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Sandy Litchfield

Associate Professor

Artwork Publications

Design Building Room 354

Sandy Litchfield teaches courses that lie at the intersection of art, architecture, design and writing. Her studio practice– which focuses on contemporary representations of landscape and urban ecology­– includes painting, collage, installation, and public art.

Litchfield has been commissioned to make permanent public art for the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA Arts and Design) and NYC School Construction Authority, Public Art for Public Schools Program. Her work has been recognized by Americans for the Arts, 2019 Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review, and CODAmagazine, Transformative Walls V 2019, CODAworx. In addition, Litchfield's artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including the DeCordova Museum, The Portland Museum, and The Fitchburg Art Museum. She has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, and the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Her work has been selected for review by The Brooklyn Rail, New American Paintings, The Boston Globe, and Art New England.

Before joining the Department of Architecture, Litchfield taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in art departments at UMass, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and University of Hartford. She received her BFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder, her MFA in painting from UMass and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.


Select Exhibitions

  • A.P.E. Ltd, Positions and Props, Northampton, MA (two person), 2021
  • Tulane University, The Fun Palace Factor, New Orleans, LA (solo), 2019
  • Garvey | Simon Art Access, Deciduous Cities, New York NY (solo), 2016 
  • Carroll and Sons, Filterscape, Boston MA (solo), 2016
  • Art in Embassies, A Sense of Place, Sophia, Bulgaria, 2016
  • Fitchburg Art Museum, Land Ho! Fitchburg, MA, 2015
  • Hooloon Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2015
  • Art on Paper, Garvey | Simon, New York, NY, 2015
  • Station Independent Projects, In the Zone, New York, NY, 2013

Research Areas

Foundation Drawing, Design, Public Art, Landscape Representation, Place Making, Curating, Art, Paintiing, Hybrid (analog/digital) Collage


  • Litchfield, S., “Precarious Playgrounds.” In Candy Land (scape) III at the 2018 ACSA Fall Conference, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee WI. Oct 13th, 2018
  • Litchfield, S., “Drawing the City: Nostalgic Timelines.” In 34th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, University of Cincinnati, DAAP, Cincinnati, OH. March 3rd, 2018
  • Posit 12: A journal of literature and art, by Melissa Stern, October, 2016
  • Litchfield, S. “Negative Capability in Design Studio.” Risk, Research Based Education, Association of Architectural Educators, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London. April 9, 2016
  • Litchfield, S. “Kit of (Odd) Parts: From Still Life to Conjectural City.”  Tools, 1:1, 32nd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. February 27, 2016
  • Litchfield, S. “Panoramic Drawing with New Media.” Assemblages: identifying means l interrogating methods l investigating materials, 31st National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2015

Awards and Accolades

  • Commission, Metroplolitan Transportation Authority, MTA Arts & Design, Long Island Railroad NY, 2020-2022
  • Award, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review, 2019
  • Commission, Public Art for Public Schools, for PS 14X, Bronx NY, 2016-2018
  • Fellowship, Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, 2016
  • Grant, Puffin Foundation, 2011
  • Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2007
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2006

Courses Recently Taught

  • ARCH 100: Intro to Architecture Design & Graphics
  • ARCH 300: Design I
  • ARCH 301: Design II
  • ARCH 370: Junior Year Writing
  • ARCH 591: New York Professional Outreach Program
  • ARCH 597: Drawing the City
  • HONORS 391AH: Utopian Drawings of Architectural Visionaries