Assistant Professor, art of the colonial Caribbean and arts of the African Diaspora
Art History

Rachel Grace Newman, PhD

Rachel Grace Newman is an art historian from Toronto, Canada, with family roots in Jamaica. She specializes in art history of the colonial Caribbean and contemporary art practices of the Caribbean and African diasporas. Her research in colonial history has informed her curatorial and artistic practice. 

In the spring of 2016, she curated Blood in the Sugar Bowl at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, which used 18th-century sugar bowls as an entry point to examine the colonial sugar trade. Her art project, In Rapture, is a collaboration with her brother, Alex, who completed his BA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Using large-scale styled portraits and narrative photography, their work examines ancestral connections to geographic sites in a world impacted by the forced and voluntary migrations that took place under colonial rule. In 2012, she served as an exhibition assistant for Faisal Abdu’Allah: The Art of Dislocation, curated by Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, at CAAM: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas, Spain. 

PhD, Art History, Stanford University, 2016
MA, Art History, Stanford University, 2011
BA, History and Art History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2008

Awards and Residencies
A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2020)
Awarded by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Mellon Curatorial Research Assistantship (2015-2016)
Awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Carried out at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence Doctoral Fellowship Program (2013-2015)       
Awarded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Stanford University

Selected Works
Newman, R. G. (2016). Blood in the Sugar Bowl. Exhibited at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the
     Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 6—July 4, 2016.

Newman, R. G. (2013). Drawing Back the Veil: William Berryman and the Effaced Histories of Plantation
     Jamaica. University of Toronto Art Journal: Art-Work, 5.

Newman, R. G. & Cowcher, K. (2010). [Selected caption contributions]. In B. Martinez-Ruiz (Ed.), Faisal
     Abdu’allah: The Art of Dislocation
(pp. 172-203, 212-231, & 240-247). Stanford, CA: OrbisAfrica
     Publishing.