Professors Joseph Underwood and Mahwish Chishty Receive Faculty Research Awards | School of Art | Kent State University

Professors Joseph Underwood and Mahwish Chishty Receive Faculty Research Awards

Assistant Professor of Art History, Joseph Underwood and Assistant Professor of Foundations, Mahwish Chishty received awards recognizing their outstanding research from Kent State University.  Ms. Chishty received the Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award and Dr. Underwood received the Outstanding New Faculty Research and Scholarship Award.  Sponsored by the University Research Council and the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, this award is intended to recognize Kent State’s exceptional researchers and scholars.  Awardees are selected based on the quality of their research, creative activities and scholarship and their impact on society.  Both faculty members were recognized for their achievements at an award ceremony on April 23, 2019.

Joseph L. Underwood is a scholar and curator whose research focuses on artists from the African continent and the Diaspora. As an art historian of the modern and contemporary periods, his projects focus on the mid-to-late twentieth century and encompass themes from the Postwar era: including post-colonialism, (trans)nationalism, globalization, and biennialism.  His research is especially focused on Francophone West and North Africa, charting how artists have created transnational networks of influence since the mid-20th century.

Mahwish Chishty’s artistic research combines my interest in Pakistani traditional folk art/culture and contemporary politics as it relates to the US/Pakistan relationship. Her work focuses on war, particularly the use of drones and missiles and how this type warfare impacts citizens’ lives.  Chishty’s work is currently featured in the new Ford Foundation Gallery’s inaugural exhibition Perilous Bodies.  This exhibition was recently reviewed in the New York Times, Artfuse and NPR, all mention her artwork Hellfire II, which is composed of 418 cast foam miniature missiles hung from the ceiling of the gallery.

Image: Installation view of Perilous Bodies at the Ford Foundation Gallery (Photo by Sebastian Bach) (left), Joseph Underwood at the Dakar Bienniale for his exhibition "The View From Here" (right)