Dr. dele jegede, Professor Emeritus of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, has over four decades of experience as artist, art historian, painter, cartoonist, art critic, curator, and art administrator. After a first-class honors degree in studio art from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, he obtained his Masters and doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied under Professor Roy Sieber. His professional experience includes several solo and group exhibitions in Nigeria and the U.S and a long list of scholarly publications. He has authored several monographs, essays, and reviews on diverse aspects of African, and African-American art. He began his career at the Daily Times of Nigeria as Art Editor and cartoonist before moving to the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Nigeria, where he rose to become the Director of the Center for Cultural Studies before moving to the U.S. in 1993 with his family. He was Fulbright Scholar, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia (1987-1988); President, Society of Nigerian Artists (1989-1992); President, Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) (1996-1998). In 1995, he was Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His academic administrative positions include Professor and Chair of Department at Indiana State University, Terre Haute (IN), and Miami University, Oxford, (OH). He is recipient of the Distinguished Africanist Award of the University of Texas at Austin. Professor jegede is actively engaged in full-time art-making. His recent exhibition—Transitions—at Terra Kulture in Lagos (July 14th-23rd, 2016) was a tremendous success.
The Celestial Aesthetic Series deals with my recent interest in cosmic vastness, its deep, enchanting interminability, and celestial majesty. I was drawn to this reality following the sudden death of our dearly beloved son, Ayodele Jegede at the prime of life. Where did Ayo go? What unifies this series is the inexhaustiveness of possibilities and the spectacular result that often emerges from the manipulation and timing of fluids on canvas. Of course, to be enjoyed also is the challenges that it poses because of its one-of-a-kind nature.
As an art historian, my work attempts to disrupt the canonical imbalance in the historicization of texts by privileging the African and African-American perspective. As a painter, I employ a variety of media to inveigh against economic constructs that perpetuate the subaltern condition of the underclass. As a cartoonist, I drench acerbic issues in palatable coats for public consumption, and often at the expense of the powerful. As a teacher, I relished motivating my students to be respectful of the essence of divergency even as they sought to contribute to knowledge. My work attempts to rupture the boundaries that are installed in the way that we construct and affirm self-hood.
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