Monica Blackmun Visonà

Associate Professor
Art History

I teach a broad range of courses that link art produced in Africa to creative production and visual culture elsewhere in the world.  These include « African Art and its Global Impact », « Ten Artists in Ten Cultures », « 5000 years of Egyptian art ». « Arts of the Akan », « Sacred Arts of the Earth », and « Installation Art ».  My seminars often explore topics in African Modernism and African Contemporary Art, and seminars on African Architecture are cross-listed with the College of Design. 

As head of the division of Art History and Visual Studies, I welcome any questions and feedback from students concerning our program.  I am also Director of the Certificate of Global Studies, which acknowledges the international experience of University of Kentucky students who have studied or worked abroad. http://www.uky.edu/UGE/Certificates/Global/

I recently contributed two essays to a catalogue for an exhibition that will travel from the Rietberg Museum in Zurich to Bonn, Amsterdam and Paris.  http://www.scheidegger-spiess.ch/index.php?pd=ss&lang=de&page=books&book=546. They resulted from my ongoing research on artists and their histories in the Lagoon region of Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). During 2014 and 2015, I will be starting a new phase for this research, comparing contemporary artistic practices in Côte d’Ivoire and neighboring Ghana.  

A volume I co-edited in 2013, « A Companion to Modern African Art » recently won a prize from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444338374.html ,while the  monograph I published in 2010, « Constructing African Art Histories for the Lagoon Region of Côte d’Ivoire », has been reviewed in several international journals. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409404408

However, I am best known as the principal author of two editions of « A History of Art in Africa », an influential survey text. http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/History-of-Art-in-Africa-A/9780136128724.page.

For more information on my research interests, please see the link to my CV.

School of Art & Visual Studies

Room 207, Fine Arts Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
Phone: 859-257-8151
Fax: 859-257-3042

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