ASHA IMAN VEAL
C.V. Summary and Links 2019
Through professional practice and formal education, I have spent the past eighteen years broadening my understanding of the arts as a multidisciplinary field of public discourse, capable to propose new frameworks and redraft contexts. My recent focus is on the formidable role of arts organizing and curatorial practice as powerful tactics of redefinition and mobility. At present, I am on Faculty in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy, and Department of Art Therapy, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently on the Exhibitions & Chicago/International Residency Team at Hyde Park Art Center. Further detail of my history of institutional affiliations and independent projects continues below. A partial list of artists worked with is available here.
2017 M.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Arts Administration and Policy
New Artist Society merit award
Thesis Project: The Tokyo Show: Black is Beautiful demonstrates curatorial practice and the discourses of contemporary art as instigators for cross-cultural dialogues across global space, and as personal and collective tools of eloquent disruption to the spatial imaginaries and historical inheritances of "race."
Thesis paper submitted June 2017 John M. Flaxman Library. Describes: Research of Tokyo-based arts ecologies and possible site-partners (field study); identification and analysis of curatorial models, based on historic exhibitions and contemporary projects; visual critical review of global arts depictions of Black America, c.1960s; interviews with Black American artists across generations including metal sculptor Richard Hunt; Warhol actress Abigail Rosen McGrath; and an interview with Louise Greaves, partner of the late filmmaker William Greaves.
Coursework in the Departments of: Arts Administration and Policy, Exhibition Studies, Contemporary and Modern Art History, Visual Critical Studies, Art Education.
Additional Training: Department of Exhibitions/Exhibition Studies, 17-month professional development and hands-on training in curating for a gallery space; 9 projects, more than 70 artists.
2007 M.F.A. The New School, Creative Writing Program
Concentration in Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Manuscript: Began non-linear memoir project Brooklyn (the black); published 2015 by The Places We've Been books. Thesis Paper: Centered on the challenges of communicating experientially specific, personal essay and memoir projects to colleagues and publics of varied and non-homogeneous cultural and social backgrounds, as readers may have different interpretations of a written work. Additional, independent study of contemporary literary and narrative practices, seeking textual yet creative examples that deepen the understanding of contemporary multiculturalism, particularly as experienced in North America and the U.K.
2004 B.A. New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Concentration in Writing, Culture, & Identity; magna cum laude
Received university endorsement for Marshall Scholarship candidacy in 2004, as one of six graduating seniors from across the university whose applications were selected to represent NYU for the international fellowship competition.
Coursework in the departments/programs of: Gallatin School Interdisciplinary Seminars (migration in American culture, race and American nationhood, American mythologies of Uncle Tom, American mythologies of Nat Turner, artist/ethnographer expeditions); Gallatin School Writing Workshops (life stories and culture, verbal and visual, true stories, the art of the personal essay, cultural writing, nonfiction); Journalism, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Performance, Economics, African American music history.
RESEARCH & PRACTICE AREAS
Arts organizing, models and practice; comparative arts ecologies; curatorial theory and practice, models and exhibition histories; cross-cultural arts exchange; inclusive economies; narrative nonfiction forms; memoir, personal essay, travel writing; contemporary multicultural literature; independent and creative publishing.
TEACHING & ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
September 2017 – present. Lecturer, on the Faculty of the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Courses to date, with full description available at the faculty bio page and my teaching page:
- Flexible Art Worlds (4260), since Summer 2017 - developed syllabus update
- Curating in the Expanded Field (3500), since Fall 2017 - developed syllabus update
- Being a Woman of Color in the Arts (3900), begins Fall 2019 - proposed and developed new course
- Artists Self-Promotion (4016), Spring 2019 - developed syllabus update
July 2019 – present. Lecturer, on the Faculty of the Department of Art Therapy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Art & Change on the West Side of Chicago (4015), since Fall 2019
November 2018 – present. Guest Lecturer for studio critique courses in the English for International Students program.
2018. Prismatic nonprofit organization for arts leadership and entrepreneurship, inaugural year of program. Lead teacher, for 8-week workshops at Chicago Public School sites Dyett Arts High School and Kenwood Academy High School.
PROFESSIONAL: CURATORIAL AND EXHIBITIONS + ARTS ADMINISTRATIVE AND NONPROFIT
2018 – 2019. Exhibitions Department & Artist Residency Team, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
Curator for The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful (2019)
Exhibition Coordinator for Ground Floor Biennial (2018); retrospective Deborah Boardman: Painter & (2018); artist Fo Wilson's Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times; Found Gestures; Exhibitions department
Team for 2018 and 2019 program of local and visiting international artists, in the Residency department
Year learning complex organizational/operating structures
2016 – 2017. Curatorial Assistant, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL.
