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Shantrelle P. Lewis
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EDUCATION
M.A. | Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
African American Studies (January 2007)

B.A. | Howard University, Washington, DC
African American Studies, Cum Laude (May 2001)
Double Major: Biology Pre-Med
Minor: Chemistry

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
• Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | Director of Exhibitions and Programs | New York, NY | 2009 – 2013
• HYCIDE Magazine | Guest Editor | Art Issue | 2012 – 13
• CURATE NYC | Curate NYC Judge | September – December 2011
• George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | Director and Curator | New Orleans, LA | 2007-09
• Young Friends Society of African Diasporan Institutions | Executive Director | Philadelphia, PA | 2005 – 2009
• African American Museum in Philadelphia | Museum Educator | Philadelphia, PA | 2004 – 2007
• African American Museum in Philadelphia | Founder of Young Friends Society of AAMP | Philadelphia, PA | 2005 – 2007

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
• “In A Time of Change” featuring the work of Delphine Fawundu-Buford | Gallery One, Jackson State University | Jackson, MS | February – March 2013
• “H(A)UNTED: Response to the Murder of Trayvon Martin | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | New York, NY | May – July 2012
• “H(A)UNTED: Public Installation | Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts | Brooklyn, NY | May 2012 – July 2013
• “In A Time of Change” featuring the work of Delphine Fawundu-Buford | Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts | May 2012 – August 2013
• “Dandy Lion: Articulating A Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity” | Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture | Baltimore, MD | February – May, 2012
• “Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity” | Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art | Newark, NJ | October – December 2011
• “Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Exploration of the New American Black South | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | New York, NY | September – December 2012
• “Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity | Open Ateliers Zuidoost | Amsterdam, NL | September 2011
• “Sex Crimes Against Black Girls” | Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Skylight Gallery | Brooklyn, NY | February – May 2011
• “Re-Imagining Haiti: Standing with Papa Legba: Vodou at the Crossroads” | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | January – May 2011
• “Re-Imagining Haiti: Le Projet Noveau” | Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art | Brooklyn, NY | January- May 2011
• “Dandy Lion: Behold…A Gentleman” | Society HAE’s Harlem PoP Up Gallery | Harlem, NY | November – December 2010
• “S.O.S. Saving Our Soul – Magic, Revelry and Resistance in Post-Katrina New Orleans Art” | Caribbean Cultural Center | New York, NY | September – December 2010
• “Life After Death: A Multi-Media Analysis of the Persona That Was/Is Fela Anikulapo Kuti” | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | New York, NY | June – October 2010
• “Audacious!: The lost films and fotography of funk diva Betty Davis” featuring the work of Numa Perrier | Three Peas Art Lounge | Chicago, IL | February – May 2011
• “Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically Personifying the Feminine in African Sacred Traditions” | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | New York, NY | March – May 2010
• “Founder’s Exhibition” (Permanent) | George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans, LA | 2007 – 2009
• “Standing with Papa Legba: The Intersection of Contemporary Haitian Art” | George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans, LA 2009
• “Glass Menagerie: The Reverse Glass of J’Renee” | George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans, LA | 2009
• “Hecho A Mano” | George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans, LA | 2009
• “Visual Jazz: Electrosonic painting by Marcus Brown” | George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans, LA | 2009
• “Behind the Façade” | George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans, LA | 2009
• “Shootout: Lonely Crusade…An Homage to Jamel Shabazz” | George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans, LA | 2008
• “My Big Chief Wear A Golden Crown: A Photographic Essay of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans” | Latte Lounge | Philadelphia, PA | 2006
• “Shootout: Reverberating the Spirit and Legacy of Jack T. Franklin” | African American Museum in Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 2006

AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS/RESIDENCIES

• Programme for People of African Descent Fellowship | United Nations | Geneva, Switzerland | 2014
• Curatorial Fellowship | Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts | Amsterdam, NL & Suriname | 2012 – 13
• Curatorial Residency | Open Ateliers Zuidoost | Amsterdam, NL | September 2011
• Top 40 Under 40| Philadelphia Tribune | Philadelphia, PA | 2006

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
• Dillard University | Intro to African World Studies | New Orleans, LA | 2008 – 2009
• Hyde Leadership Public Charter School | Teacher | Washington, DC | 2000 – 2004

