Student Connections

Meet Dawoud Bey

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

February 22, 2012

Dawoud BeyDawoud Bey ’90 graduated with a B.A. in the Arts from the Metropolitan Center and went on for an MFA at the Yale University School of Art. He has been teaching for more than 30 years and is currently an associate professor of art at Columbia College in Chicago.

Bey began his artistic career in 1975 with a series of photographs -- Harlem, USA -- that was later exhibited in his first solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979.

A writer as well as an artist, Bey has published critical writings on contemporary art in books and journals in the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of several groundbreaking essays, including, “The Black Artist as Invisible Man,” in the catalog for “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975,” in which he places the work of African-American artists Al Loving, Joe Overstreet, Howardena Pindell and Jack Whitten within this important era in art history.