Faculty + Staff

Get to know the people that make our art history and curatorial studies program possible.


Inaugural Director

A prize-winning author, widely-published academic and supported by some of the most respected scholarly institutions throughout the world, Dr. Finley is a specialist in the art market, currently researching global art economy.


Program Manager

With nearly a decade of Higher Education Administration experience specifically in Visual Arts, she has an unwavering commitment to shaping the next generation of African American art professionals.


Program Coordinator

As an arts management professional, curator and program development manager, she brings her innovative and progressive approach from previous experience in some of the nation’s largest art scenes.


Assistant Professor and Program Director

With interests in the commodification of space and building aesthetics, her works question universal standards, and have garnered many local and national recognitions.

Yasmine Espert


Visiting Professor, Art History

As a visiting professor of art at Spelman College, her courses consider art in the African diaspora through topics such as ability, gender, race, sexuality, decoloniality, religion, archives, popular culture and material culture.

Christopher Hickey


Professor of Art

As a professor of art at Clark Atlanta University, he teaches studio art with a focus on printmaking and drawing. His works have been featured in numerous juried exhibitions — regional and international.


Associate Professor, Art History

With an interest in visual satires of power in Africa, Dr. Ola is an associate professor of art history at Spelman College who joins us with a myriad of national and international awards, recognitions and publications.


CAU Art Museum Director and Curator

As director and curator at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Dr. Poole strengthens the organization’s infrastructure, and is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of museum professionals.

Bernida Webb-Binder


Assistant Professor, Art History and Curatorial Studies

Previously serving as gallery educator at Phillips Collection, Dr. Webb-Binder’s primary research focuses on Pacific art and blackness in Diasporic art and visual culture in the U.S.

Jasmine Wilson


Graduate Research Assistant, Art History and Curatorial Studies

An arts administrator, writer, and graduate student from Atlanta, GA. Her commitment to visual culture spans four years of internships, fellowships, museum work, and involvement in Atlanta’s creative community.