Each year, an artist is invited by a group of panelists consisting of AAADS faculty, colleagues at Columbia and our partnering institutions. The residency offers established and emerging artists an opportunity to deepen their creative practice while enriching the scholarship and academic experience of students. The Artist-in-Residence assists in shaping the intellectual vision, programming and curriculum at AAADS in ways that last beyond the period of their residency. During their time in residence the artist will offer one public program, and one course for student engagement. The current Artist-in-Residence is Mickalene Thomas.

Current Artist-in-Residence

Nora Chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for black native Africans - known as group B schooling - and has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (law) and at Mills College in Oakland, CA (dance).


Public Program

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Past Artist-in-Residence

2022/2023 Artist-in-Residence

Photo of artist Mickelene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas is the 2022-2023 Artist-in- Residence of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. Born in Camden, New Jersey Thomas’ work explores themes of gender, race, sexuality, femininity and beauty.

Thomas received her BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2000. In 2002, she received her MFA in Painting from the Yale University School of Art. From 2020-2021, Thomas has served as the Presidential Visiting Fellow as well as the Visiting Core Critic for Graduate Painting/Printmaking at Yale University School of Art.

Her recent exhibitions include Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Mickalene Thomas: Guarding the Art and Mickalene Thomas: Monet.


2021/2022 Artist-in-Residence

Jason Moran


Pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX in 1975. He earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is currently the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. His activity stretches beyond the 15 critically acclaimed solo recordings. His 21-year relationship with his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen) has resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records and Yes Records, a label he co-owns with his wife, singer and composer Alicia Hall Moran. Moran keeps a close relationship with music and activism, culminating in his film scoring with director Ava DuVernay on SELMA and 13th.  His groundbreaking multimedia tributes to Thelonious Monk, Fats Waller, and James Reese Europe have shifted the jazz performance paradigm.  Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory.