Steffani Jemison, Trinity College

Visiting Assistant Professor Hartford, Connecticut Steffani.Jemison@trincoll.edu Office: (860) 297-4223

Bio/Research

Steffani Jemison received a BA from Columbia University (Comparative Literature). After working as a writer, editor, arts administrator, and filmmaker, she pursued graduate school in studio art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally...

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Bio/Research

Steffani Jemison received a BA from Columbia University (Comparative Literature). After working as a writer, editor, arts administrator, and filmmaker, she pursued graduate school in studio art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally, and she has recently delivered lectures about her work at The Menil Collection (Houston, TX), The Contemporary Art Museum Houston (Houston, TX), Prairie View A&M University (Houston, TX), and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). In addition to her art practice, Jemison is active as a writer and curator: her writing has recently been published in Art Lies and in the book I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette, and she has curated exhibitions and time-based programs for Light Industry (New York), The Museum of Arts and Design (New York), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York). Jemison is also the founding editor of Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring conceptual literary works by visual artists. She recently completed artist residencies with Project Row Houses (Houston, TX); the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, TX); Studio Lab at the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME). Upcoming projects include Museum as Hub: Alpha's Bet Isn't Over Yet, an exhibition in collaboration with Jamal Cyrus at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY), as well as a solo exhibition at LA>
Jemison believes that the visual arts frame a way of seeing as well as an art historical discipline; accordingly, her classroom emphasizes the historical context of contemporary art practices as well as the powerful impact of the artist’s eye on everyday perception. Her courses encourage students to competently discuss debates in contemporary art and recent art history, historically and conceptually contextualize work produced in class, and make connections with other scholarly fields. Keeping in mind that the discourse of art plays itself out through multiple media—magazine and newspaper criticism, academic articles, exhibition press releases and catalogues, blogs and other informal critical exchanges, artist interviews and writings, private studio visits, and exhibitions themselves—she draws upon the fullest possible range of sources in the classroom. Her goal is to strengthen students' sensitivity, confidence, attention to detail, and respect for history, inside and outside the art studio.


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