A graduate arts writing residency and public lecture series that queries how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through visual, aural, and affective realms—engaging three domains that underwrite the physical and metaphysical dimensions of inhabiting skin marked as “black”.


In focusing on embodiment, The Studio highlights the term as a verb that invokes activity and movement, as well as the temporary and fleeting. As a dynamic category of analysis, embodiments clears space to consider the repeated, performative constitution of blackness while remaining attuned to the material consequences of being black.

The Black Embodiments Studio accepts up to 10 University of Washington graduate students per quarter to be in residence.


The Studio is run by Kemi Adeyemi in collaboration with The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and is generously supported by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.