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Henry Drewal

Henry Drewal

Expert on African and African Diaspora arts and cultures; African American arts

Evjue-Bascom Professor, art history and Afro-American Studies; adjunct curator, Chazen Museum of Art College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-9362 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • African American arts, culture and history
  • African Diaspora arts -- Afro-Latino arts and cultures of the Americas (Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela; African presence in South Asia (India/Pakistan)
  • African arts and cultures -- early, classical traditions to modern and contemporary arts (visual and performing)


  • Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award; Arnold Rubin book award; many UW Faculty research grants; guest curator of several African art exhibitions
  • Author, "Gelede: Art and Female Power among the Yoruba," "Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art & Thought," "Beads, Body & Soul," "Sacred Waters"
  • Guggenheim Fellowship; several NEH/NEA grants; 2 Fulbright Fellowships (Brazil & Benin); Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio); Founding member, Arts Council of the African Studies Association