Meet Kestin Cornwall

A photograph of Kestin Cornwall standing next to one of his paintings and several potted plants.

Assistant Professor Kestin Cornwall: “I create art to document change and to ask questions. I try to approach my work as a visual thinker and aim to think critically. Media has often distorted representations of Black and Brown males; how we speak, love, and live. The North American media industry is the largest globally, which significantly affects how the world views minorities. This large consumption of media affects the public's attitudes towards Black and Brown men. These preconceived notions and perceptions of us have directly affected Black and Brown men's treatment within our society. It also affects self-realization and individual development, punitive laws, and police practices that, in the end, impact and change our communities and how we all interact within them. I aim to add beauty to the world while documenting and asking questions through images. 

Race, ethnicity, and visual culture are impossible to disentangle or separate. They are linked, and visual art presents a direct site to challenge old views and add new images.” 

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A photograph of Kestin Cornwall standing next to one of his paintings and several potted plants.

Assistant Professor Kestin Cornwall: “I create art to document change and to ask questions. I try to approach my work as a visual thinker and aim to think critically. Media has often distorted representations of Black and Brown males; how we speak, love, and live. The North American media industry is the largest globally, which significantly affects how the world views minorities. This large consumption of media affects the public's attitudes towards Black and Brown men. These preconceived notions and perceptions of us have directly affected Black and Brown men's treatment within our society. It also affects self-realization and individual development, punitive laws, and police practices that, in the end, impact and change our communities and how we all interact within them. I aim to add beauty to the world while documenting and asking questions through images. 

Race, ethnicity, and visual culture are impossible to disentangle or separate. They are linked, and visual art presents a direct site to challenge old views and add new images.” 

Department: