Leslie King-Hammond

Leslie King-Hammond was awarded a full stipend-tuition scholarship under the SEEK Grant CUNY, Queens College (BFA degree, 1966-69), and attended The Johns Hopkins University under a Horizon Fellowship for doctoral studies in art history (1969). In 1973, she started to teach art history at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  In 1976, she completed the Ph.D. and was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at MICA where she teaches in the Art History Department.
In 2008 she became Graduate Dean Emeritus and was appointed the Founding Director of the new Center for Race and Culture at MICA. She received numerous grants and awards: Mellon Grants for Faculty Research (1988, 1989, 2005); Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching (1985), NEA artist grant (2001). She was appointed Chairperson of the Collections and Exhibits Committee at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture (2006), became the Chairperson of the Board (2007), and sits on the Board of the Creative Alliance for the Artists, Baltimore, MD.
Between 1985 and 1998, King-Hammond was the project director for Ford/Phillip Morris Fellowships for Artists of Color at MICA.  Boards she serves on include: Executive Board, International Association of Art Critics (2000-2003); President, College Art Association (1996-2000; Vice-President, Jacob Lawrence Catalog Riasonne Project; Center For Emerging Artists (2005-2007); Advisory Board, Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts, Kingston, Jamaica (1988-Present).
Major exhibitions and publications include Celebrations:  Myth and Ritual in African American Art (Studio Museum in Harlem, 1982); Art as a Verb (The Maryland Institute College of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Met Life Gallery, 1988); Gumbo Ya Ya; An Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artists (Midmarch Arts Press, 1995); Vice-President and essayist for the Jacob Lawrence Catalog Riasonné Project, Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence (University of Washington Press, 2000); Aminah Robinson: Aesthetic Realities/Artistic Vision in The Art of Aminah Robinson (Columbus Museum of Art, 2003); Hughie Lee-Smith (2009) Pomegranate Press; Co-Curated and Co-Authored with Lowery Stokes Sims, The Global Africa Project (Museum of Arts and Design, 2010).
King-Hammond won Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Studio Museum in Harlem (2002), Lifetime Service, Maryland Institute College of Art (2005), The DuBois Circle (2006), Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Art Caucus-College Art Association and the James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University and an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship (2008). The Detroit Institute of the Arts awarded her Alain Locke International Prize (2010).
One to Watch: Mina Cheon
Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA) is a Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Baltimore, NY, and Seoul, Korea. As an artist, Cheon has exhibited internationally what she calls her “Political Pop Art,” work that includes installation, performance, video, and interactive media. Cheon’s art addresses the relationship between media and political conflicts within Asia and Asia’s relationship with the Western world. Her projects have been shown in solo exhibitions at the Lance Fung Gallery, New York (2002), Insa Art Space, Art Council, Seoul, (2005), and C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore (2008), and will be featured in an 2012 exhibition at The Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul.
Cheon was awarded the 2010 MLK Unity Week Award at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for her efforts to promote cultural diversity within and beyond MICA, where she is a full-time professor, teaching in fine art studio, new media, and liberal arts. Cheon received her PhD in Philosophy of Media and Communications from the European Graduate School, under the guidance of critical theorist Avital Ronell in 2008, and published her book Shamanism + Cyberspace (Atropos Press, NY and Dresden) in 2009. Cheon also has an MFA in painting from MICA (1999) and another MFA in digital arts from the University of Maryland (2002), and a BFA from Ewha Woman’s University (1996), Seoul, Korea.