CONFERENCES & PANELS ORGANIZED/PARTICIPATION
• “Beyond Post-Blackness: Reconstructing a Radical Discourse on a Criteria for [Black] Art.” Panelist | Congrès des écrivainEs et artistEs noirEs | McGill University | Montreal, Canada | October 2013
• “Show Up to Show Out: The Rise of Global Black Dandyism” | Chair/Panelist | “Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West” | NYU/Harvard | Paris, France | January 2013
• “A New Spelling of My Name: Black & Latina Feminism Today” | 6th Annual Re-Defining African American Conference | CCCADI – Dwyer Cultural Center | New York, NY | February 2012
• “Translating Identities, Negotiating Power: Caribbeans and Latin Americans in the U.S. | 7th Annual Re-Defining Conference | CCCADI – Dwyer Cultural Center | New York, NY | February 2012
• “Laying the Groundwork: DuBois, Dunham, Hurston and Schomburg – Trailblazing the Investigation of the African Diasporan Aesthetic” | CCCADI – Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | New York, NY | February 2011
• “Modernity and Matriarchy in African Sacred Traditions” | 5th Annual Women of Power Conference | CCCADI – Dwyer Cultural Center | New York, NY | March 2010
• “Beyond the Brown Paper Bag Test: De-constructing Black and Brown” 5th Annual Re-Defining African American Conference | Dwyer Cultural Center| New York, NY | February 2010

PUBLICATIONS
Books
• Dandy Lion | BlackPrint Press| forthcoming in 2014.
Essays
• Inside Out: Najee Dorsey | Art Voices Magazine | Summer 2014
• “Bow Ties and Rude Boys: The Rise of the Global Black Dandy | Afropunk.com | 2014 • “The Devil is a Liar: The Diasporic Trickster Tales of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kendrick Lamar” | ART PAPERS | The Hip Hop Issue | Jan/Feb 2014
• “American Apparel, Our Culture is Not Your Trick Nor Your Treat” | EBONY.com | October 14, 2013
• “Dutch Noir” | HYCIDE magazine | The ART ISSUE
• “Femme Fatale” Q&A with Numa Perrier | HYCIDE magazine | The ART ISSUE | 2011/12
• “Usual Suspects” Top Ten Artists of 2012 | HYCIDE magazine | The ART ISSUE | 2011/12
• “Reintroduction” Feature on Renee Cox | HYCIDE magazine | The ART ISSUE | 2011/12
• “Grills” Feature on Fletcher Williams, III | HYCIDE magazine | The ART ISSUE | 2011/12
• “Shuffering and Shimiling: Race, Degradation and Apathy in the Netherlands | shantology.com | October 26, 2012
• “When Things Aren’t So Black and White: Reacting to Race and Racism the Netherlands | shantology.com | September 24, 2012
• ARC Magazine – contributor | “Fear of a Black God: Renee Cox’s ‘Yo Mama’s Last Supper” | 2012

Catalogues
• “Giving Her A Voice.” Sex Crimes Against Black Girls Catalogue. Brooklyn, NY: Skylight Gallery, 2011
• “Dandy Lion: Articulating A Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity.” | Dandy Lion Catalogue. Newark, NJ: Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, 2011.

Reference Book Entries
• M.K. Asante and A. Mazama (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of African Religion | Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications, Inc., 2009 | Entries: Marie Laveau, Fon, Egungun

LECTURES

2004-present
“Art of the Diaspora.” Philadelphia International School, Philadelphia, PA.

“Lies My Teacher Told Me.” Black History Month Program, Southside Academy Environmental Science High School, Baltimore, MD

“Black Like Me: Cultural Connections of the African Aesthetic.” William Bodine High School, Philadelphia, PA.

“African Origins of Civilization.” Black History Month Lecture Series. Lafayette-Redeemer Senior Assisted-Living Center, Philadelphia, PA.

“Lies My Teacher Told Me.” 14th Annual Woman to Woman Conference, Howard University, Washington, DC.

“Hip Hop in Brazil.” Youthbuild High School, Philadelphia, PA.

“The African Aesthetic.” Howard University, Washington, DC.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
• ArtTable
• BlackStar FilmFestival
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Sacred Arts of Haiti, Brazil, and Cuba; Africanisms in New Orleans culture; contemporary art of the Caribbean; Dutch Caribbean Aesthetics, History and Culture; Traditional African Spirituality; African Aesthetics in the Diaspora; New Orleans History and Culture; African Literature; Caribbean Literature; Culture and Politics in Brazil; African Retentions; Black Dandyism; Haitian History; Afro-futurism; Renee Cox; Sexual Violence Against Women; Contemporary photography of the African Diaspora; Aesthetics of Hip Hop in the African Diaspora; and Afro-Latino culture and History.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Reading and translation proficiency in Spanish