Center for Race and Culture

The Center for Race and Culture (CRC) is an interactive Center that researches and investigates the dynamics of race, culture and its relationship to visual art traditions and practice that will prepare students for leadership roles in the regional, national and international art world. 


Leslie King-Hammond, PhD, Founding Director

Dr. Leslie King-Hammond is Graduate Dean Emerita and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at MICA. She is also the chair of the board of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, and an internationally recognized artist, curator, author, and scholar. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Alain Locke International Prize from the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is a frequent presenter and on arts and culture. Her most recent exhibitions include the highly acclaimed Global Africa Project  and the Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery. She was named on of the "Black Women Who Rule the Art Scene" by The Root. Learn more »

Fulbright-Nehru Fellow Accepts Residency at MICA

MICA's Center for Race and Culture (CRC) and Office of Research are pleased to announce they will host Unni Karikkat, a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow, for the 2012-13 academic year.

Karikkat is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art and Aesthetics at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. He intends to use his Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship in the United States to conduct research for his dissertation on the subject of visual culture and identity. The working title of his dissertation is Assertion of Vernacular Identity in the Context of Globalization.

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Ashe to Amen

Ashe to Amen

Ashe to Amen explores the crossroads of aesthetics and belief in African American Art

Currently exhibited at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York City, the Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery exhibition-curated by Leslie King-Hammond, Ph.D., presents African-American artists' interpretations of Biblical stories and traditions through historic and contemporary art. It will travel to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture from Saturday, June 22–Sunday, Sept. 29. 

Ashe to Amen presents the ever-shifting intersections of aesthetics and belief through reoccurring themes of creation, revelation, faith, liberation and identity.

Featured artists include Romare Bearden, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Henry Ossawa Tanner, Rashida Bumbray, Xenobia Bailey, painter, sculptor and educator Willie Birch '73 (MFA in Art Education), editorial, commercial and fine artist photographer Carl Clark '86 (photography), fine art photographer, educator and photojournalist Linda Day Clark '94 (photography), multimedia artist Oletha DeVane '73 (general fine arts), retired art education faculty member and quilter Joan M.E. Gaither, Ed.D., Rinehart School of Sculpture Director and sculptor Maren Hassinger, fashion designer Januwa Moja '79 (crafts), multimedia artist Joyce J. Scott '70 (art education), painter Arvie Smith '92 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting),and Nigerian-American visual artist and student Adejoke Tugbiyele '13 (Rinehart School of Sculpture).

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About the Center for Race and Culture

The Center for Race and Culture at MICA supports scholars, doctoral candidates, artists, critics, musicians, actors and historians efforts to research or create events, exhibitions, projects or performances that focus on the aesthetic dynamics of race and culture with the intent to break down racial barriers and build bridges of cultural understanding and meaningful and productive relationships.

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