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.

Residents of The Black Embodiments Studio deeply engage with models of writing that bridge academic, contemporary arts writing, and writing for the public sphere, paying particular attention to the genre of exhibition catalogs and reviews.


During this time, residents  develop and workshop their own pieces of short-form, publishable arts criticism concerning black embodiments, developing their writing to be accessible to multiple audiences and shaping their practice as public intellectuals.


Resident also gain intimate access to artists, scholars, and curators invited to be “in residence” with The Studio, as their work on contemporary black embodiments itself models the innovation, accessibility, and criticality that residents strive for in their own writing. Opening themselves up to the larger University of Washington and Seattle communities, these guest residents  give public presentations on their practice.