Ashon Crawley in a black shirt with multicolored paint on his hands in an art studio with an orange and pink and purple painting of a figure in the background
Visiting Artist

Dance (MFA)

Ashon Crawley is a writer, artist and teacher who explores the intersection of performance, Blackness, queerness and spirituality. Associate professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, he is author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press) and The Lonely Letters (Duke University Press). Crawley is currently working on a book about Black social life; a book about the Hammond B3 organ, the Black church; and sexuality and a short story collection. A Yaddo interdisciplinary arts fellow, a MacDowell interdisciplinary arts fellow and a New City Arts Initiative fellow, a LIT (Learning It Together) artist fellow, Crawley has had his work featured at Second Street Gallery and Welcome Gallery, both in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Bridge Projects and the California African American Museum, both in Los Angeles. All his work is about otherwise possibility.