Early this week, Lakeem Wilson — a College of Fine Arts senior, Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) pre-grad intern and president of UT Austin’s Association of Black Fine Arts Students—was featured in USA Today. The story shows how he is using visual art to inspire social change.
A talented studio artist in the Department of Art and Art History’s Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas, Wilson served as the historian for the Association of Black Fine Arts Students where he enjoyed discussing hot topics in art history and culture. As a humanitarian and artist, he works to expose the hidden layers of this world to his audience with vibrant visual representations of people and places.
For more about Wilson’s work, read his testimonial provided by the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program:
“Being in the IE Program and a Kuhn Scholar helped me with this project. The program gave me the freedom to create my own curriculum and the opportunity to have needed conversations with my mentor on several topics, such as thinking about graduate school. IE allowed me to explore my next steps and figure out what I can do with my art. I was able to learn what it meant to have a career in the arts and what that would entail. Also working with the IE program gave me the experience of playing a leadership role on campus, My IE mentor Letetia Hopkins and I were part of the same student organization on campus: The Association of Black Fine Arts Students. In this organization we were able to put on several events in the UT community such as talent showcases, volunteering for the STAAR Carnival and more. Being able to have an IE graduate student mentor benefited my project the most because I was able to get firsthand information from someone who’s already a graduate student and knows a lot about what I should expect.”