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M.A. (Liberal Studies) Hamline University, 1999
B.F.A. (Graphic Design) Carnegie-Mellon University, 1976
After working in graphic design for ten years in Pittsburgh, Washington,
DC and New York, I became an educator, artist and writer. I have exhibited work
internationally and in galleries, museums and public institutions in the United
States such as the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Studio Museum in
Harlem, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. As a pioneer in new
media art since 1982, I presented and exhibited work at SIGGRAPH, ISEA, and
other new international new media venues. My work remains
interdisciplinary—from artist books to mixed media sculptural objects and
textiles--usually including digital imagery.
My writing on former Black Panther artist Emory Douglas’s work
appears in the monograph Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory
West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977,
among other publications.
Since 2004, I continue to write about Douglas’s work including his
current international human rights activism. I wrote the introduction
to the second edition of his monograph, published in 2011. An essay on Cuban
artists in The African Americas: A Collaborative Project on the African
Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States reflects
my many visits to the island to study art, design and culture.
Putting my interest in socially engaged art into practice, I
initiated two community projects in Wilmington, Delaware— Urban Garden Cinema
in 2012 and The Beauty Shop Project, currently underway.
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