Asha Iman Veal is a curator whose work advocates cross-cultural solidarity across communities that are often kept apart by geographic or political distance. She is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), and faculty at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, she developed and led the independent exhibition RAISIN, exploring the global proliferation of an arts-based format that has encouraged dialogues on justice in cities across the world (Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021).
Asha Iman is a Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Senior Fellow (EU/UK/USA), and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader (Germany/global table). Her previous work includes projects and/or arts research in Chicago, New York, Edinburgh, Vietnam, Juárez, Havana, Tokyo, and more; as well as being an Associate Festival Producer for playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day global movement to end violence against women and girls (NY).
Her recent exhibitions include: Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part at MoCP (2022); Martine Gutierrez at MoCP (2021); Dream at Hyde Park Art Center (2021); RAISIN as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2021); and The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful at Hyde Park Art Center (2019). She has served as a juror and nominator for contemporary art centers and residencies including University of Chicago Arts, University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race Politics Culture, Experimental Sound Studio, and others; as well as grantors including 3Arts and Arts Work Fund. She is on the board of Heaven Gallery. Her projects have been featured by international cultural organizations such as Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, and more.
Asha Iman is passionate and committed in her work as an arts professor. Since 2017 she has been faculty at SAIC, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Arts Administration & Policy (Associate Professor Adj.). She is faculty advisor for the emerge: Journal of Arts Administration & Policy, as well as proposed and developed the Being a Woman of Color in the Arts course.
B.A. The Gallatin School at New York University, M.F.A. The New School, M.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Little-known fact: Asha Iman obtained her M.F.A. Creative Writing and maintains an independent practice—apart from the world of contemporary art. Her literary projects and published works include Brooklyn (the Black) 2015, The Places We’ve Been 2013 (ed.), and others.