Monica Blackmun Visonà

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 ArtArts 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.

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. 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, 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.

However, I am best known as the principal author of two editions of A History of Art in Africa, an influential survey text.

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

Associate Professor
Art History & Visual Studies, Arts of Africa and Contemporary


307 Fine Arts Building