Joseph L. Underwood

Joseph L. Underwood is a PhD candidate from Lexington, Kentucky. With degrees in art history, art criticism, and French, he has conducted research in North and West Africa and won awards including the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, James G. Stemler Scholarship, and Skidmore College Faculty Development Grant. He has contributed to exhibition projects at the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Musée Boribana (Dakar), The Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art.

He is currently a Lecturer (Visiting Assistant Professor) in the Art History Department at Skidmore College where he teaches courses related to Africa and its Diaspora, African-American Art, Politics of Display, and Ephemeral Exhibitions (World Fairs, Biennials, Festivals).

His research focuses on the platforms which Senegalese artists have used since 1960 to navigate the increasingly global art world, moving within transnational networks to engage both local and foreign audiences.

Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward is an Ma/Phd student interested in the ideas of identity and visual literacy in the fields of commercial art and illustration.

His work has explored the lives of illustrators such as C. Coles Phillips, the development of modern mythologies, and the role of propaganda in Latin American dictatorships.