Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cheryl Finley, Associate Professor
Department of the History of Art
Cornell University
GM08 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
001.607.255.9861
001.607.255-0566
cheryl.finley@cornell.edu
https://arthistory.cornell.edu/cheryl-finley

Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History & Curatorial Studies
Director and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Art History
cfinley5@spelman.edu

Dr. Cheryl Finley is the Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Director of the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History & Curatorial Studies.

She is the author of Committed to Memory: the Art of the Slave Ship Icon (Princeton UP, 2018), awarded the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize for the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas published in 2018. Dr. Finley’s work has appeared in numerous academic and popular publications, including ApertureNka: Journal of Contemporary African ArtAmerican QuarterlyArt Forum, and Small Axe; in the co-authored publications My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South (Yale University Press, 2018), Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2011), and Diaspora, Memory, Place: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos- Pons, Pamela Z (Prestel, 2008); and in catalog essays on the artists Berenice Abbott, Terry Adkins, Löis Mailou Jones, Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Deborah Willis. She is a specialist in the art market, currently researching global art economy.

Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon
By Cheryl Finley
How an eighteenth-century engraving of a slave ship became a cultural icon of black resistance, identity, and remembrance
https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691136844/committed-to-memory

My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South
By Cheryl Finley, Randall R. Griffey, Amelia Peck, and Darryl Pinckney
A new consideration of extraordinary art created by Black artists during the mid-20th century
https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9781588396099/my-soul-has-grown-deep