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Kimberly Cleveland

Associate Professor    Art History    ,

Ph.D. African Art History, University of Iowa, 2007
M.A. Modern Latin American Art History, University of New Mexico, 2002


Contemporary African Art
Afro-Brazilian Art
African Art


Dr. Kimberly Cleveland joined the Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University in 2008. She is interested in exploring questions of race, ethnicity, and identity in relation to artistic production in both her classes and research. She is the author of Black Art in Brazil: Expressions of Identity (2013) and Black Women Slaves Who Nourished a Nation: Artistic Renderings of Wet Nurses in Brazil (2019). She has written exhibition catalog essays and book chapters, and her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture, Luso-Brazilian Review, Journal of Black Studies and ESCLAVAGES & POST-ESCLAVAGES/ SLAVERIES & POST SLAVERIES.

At GSU, she teaches introductory courses on African art history, as well as graduate seminars on various topics, including African Body Arts; African Photography – 1950s to the Present; African Female Artists and Artforms, and Afrofuturism and African Art, among others.