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.