Davidson College’s visiting Assistant Professor of Art Samantha Noel led seven students during the fall semester through a seminar titled “Art of the African Diaspora,” in which they explored the art history of people of African descent.

During their course of study, Kayla Cooper, Cidney Michelle Holliday, Tathiana Marcelin, Jamela Peterson, Katie Ramseur, Justin Stafford, and Sarah Thornton each wrote research papers considering how the movements of people through the Diaspora impacted art making in various geographical, cultural, and socio-political situations.

The students also picked one work of art from their papers to include in a virtual exhibition titled “Roots and Routes: Art of the African Diaspora.”

Their work was presented at a campus forum, but can also be found online at artdiaspora.omeka.net.