Team for EXPO 2016, New Work 2016, We're Always On Time 2017, Design Show 2017, Mayor's cabinet 2017, et. al.
2018. Development independent contractor for new grant relationships, Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project, Chicago, IL.
2016 – 2017. Editor-in-Chief, emerge: journal of arts administration and policy, Chicago, IL.
2008 – 2011. Grant Writer more than $2 million, Illinois Action for Children, Chicago, IL.
2005 – 2007. Gallery Assistant and Editor, Molloy Art, SoHo, NY.
2004. Vote & Communications Associate, V-Day: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, New York, NY.
2011 – 2016. Founder, Director, Editor. The Places We've Been LLC, Chicago, IL.
CURATORIAL AND EXHIBITIONS, INDEPENDENT (ET. AL.)
2019 – present. The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful, ongoing, permanent resource collection of ephemera from contemporary Black and Brown American artists; Carris Adams, Brandon Breaux, Cognate Collective, Alex Bradley Cohen, Sarita Garcia, Jose Resendiz, Diana Quinones Rivera, William Greaves. Launch at Hyde Park Art Center, June 2019. Founder, Curator and Artistic Director. Abroad and Chicago, IL.
2019. Preview 9, exhibition featuring the 2019-2020 Chicago Artist Coalition's BOLT Artists-in-Residence. Concurrent with EXPO Chicago, Preview 9 presents works by Leticia Bernaus, Karen Dana Cohen, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Alejandro Jimenez-Flores, Tamara Becerra Valdez, and Latham Zearfoss. At Chicago Artists Coalition, September 2019. Guest Curator. Chicago, IL.
2016 – present. A Raisin in the Sun: by Lorraine Hansberry, exhibition project that explores global productions of the eponymous, classic and significant stage play since its debut on Broadway in 1959, Chicago, IL. (2020)
2018. Solo exhibition of work by painter Solomon Salim Moore. Guest curator, for Black Harvest Film Festival at Gene Siskel Film Center/Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL.
2018. The Braid/Talking Whiteboards, by artist Adelheid Mers. Workshop facilitator, for The Study Center for Group Work/Dakar Biennial of Contemporary Art, Dakar, Senegal and Chicago, IL. (cancelled due to funding)
2016. The Braid/Talking Whiteboards by artist Adelheid Mers. Project-based studio facilitator/manager, for Adelheid Mers. Chicago, IL.
2015. Environmental performance by artist Faheem Majeed at Millennium Park, for School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Interpretation and public engagement, Chicago, IL.
INVITED JURY AND PORTFOLIO REVIEW (ET. AL.)
2019 and 2018. Arts + Life / Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, artist residency review panelist, Chicago, IL.
2019. Jackman Goldwasser Artist Residency at Hyde Park Art Center, artist residency review panelist, Chicago, IL.
2018. OX-BOW Artist Residency, artist residency review panelist, Chicago, IL.
2018. ACRE Artist Residency, application review panelist, Chicago, IL.
2016. Home exhibition at ARC Gallery, co-juror, Chicago, IL.
PUBLIC PROGRAMMING AND COLLOQUIA ORGANIZED & CO-ORGANIZED (ET. AL.)
2019. IN SOUND, featuring artists Nesrine Khodr (visiting from Lebanon) and Elnaz Javani. Collaborative performance at Hyde Park Art Center, based on poetics in the sounds and experiences of language. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2019. The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown are Beautiful, collaboration with Asian Arts Midwest and visiting artists from Kioto Aoki's Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought. Artist talks with Diana Quinones Rivera (Chicago), Daisaku Ueno (Japan), and Hiroshi Mehata (Japan), at Hairpin Arts Center and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2018. Distance Between Words: Conversations about Culture, Language, Family, featuring artists Ishita Dharap, Kandis Friesen, Ashley M. Freeby, Maryam Taghavi. At Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2017. The Many Roles of a Global Curator, featuring Bisi Silva of the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos. For the emerge: journal of arts administration and policy and the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, held at the Chicago Stock Exchange Room at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2017. Expression of the Korean Ethos: True-view Landscape of the Late Joseon Period 17~20th Century, featuring Dr. Song-Mi Yi, Emerita of Art History at the Academy of Korean Studies. For the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, held at the SAIC MacLean classrooms and sponsored by SAIC Student Affairs for Korean and Chinese Advising, Chicago, IL.
2017. Conversation: Dr. Kellie Jones with Dr. Romi Crawford. For the emerge: journal of arts administration and policy, held at the Nichols Board Trustees Suite at the Art Institute of Chicago and co-sponsored by School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2016. Going Off (Shore): A Learning Symposium. For the Floating Museum project and the Art Education Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, held at the Neiman Center at SAIC, Chicago, IL.
