Faculty Name

shady Radical , Ph.D.


Visiting Professor


Distinguished Visiting Professor,Art & Visual Culture



Office Location

Giles Hall G08


  • Ph.D., Georgia State University, Moving Image Studies, Research: Black Performance and Preservation, Black Feminist Studies
  • M.A., New York University, Costume Studies/Curatorial Arts
  • B.A., College of Saint Elizabeth, Art History
  • A.A. Berkeley College, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing


shady Radical, Ph.D. is a performance archivist and founder of The Radical Archive of Preservation (T.R.A.P.). Her practice is grounded in ritual, resistance, and movement practices. She uses exhibition and performance to pull anarchival material out of traditional archives and historical memory in order to activate silences and erasures attributed to forms of subjugation.

Currently Dr. Radical teaches at Spelman College in the Art and Visual Culture Department. She teaches classes in Art History and Writing and Criticism.  Her class The Black Female Body in Visual Art explores the work of historical figures working in Black performance art and employing strategies of survival.  Dr. Radical also leads the preservation project at Ballethnic Dance Company in East Pointe, Georgia.  As a writer and memory worker, her work often finds her in unique and undefined spaces that fuel her creativity.

Dr. Radical earned a Ph.D. in the Moving Image Studies program at Georgia State University; an M.A. in Curatorial Studies at New York University; a B.A. in Art History at The College of Saint Elizabeth; and a A.A. in Fashion Studies at Berkeley College. Her professional experience includes working at Tyler Perry Studios, Atlanta Contemporary, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Dr. Radical currently serves as assistant chair for the Society of Georgia Archivists’ Education Committee.

Courses Taught

SAVC 243 African American Art

SAVC 249: The Black Female Body in Visual Art

SAVC 255: Writing and Criticism in Art History

Research Interests

  • Black Performance Culture
  • Archival Science and Preservation 
  • Black Feminist Studies


Radical, shady.  Derron Cherry Cover Story. OZ Magazine. September/October 2022

Radical, shady. Alternate Realities: Research in Atlanta’s Field of Alternate Realities. Oz Magazine. July/August 2021.

Radical, shady. Ruth Carter at SCAD FASH review. Burnaway Magazine. 2021

Patterson, shady. All That’s Black Ain’t SOUL’D: Performativity of Blackness in Fahama Pecou’s Work. Liquid Blackness Journal 1, no 3, 2014.





  • "Washing our Mothers," City of Atlanta’s ELEVATE, 2021
  • "WITNESS: Pearl,"7 Stages Theatre, Curious Future Encounters, 2021
  • "BRASS, WIND, HOT, TONGUES," The Movement Lab, 2021