College of The Bahamas School Named Fall 2021 Fellow of The Clark Artwork Institute in Massachusetts – Sugarcane Journal ™

College of The Bahamas Assistant Professor of Design and the Head of Visible Arts and Design Division

Keisha Oliver has been named a Fall 2021 Fellow of The Clark Artwork Institute in Massachusetts.


Oliver is the primary recipient of The Clark’s Caribbean Artwork and Its Diasporas Fellowship which helps artwork historians,

artists, critics, and writers who’re participating with the complexity of essential Caribbean scholarship, artwork, and visible

practices. Specializing in themes of illustration and cultural conservation; her present pursuits as an

unbiased curator and researcher look at historic and modern practices inside Bahamian artwork and

visible tradition.


Chartered in 1950 The Clark is without doubt one of the few establishments in america that mixes a public artwork museum

and a number one worldwide middle for analysis supported by a distinguished artwork historical past library. Its analysis and

tutorial program helps scholarship in visible tradition, artwork historical past, and interdisciplinary inquiry. Clark fellowships

are awarded to established and promising students with the purpose of fostering a essential dedication to the idea,

historical past, and interpretation of artwork.


Throughout her time at The Clark, Oliver will pursue an archival venture which maps the origins of Bahamian artwork within the

1950-Nineteen Sixties. That is famous as a essential interval marking the emergence of formal artwork training within the nation

established by outstanding figures like Horace Okay. Wright, Don Russell and David Rawnsley who skilled the primary

era of pre-independence artists.



Above: Keisha Oliver

“In The Bahamas artwork historical past is dwarfed by modern practices whereas cultural conservation turns into a

vanishing necessity. Its misplaced to a era of post-independence historians and teachers who realized the

significance of preserving historic data within the nation’s path towards decolonialism. As help, funding, and

scholarship traits shifted previously 50 years, only a few students on this subject stay. My analysis focuses on the

unearthing of marginalized historic views that can contribute to a extra inclusive and various archival

file of Bahamian artwork, one that offers visibility to those that seem as footnotes in our historical past,” stated Oliver.


Oliver’s venture will make a major contribution to Caribbean artwork historical past research as she highlights the urgency

of digital archival practices. Her analysis examines the intersection of design pondering, pedagogy, and decolonial

concept in addressing a shift within the framing of historic narratives that problem dominant representations and

stigmas of outsider cultures.


As a part of The Clark’s Fall 2021 fellowship program, Oliver can be finishing her analysis alongside 5 visiting

students: Roberto Conduru of Southern Methodist College, Edward Payne of Aarhus College, Irene V. Small of

Princeton College, Cynthia Hahn of Hunter Faculty and unbiased artwork historian and curator Cecilia Faja-Hill.

“It is a uncommon alternative for me to work with established teachers from throughout a variety of artwork historical past

disciplines. Additionally I’m impressed by the probabilities of regional collaborative alternatives and the possibility to

broaden the dialogue in Bahamian artwork and visible tradition,” stated Oliver.


Whereas at The Clark, Oliver will give a public lecture “Virtually Forgotten: Marginalized Histories in Bahamian Artwork

(1950 – Nineteen Sixties)” on Tuesday, October nineteenth on the Manton Analysis Middle adopted by a seminar on Wednesday,

October twentieth.



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