Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Odette England

Odette England is an artist and writer based in Providence, Rhode Island and New York. Her work has been shown in more than 100 museums, galleries, and exhibition spaces worldwide. She had two photobooks out in 2021 Dairy Character, winner of the $5,000 Light Work Book Award; and Past Paper Present Marks: Responding to Rauschenberg, her collaboration with Jennifer Garza-Cuen, which received a $5,000 Rauschenberg Publication Grant. England is a visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College. She received her PhD from Australian National University (2018) and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2012). Find her online at

How Playing With Failure Led Students to Archival Exploration

An assignment created in the Teaching with Primary Sources workshop proved that playing with failure and be fruitful, fascinating, and fun