Maurita N. Poole, PhD is Director and Curator at Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries, an institutionthat emphasizes the critical study and exhibition of African and African Diaspora art. The museum is the home of Hale Woodruff’s Art of the Negro murals (1952) and major holdings of African American historical art by artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, William H. Johnson, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, Norman Lewis, and Lois Mailou Jones. Additionally, the collection includes traditional African art, primarily from West Africa, and works by contemporary African Diaspora artists such as Radcliffe Bailey, Albert Chong, Stefanie Jackson, and Fahamu Pecou.
She graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Government in 1998 and received her doctorate from the Department of Anthropology at Emory University in 2011. From 2012-2015, she served as the Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at Williams College Museum of Art where she curated Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs (2015), Zanele Muholi (2014), and Myra Greene: Selections from My White Friends (2013).