Ajuan Mance is a Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at Mills College and a lifelong artist and writer. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In both her scholarly writing and her visual art, Ajuan explores issues of race, gender, and the people and places in which they intersect. The creator of the 1001 Black Men online sketchbook, Ajuan has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as comic and zine fests, from the Bay Area to Brooklyn. Her comics include the Gender Studies series and the web-based comic strip Check All That Apply. Her comics have also appeared in several anthologies including: Alphabet and We’re Still Here, both from Stacked Decked Press; Drawing Power power, from Abrams Press; the How to Wait anthology, edited by Sage Persing; and the upcoming Menopause: A Comic Treatment, from Penn State University Press. Her work has appeared in a number of digital and print media outlets, including, most recently, Blavity.com, BET.com, Transition Magazine, Buzzfeed.com, NPR,org, the San Francisco Chronicle, KPIX TV, Pen.com, Publisher’s Weekly.com, the NewYorkTimes.com, and NewYorker.com.
From the Artist:
In every piece I create, my goal is to enchant and transport viewers beyond what we’ve been taught about the Black past, the Black present, and Black futures. I use bright colors and clean, simple lines to depict Black people and experiences beyond the limits of space, time, and the ordinary. I call this show ``Black Art from the Edge of the Universe,`` because I want to use drawing and painting and digital collage to create a universe in which anything is possible.