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Asha Iman Veal

Arts Professor and Curator


Asha Iman Veal is the 2020/2022 Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. In 2019, she was a curator for The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful at the Hyde Park Art Center. She positioned artists of color at the center of global dialogues, advocating solidarity across communities kept apart due to geographic or political distance. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Arts Administration & Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and leads the undergraduate courses “Being a Woman of Color in the Arts,” “Flexible Art Worlds,” and “Curating in the Expanded Field”; and the graduate course on arts ecologies. Asha has juried for Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Her background includes researching arts organization models and contemporary projects, touring arts ecologies, and working in Tokyo, Edinburgh, Havana, Vietnam, Juárez, New York, and other places. Asha completed her bachelor’s degree at the Gallatin School at New York University, a master’s degree in Creative Writing at The New School, and a master’s degree in Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Asha grew up in Northern California. She loves cooking delicious omelets and enjoys long walks in snowy parks.

“I believe that it’s possible to challenge and reflect on a nation’s identity through exploring cross-cultural solidarity across communities that are often kept apart by geographic or political distance.”

Learn more about Asha’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship project here and you can find her blog here.


Updated June 2021

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