Angie Epifano is a PhD student in the History of Art with a focus on West African art and the art of the Afro-Atlantic, particularly the African Diaspora in Brazil. Her work primarily focuses on material culture produced from the eighteenth to the early-twentieth centuries. She is interested in issues of power, resistance, materiality, and cultural exchange between African actors. She received her M.A. from the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago in 2018. She graduated summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark College, receiving a B.A. with honors in Art History and Gender Studies in 2016. She attended Amherst College prior to Lewis & Clark, where she studied Studio Art with a focus on photography. Her first article, entitled “The Image of Sékou Touré: Art and the Making of Postcolonial Guinea,” was published in 2019 in the edited volume, Fictions of African Dictatorships.
Angie has done extensive fieldwork and archival research throughout West Africa, Brazil, and Europe. Her research has been supported by a number of grants, including a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, a Conference Travel Grant from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, the Brazil Initiation Scholarship from the Brazil Studies Association, and a Tinker Field Research Grant for studies in Latin America. She is deeply committed to advancing pedagogy in African Studies and diversifying the field of the History of Art. She was a Diversity Ambassador to the Creating Connections Consortium Summit on Diversity in the Humanities for UChicago.