New Exhibit - MSU Union Art Gallery "38.8%: Visualizing Racial Identity in Search of Selfhood and Others"

The "38.8%" exhibit is now on display at the MSU Union Art Gallery through June 10.

Click here to learn more about the exhibit. 


About the Artist-in-Residence:

Dr. Elka M. Stevens is a 2021– 2022 MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University and Associate Professor, Fashion Design program coordinator, and textiles collection curator in Howard University’s Art Department.  Her scholarly interests lie at the intersections of visual and material culture, international trade, and identity. As an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, she uses textiles and clothing as a lens of analysis, inspiration, and media for her written and creative works. Current research projects examine media and design pedagogy, black designers, impression management, and the digitization of a historic costume collection. As an engaged artist/practitioner, Stevens’ mixed media pieces explore issues of identity, globalization, social justice, and repurposing. She teaches courses on fashion, textiles, international trade, African American appearance, clothing history, entrepreneurship, and gender. In addition to teaching in excess of 25 years in the United States and Africa, Dr. Stevens has worked as a product development specialist, a micro-enterprise trainer for the Peace Corps, and a technology trainer in Ghana. Elka has also worked as a creative and marketing consultant for businesses in the US and Ghana. Her collaborative endeavors explore relationships between artists, ideas, media, and technologies. In addition to extensive teaching, research, and entrepreneurial endeavors, Elka has maintained membership in various service, academic, and professional organizations. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

The MSU artist in residency in Critical Race Studies is made possible thanks to generous support from the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), the MSU College of Arts and Letters, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.