Weitzman News

Posted February 8, 2022

Center for Public Art and Space Welcomes Ashon Crawley as 2022 Visiting Scholar Artist

This spring, the Center for Public Art and Space (CPAS) at Weitzman will be hosting renowned writer, artist, and educator Ashon Crawley (C’03) as its 2022 visiting scholar artist. Crawley’s work explores the intersection of performance, blackness, queerness, and spirituality.

Crawley is author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press) and The Lonely Letters (Duke University Press), a winner of 2021 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction. He is the founder of otherwise arts lab, an integrative arts space and experimental practice. A MacDowell interdisciplinary arts fellow, and a New City Arts Initiative Fellow, Crawley has had his work presented at Second Street Gallery, Welcome Gallery, Bridge Projects and the California African American Museum. Crawley is an associate professor of Religious Studies and African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

“We are thrilled to invite Dr. Crawley back to Penn as a preeminent scholar-artist, a crucial and critical thinker on matters of public installation and engagement, and as an alum,” says Paul Farber, senior research scholar at CPAS and director of Monument Lab.

Crawley will be visiting campus for a public lecture on April 6, 2022, and working on other engagements with students, staff, faculty, and Philadelphia area audiences.

Last year, CPAS hosted researcher Sue Mobley as its inaugural visiting scholar.