2015. Introducing The Places We’ve Been books. For the Just Festival, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe U.K., held at St. John's Church on Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland U.K.
2014. Introducing The Places We've Been books. For the Collaborative Cities/Bridging Cultures program, held at the Chicago Cultural Center and co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago, IL.
2004 – 2006. Various public events for the V-Day Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls. The “Vote Campaign 2004 Launch” at the Culture Project Theater in New York; “V’s Vote Chicks Rock” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem 2004; "Hard Out Here for a Girl" at the Brooklyn Museum 2006; “Love Your Tree” at ABC Carpet and Home NY 2004; and “Until the Violence Stops” march on Juárez, Mexico 2004.
2006. Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow book signing. At Molloy Art gallery, SoHo, New York.
1999 and 2000. Annual conference of youth-supporting organizations. For the California Child Youth & Family Coalition, held at the Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, CA.
PUBLICATIONS (ET AL.)
Creative Manuscripts –
2015. Brooklyn (the black). Writer. Literary work, memoir. Print and e-book, published by The Places We've Been books (77 pages, ISBN 978-0989038973), Chicago, IL.
2013. The Places We've Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35. Editor. Literary work, anthology of travel narratives. Print and e-book, published by The Places We've Been books (400 pages, ISBN 978-0989038997), Chicago, IL.
Exhibitions and For Hire –
2019. Deborah Boardman: Painter, &. Editor. Exhibition catalogue. Print, published by Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago, IL.
2019. Dark Matter: Celestial Messages of Love in These Troubled Times. Editor and production coordinator. Exhibition catalogue and LP album. Print and vinyl, published by Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago, IL.
2018. Ground Floor Biennial 2018. Editor. Exhibition catalogue. Print, published by Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago, IL.
2017. emerge: journal of arts administration and policy. Editor-in-Chief. Online, published by the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exploratory and pedagogical tool to foster intersectional discourse on artistic practice, arts administration, and arts education. Multilingual. Chicago, IL.
2006. Apsaalooke: Art & Tradition. Editor. Exhibition catalogue. Print, published by Molloy Art. New York, NY.
1998 – 2009. Freelance writer in: Slice Magazine Issue I and Issue II and the former Slice Literary Blog (creative manuscripts), Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Pixel Press, TimeOut New York, The Sacramento Bee, Staten Island Advance, TeenPeople, Tisch School of the Arts NYU online.
FELLOWSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS, AWARDS (ET. AL.)
2018 – present. BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, invited member of the North America and Global Table; Equitable and Inclusive Economies workgroup with B-Labs. North America and Germany.
2017 – 2019. Transatlantic Core Group, sponsored by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and Chicago Council on Global Affairs, invited fellow of the second cycle cohort. Chicago, Hamburg, Berlin.
2018 – present. ALAANA Caucus at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2018 – present. Membership Committee at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL.
2018 - present. Member at Arts Leaders of Color Network, Chicago, IL.
2016. Chicago Forum on Global Cities, graduate schools delegation, Chicago, IL.
2011 – 2013. Illinois Action for Children, invited member of the Associates Board, Chicago, IL.
2017. Enrichment Fund Board project award, SAIC Department of Arts Administration and Policy, Chicago, IL.
2016. World Less Traveled project award, SAIC Study Abroad Travel Grant, Chicago, IL.
2015. DCASE Individual Artist Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL.
2015 – 2017. New Artist Society merit award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2014. Collaborative City/Bridging Cultures co-sponsorship award, Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago, IL.
2012. Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign, Chicago, IL.
ADDITIONAL STUDY AND TRAINING – U.S. AND ABROAD
2005, 2003. Cross-Cultural Dialogues and the EarSay oral history and theater nonprofit, project assistant, Queens, NY.
2004. NYU Tisch School of the Arts, semester-long documentary film research seminar, Vietnam and New York City.
2003. NYU Tisch School of the Arts, semester-long arts and culture research seminar, Cuba and New York City.
2002. Université de Montréal, three-week intensive in North American French heritage and culture, Quebec, Canada.
2003. TimeOut New York, editorial intern, New York, NY.
2002. MTV Networks, original programming and series development intern, New York, NY.
2001. The Staten Island Advance, newsroom intern and junior reporter, New York, NY.
1998. The Sacramento Business Journal, fact-checking department intern and junior assistant, Sacramento, CA.
1997 – 2000. The Sacramento Bee, TeenPage columnist, Sacramento, CA.
C.V. updated August 2019