faculty

Aja Mujinga Sherrard

FINE ARTS

Office

Main Hall 152A

Contact

406-683-7313

aja.sherrard@umwestern.edu

Moving to the United States from Belgium in 1998, Aja Mujinga Sherrard went on to study ethnic studies, literature, and art at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. After a six-month internship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, Sherrard moved to Montana to complete two masters degrees: an M.F.A in Fine Art and an M.A. in Art History.  Sherrard served as an Instructor of Art Criticism and Drawing at the University of Montana, where she also assisted in Art History courses, with a specialization in Ancient American and African art.

While in Montana, Sherrard also worked for Tippet Rise Art Center in its inaugural season; created the monthly lecture series, “artTALK” in Missoula; taught with the juvenile detention education program, “Free Verse;” and assisted with the coordination of “Thinking its Presence: Race and Creative Writing Conference” in 2014, 2015, and 2017. She has also given multiple artist talks and contributed to multiple panels on the subject of art, diversity, and social justice.

Sherrard received the multicultural fellowship from NSECA in 2017; has been awarded an artist in residence from SFAI’s Equal Justice Residency 2018, and will be presenting a panel at CAA in February.

She has exhibited her conceptual artwork at the UC Gallery, the Gallery of Visual Arts, Frontier Space Gallery, and the Zootown Arts Community Center in Missoula, Montana.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Sarah Lawrence College
  • M.A., University of Montana
  • M.F.A., University of Montana

Recent Exhibitions

  • 2017 – UC Gallery. The Accumulation of Endlessness. Missoula, Mont.
  • 2016 – Gallery of Visual Arts. ,is repair. Missoula, Mont.
  • 2015 – Frontier Space Gallery, Dissonate, Missoula, Mont.