C. Kemal Nance—Department of Dance
"Still Here . . . Black Men and the Pursuit of Permanence"
Tim Davis—School of Art and Design alumnus
"Art and Activism"
C. Kemal Nance, PhD, a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Dance and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both his artistic and academic scholarship centralizes Black men's gendered experiences in dance. He leads the Nance Dance Collective (NDC), an all-male dance initiative dedicated to producing works about Black manhood. His latest work, Red, featuring dances from the NDC and Stella Maris Dance Ensemble, premiered in Kingston, Jamaica, last fall. He has also written book chapters in the recently published Dance and the Quality of Life (Springer) and Hot Feet and Social Change Dance and African Diasporan Communities (University of Illinois Press). Nance is a master teacher of the Umfundalai African dance technique and has supervised Umfundalai teaching certification for African dance artists across the country. He also sits on the executive board of the Collegium of African Diaspora Dance. Throughout his career, Nance has performed principal roles with Kariamu and Company: Traditions and the late Chuck Davis's African American Dance Ensemble as well as other neotraditional and contemporary African dance companies in the greater Philadelphia area including a joint venture with Stafford C. Berry Jr., the Berry and Nance Dance Project. Nance holds a BA in sociology/anthropology with a concentration in Black studies from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania), where he taught African dance technique and repertory courses for 20 years, and MEd and PhD degrees in dance from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
Tim Davis was born in Chicago and has his studio in Washington, DC. He received his master of art degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied art education and fine art. In 1994 he was granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and continued to work on projects in Washington, DC. In the early 1990s he collaborated with DC Arts Works and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which assisted young people in all wards with art-related positions including the mural program. He is founder and director of International Visions Gallery, and since 1997 he has been committed to encouraging cross-cultural exchange with diverse collections of artists from the Washington, DC, area and underrepresented parts of the world. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including in Putumayo, Colombia; St. Petersburg, Russia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Chicago; Miami; New York; and the Washington, DC, area. He has many paintings in private and corporate collections including the Freddie Mac Corporation; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the David Driskell Center at the University of Maryland; Stellar Communications; Martha's Table; Community of Hope in Washington, DC; University of Maryland University College; and the Diane Whitfield-Locke Collection.