Center for the Art of Africa and Its Diasporas, University of Texas, Austin

Mission Statement
The Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas (CAAD) at the University of Texas at Austin is an intellectual organization involving scholars, historians, artists, and critics that appreciate, study, support, foster, and promote the arts of Africa and its Diasporas. CAAD champions a holistic definition of the arts, while enriching and broadly drawing on faculty from the College of Fine Arts, as well as from associates from other colleges, centers, and departments in the university of Texas at Austin. It focuses on the advanced creation, function, and understanding of art traditions of as well as within Africa and its Diasporas. While foregrounding aesthetic, pedagogical, and community interests, the activities supported by CAAD contextualize the making, consumption, and analysis of art within the crossroads of gender, sexuality, race, political, sociological, and intellectual debates and practices. As a coordinating matrix, CAAD serves as a confluence and catalyst for the diversity of talents within and outside UT, for exploring and maximizing the creative energy and expressive cultural productions of the peoples of Africa and its diasporas. The central philosophical position of the CAAD is to engage the art of Africa and its Diasporas as a tool for enriching humanizing principles and practices. CAAAD activities anchor on the idea of remodeling the classroom, research, production, and analysis of the art of Africa and its diasporas to effect positive social change, and achieve the highest goals of cultivating and elevating the human mind.

Moyo Okediji, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Director, Center for the Art of Africa and Its Diasporas
University of Texas, Austin
1 University Station D1300
Austin, TX 78712

John Yancey, MFA
John D. Murchison Regents Professor in Art
University of Texas, Austin
1 University Station D1300
Austin, TX 78712


Michael Ray Charles, MFA
Professor of Art
University of Texas, Austin
1 University Station D1300
Austin, TX 78712

Cherise Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History
University of Texas, Austin
1 University Station D1300
Austin, TX 78712

Christopher Adejumo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
University of Texas, Austin
1 University Station D1300
Austin, TX 78712

Eddie Chambers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Texas, Austin
1 University Station D1300
Austin, TX 78712