Dr. Christopher Adejumo
Visual Art Studies / Art Education: Community Based Art Education
Christopher Adejumo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts (Graphic Design) in 1983 from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He studied Visual Designs (Printmaking) at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he received an MFA degree in 1993. In 1997, Adejumo received a PhD in Art Education from the Ohio State University.
Associate Professor Adejumo has published over twenty-five book chapters, articles, and instructional guides on visual art and art education. He has given over forty lectures on art education and African visual and material cultures. A practicing artist, Adejumo’s relief prints, low-relief sculptures, and paintings have been shown in over thirty local, state, national, and international exhibitions, of which twelve were solo exhibitions. He has conducted over thirty visual art workshops at reputable venues, including the Dallas Museum of Art. He collaborated with the Dallas Museum of Art in the production of a documentary on the Yoruba Ibeji or twin figures.
Adejumo has made outstanding contributions to the field of art education through several innovative programs such as "Children of the Future" community art program in Columbus, Ohio. He is the founder and Director of the Greater Tomorrow Youth Art Program in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Adejumo has received several academic excellence awards, including the 1992 GTECH Minority Academic Excellence Award at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In recognition of his efforts in the development of community-based art education, in 2002, Adejumo was nominated by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for the Eugene Grigsby Jr. national award for "outstanding contributions to community-based art education." He received the award in 2004.
The philosophy that guides Adejumo’s public school and community-based art outreach initiatives is predicated on the conviction that art education faculty in institutions of higher learning should participate actively in the development of art and art education in the public schools and alternative settings within community.