PhD Student and Graduate Assistant
Virginia Commonwealth University
Originally from Columbus, Georgia, I received my Bachelor's degree in Art and French from Mercer University in 2014. After working with educational programs and interning at the Columbus Museum, I began my graduate studies in the Master of Art Education program at The University of Georgia in 2016. As a graduate student, I interned at the Georgia Museum of Art and completed my teaching certification. I also completed an applied project, "Understanding Black Feminist Theory and African American Women's Art in Museums: Engaging Black Women in Critical Dialogue," where I facilitated and participated in a critical pedagogical experience and curated an exhibition, "To Be Black and Female," with my participants at the Lamar Dodd Galleries at The University of Georgia. In 2018, I graduated from The University of Georgia and continued my studies as a doctoral student in Art Education. I am currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University and working as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Art Education. As a first-year doctoral student, I have co-conducted an arts-based, historical research project as a part of Virginia Commonwealth University's 50th Anniversary. I have also presented at several conferences this academic year, including the Artful Inquiry Research Group Symposium, the Virginia Art Education Association Conference, the National Art Education Association Convention, Scholars of Color Conference, and the Diversity in Research and Practice Conference. My research interests explore what it would mean to have a critical art pedagogy based on Black feminist theory to center the lives and experiences of Black women in art education.