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Zoe Charlton Professor Department of Art

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(202) 885-3851 (Office)
CAS - Art
Katzen Arts Center - 101B
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MFA, Painting, University of Texas at Austin

BFA, Studio Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee

Favorite Spot on Campus
I make large scale figure drawings, primarily of women adorned with culturally loaded objects and covered in densely collaged landscapes. I occasionally work in sculpture, animation, and collaborate with other artists to make installations and videos. I grew up in the military, primarily in northern Maine. I negotiate nuanced and layered identities, both prescribed and self-determined as a Black woman, an artist, and an academic.

I received an MFA degree from the University of Texas, Austin (1999) and a BFA degree from Florida State University (1993). In 2001, I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since 2003, I’ve been teaching full-time at American University (DC) and received tenure in 2009.

I served as Chair of the Department of Art from 2015-2018 and am the first Black American tenured professor in the department. I hold a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council, a board member of the Washington Project for the Art, and I am a co-founder of ‘sindikit, a collaborative art initiative, with my colleague Tim Doud. We created the ‘sindikit project to engage our overlapping creative research in gender, sexuality, race, and the economies of things.
See Also
Zoë Charlton, studio practice
additional collaborative art projects
For the Media
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Spring 2022

  • AFAM-350 Topics African Am/Diaspora St: Feminist Artists of Diaspora

Fall 2022

  • ARTS-660 Research Practicum

  • CORE-106 Complex Problems Seminar: Constructions of Self & Other

  • HNRS-150 AU Honors Exper Learning

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Selected Publications

  • Barnwell Brownlee, Andrea and Cassel Oliver, Valerie.  Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, exhibition catalogue, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA, 2008, pp. 99, 156.
  • Valdez, Sarah.  “Bling and Beyond” exhibition review.  Art in America. New York: April 2006. No. 4, pp. 60-63. 2006


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008 - Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C. “Family” (Nov. 14-Jan. 3)
  • 2007 - UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX. “Saint of the Suburbs” (Oct. 15-Nov. 7)
  • 2006 - Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL. “…in the beginning” (June 9-July 15)
  • Clementine Gallery, Project Room, New York City, NY. “Glory” (May 25-June 26)

Two Person Exhibitions

  • 2004 - Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD “There Goes the Neighborhood” (installation w/ Rick Delaney) (Nov. 11-Dec. 17)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2008 - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX (Oct. 18-Jan. 4, 2009) “Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970” curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and Valerie Cassel Oliver *