Kebedech Tekleab

Foundation studies professor


  • B.F.A., Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1992
  • M.F.A., Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1995


Commissions: Pliable layered mesh membrane, American Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Two-artist collaborative out-door aluminum relief (52 feet X 9 feet), Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; DC ARTS, murals, Duke Ellington School of the Arts; For Navy Memorial Archives, Washington, D.C. Portrait of President Johnson on permanent display

Awards, recognitions and honors

Faculty Authors award, Howard University, Washington, D.C.; Honored in Hall of Heroes, 100 people who made a difference, from helping American slaves in the 1800s to fighting Asian slavery in the present, Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way; Cincinnati, Ohio; Outstanding Excellence Award, Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, for the creation of an outdoor aluminum sculpture, Nexus", Embassy of Ethiopia, Washington, D.C.; Outstanding Achievement Award, first place, Multi cultural art exhibition, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Portrait, First Prize, United states Navy Memorial Archives, Washington, D.C.; nominated for National Dean's List sixteenth Annual Edition; Excellence in Scholarship and commendable professional Achievement in poetry, Ethiopian Research Council, Washington, D.C.; four years of Special talent scholarship, Howard University, Washington, D.C.


College Art Association (CAA), African Studies Association (ASA), African Literature Association (ALA)

Publications and Presentations


  • The New African Diaspora, by Isidore Okpewho & Nkiru Nzegwu Chapter 15 Immigration And African Diaspora Women Artist, Indiana University Press, 2009
  • Of note online Magazine "Kebedech Tekleab: Creating an Ethiopian Narrative in America, Interview by Ethelbert Miller
  • Sudplanet Portail De La Diversite Culturelle "Words and Images of Kebedech Tekleab" Interview by Beti Ellerson.
  • Baltimore Afro-American, April 2, 2005-April 8, 2005, "Ethiopian POW portrays human condition with art" By Zenitha Prince.
  • A Proud Continuum, eight decades of art at Howard University, Howard University Gallery
  • Washington Post, Style section, September 24, 2003, "The Art of Endurance" by Natalie Hopkinson.
  • "Ethiopian Passages: Contemporary art from the Diaspora", by Elizabeth Harney, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Philip Wilson Publishers
  • Washington Post, Sunday May 11,2003, Arts, "Homing In On Their Culture" by Jo Ann Lewis.
  • Intowner, August 2003, "Howard University's Influence on Display for All to Admire. By David Barrows and Anthony L. Harvey.
  • 6th International Conference on the history of Ethiopian Art "Current Discourse in Contemporary African Art and the place of Diaspora in Ethiopian Art"
  • "Ethiopian review", Atlanta, Georgia, March
  • Anthology of Poetry "Egna" 110 Poems in Amharic, Addis, Ethiopia


  • Conference paper "Infinite Rift Infinite Seal: Art & Social Unrest" 10th International conference of the European Sociological Association, Geneva Switzerland (Scheduled September, 2011)
  • Conference paper "Exploring the Edge of Trauma" Kingston University, London England
  • Conference Paper "The Differing Dynamics between Tragedy and Sublime. University of Technology, Durban South Africa
  • Panelist, at The Museum of African Art, Smithsonian institution, Washington, DC, a discussion on "Body of Evidence" exhibits from the museum's contemporary collection.
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Presentation on my work.
  • Goucher College, MD. Slide presentation about my work
  • Presentation to secondary art teachers in Fairfax Virginia, West Potomac High School
  • Radford University, Radford, Virginia. Slide lecture
  • Howard University, Washington, DC. Paper Presentation at the 14th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art
  • African Literature Association 28th Annual Conference, San Diego California, (Poetry reading)
  • Paper presentation, Montgomery College, MD
  • Paper presentation, Cornell University, Ithaca New York
  • Guest lecture (two sessions) George Mason University for the course "African History and Culture through art and music" "Survey of the History and Social value of art"
  • Guest lectured, George Mason University, Sample reading and discussion from my poetry
  • Slide lecture on my work, Montgomery College, Faculty show
  • Paper presentation on my work, 39th annual conference African studies Association, San Francisco, California
  • Slide lecture on my art, University of Arizona in Tucson and studio critic for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Paper presentation "The Long Walk To Light: Art in Operation", 83rd Annual Conference of the College Art Association (CAA), San Antonio, Texas
  • Lecture on my art for "Blacks In The Arts" class, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Lecture about my work, North Dakota State University's First Annual African-American Awareness Week. Fargo, North Dakota