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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– includes painting, drawing, installation.

Litchfield’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including the DeCordova Museum, The Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. She has completed large-scale percent-for-art commissions for MTA Art&Design and NYC Public Art for Public Schools. In addition, she has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. 

As a researcher, writer, and curator, Litchfield is interested in landscape theory, speculative design, future studies, fiction, and environmental humanities. She co-founded the UMass Transdisciplinary Future Studies team (an ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring recipient, 2022) and is also the founder and co-creator of On Distant Keys.  Currently, Litchfield serves as the Director of the Design Building Gallery.

Recent Exhibitions
2023– Central Connecticut State University, Silent Spring, New Britain, CT
2023– Bernay Fine Art, Great Barrington, MA
2022– Future Fair, Raft of Sanity & Garvey|Simon, with Roberley Bell, NYC
2021– Positions and Props, Northampton, MA & Buffalo, NY
2019– Tulane University, The Fun Palace Factor, New Orleans, LA

Research Areas

Drawing, Painting, Public Art, Curating, Landscape Theory, Future Studies, Landscape, Speculative Design, Creative Writing, and Environmental Humanities.


  • Book Chapter: Sandy Litchfield  "Drawing the City" T-Squared: Theories and Tactics in Architecture and Design (2022), p113
  • Interview: "An Interview with Robert DeConto & Sandy Litchfield", by Ellen O'Leary, Paper Bark, issue 03 (2022), p38

Awards and Accolades

  • Grant, Puffin Foundation, On Distant Keys, 2022
  • Commission, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA Arts & Design 2022
  • Award, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review, 2019
  • Commission, The Tree Inside Me, Public Art for Public Schools, for PS 14X, Bronx NY, 2016-2018
  • Fellowship, Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, 2016
  • 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