Kathryn Hixson (1955–2010)

The writer Kathryn Hixson has passed away. Hixson had been writing art criticism from Chicago since 1985. From 1993 to 2002, she was editor of New Art Examiner, a monthly, Chicago-based non-profit arts magazine. Hixson contributed to many other national and international magazines such as Time Out Chicago, Arts, New York, and Flash Art. She wrote numerous catalogue essays for galleries and museums and taught in the department of art criticism, history, and theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Hixson also curated several exhibitions, including “Interchange,” co-organized with Lynn Boland, Amanda Douberly, Katja Rivers, Deborah Spivak, and Edwin Stirman, for the Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and “Rope-Climb: Issues of Masculinity” co-curated with Sandra Dillon, Stropf Gallery, Chicago, 2004. Hixson received a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Her dissertation was titled “Body/Image: Presentation and Representation of the Figure through 1970s: Bruce Nauman, Rebecca Horn, Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger.”

SAIC dean Lisa Wainwright said yesterday in a statement to Time Out Chicago, “Kathryn Hixson was one the most distinguished art critics in Chicago. Many of us know how Kathryn liked to play. She loved to dwell in a world of ideas about love, music, art, and politics. Kathryn was unafraid of strong opinions—really she was charmingly indignant. Her fortitude and her friendship will be greatly missed.”