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Studio VU begins new Virtual lecture season with Dawit L. Petros on September 16, 2020

Posted by on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in News and Events.


The Vanderbilt University Department of Art and the Studio VU Lecture Series begins their new lecture series with Dawit L. Petros on September 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM. Petros’ lecture will be hosted via ZOOM, a first in the history of the Lecture Series (more information at end of article).


Dawit L. Petros is an Eritrean-Canadian visual artist, researcher and educator. He completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, NYC; an MFA (Visual Art) as a Fulbright Fellow at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a BFA (Photography) at Concordia University, Montreal, QC and a BA (History) at The University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Petros is a co-founder with Heba Y. Amin of the Black Athena Collective. Recent exhibition venues include Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bamako Biennale, Bamako, Mali; De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway
; Prospect.4, New Orleans, LO; and Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, NY. A solo exhibition travels from The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, ON and opens at University Buffalo Art Galleries on September 26th. Dawit L. Petros is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Tiwani Contemporary, London.

Petros will also present a virtual exhibition of curated works (with Assistant Professor Alejandro T. Acierto) with the beginning of the Space 204 Gallery exhibition schedule. The exhibition will open in September 2020 and can be found at the virtual Space 204 gallery.


The Vanderbilt University Department of Art annually invites national and international voices in  creative, curatorial, and critical-thought fields to the Vanderbilt campus through the Studio VU Lecture series.  Each invited visiting lecturer has a recognized career in visual arts, performance art, art criticism, and/or a combination of several. In addition to presenting a lecture, the visiting Studio VU speaker conducts critiques with the Vanderbilt Department of Art senior major students.

The Department of Art would like to thank all collaborators, cosponsors, and community (past and present) for their continued support for the Studio VU program.

All lectures are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted on promotional materials.

Please email to register for the lecture.