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Photograph of Zoe Charlton

Zoe Charlton Associate Professor Department of Art

Contact
Send email to Zoe Charlton
(202) 885-3851 (Office)
CAS - Art
Katzen Arts Center - 101B
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Degrees
MFA, Painting, University of Texas at Austin

BFA, Studio Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee

Bio
I have positioned my practice in the vein of social commentary. I make large scale figure drawings, primarily of women adorned with culturally loaded objects and covered in dense collaged landscapes. I occasionally work in sculpture, animation, and collaborate with other artists to make installations and videos. I grew up in the military, primarily in northern Maine. Living in environments where my family was often one of two Black families in any given situation marked a profound shift in my understanding of how I identified myself. Throughout my life, I negotiate nuanced and layered identities, both prescribed and self-determined as a Black woman, an artist, and an academic. I received an MFA degree from the University of Texas, Austin (1999) and a BFA degree from Florida State University (1993). In 2001, I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since 2003, I’ve been teaching full-time at American University (DC) and received tenure in 2009. I served as Chair of the Department of Art from 2015-2018 and am the first Black American tenured professor in the department. I hold a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council, a board member of the Washington Project for the Art, and I am a co-founder of ‘sindikit, a collaborative art initiative, with my colleague Tim Doud. We created the ‘sindikit project to engage our overlapping creative research in gender, sexuality, race, and the economies of things.
See Also
Zoë Charlton, studio practice
'sindikit
additional collaborative art projects
For the Media
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Teaching

Fall 2020

  • ARTS-660 Research Practicum

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Constructions of Self & Other

Spring 2021

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Constructions of Self & Other

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • Barnwell Brownlee, Andrea and Cassel Oliver, Valerie.  Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, exhibition catalogue, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA, 2008, pp. 99, 156.
  • Valdez, Sarah.  “Bling and Beyond” exhibition review.  Art in America. New York: April 2006. No. 4, pp. 60-63. 2006

Exhibitions/Performances

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008 - Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C. “Family” (Nov. 14-Jan. 3)
  • 2007 - UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX. “Saint of the Suburbs” (Oct. 15-Nov. 7)
  • 2006 - Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL. “…in the beginning” (June 9-July 15)
  • Clementine Gallery, Project Room, New York City, NY. “Glory” (May 25-June 26)

Two Person Exhibitions

  • 2004 - Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD “There Goes the Neighborhood” (installation w/ Rick Delaney) (Nov. 11-Dec. 17)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2008 - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX (Oct. 18-Jan. 4, 2009) “Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970” curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and Valerie Cassel Oliver *

Residencies