alicia Eler, ReadWriteWeb,” Business 2 Community, May 4, 2012.

Mary-Louise Schumacher, “Keeping art and feminism alive on the Internet,” Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, December 21, 2010.

Interview for TV Feature on Sylvia Cartoonist Nicole Hollander’s, WTTW Chicago Tonight, December 20, 2010.

Mary Schmich, “Sylvia Finds New Life on a Blog,” Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2010.

Sarah Terez-Rosenblum, “Oak Park comedy bash promises comedy goodness,” Chicago Sun-Times, May 27, 2010.

Jason Foumberg, “The State of the (Visual) Art,” Newcity Newspaper, March 23, 2o10.

Claudine Ise, “Chicago Curators’ Performance Anxiety on Souvenirs from the Earth TV, “ Bad at Sports, December 2, 2009.

Paul Klein, “The Changing Landscape: Artists Take Charge,” Huffington Post, October 20, 2008.

Rachel Funari, “Review: Video as Video: Rewind to Form,” Newcity Newspaper, September 28, 2008.

Critical Fierceness Queer Arts Grant, 2011-2012

University of Chicago, Graham School of Business Manuscript Editing Program, 2008
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. BA: Art History, May 2006