Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Nekita Thomas received her MFA from the University at Buffalo. As a visual designer, researcher, and educator with expertise in critical race design, participatory design, and social practice she primarily teaches Graphic Design Inquiry, Graphic Design Problems, and Type and Image.
Nekita works primarily with themes of perspective identity, race and representation, racial equity, commodity, media, popular culture, urbanism, and resiliency to focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of racially driven exclusionary and oppressive sociocultural practices. Her practice includes installation, urban interventions, product design, and systems design. Through the activation of urban public space, Nekita engages communities to examine their inner and outer lives as it relates to the construction of racial identity.
Her participatory public work, Cultural Gym 2: Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid reimagines the buying, selling and consumption of black identity in the public realm.
Nekita is currently interested in the dynamics between public space and emotional health, the threshold between isolation and community, and the role of the commons as it relates to the individual and collective well-being of Black and Brown communities.
Her recent work traces and amplifies intrinsic and extrinsic forms of resiliency in urban Black and Brown communities as a philosophical and practical knowledge that can transform into strategies and devices for emotional wellness, healing, and imagining–critical components of thriving Black and Brown communities.
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