Instructor; CAS AH 215 PhD Candidate; African Art, Graduate Symposium Coordinator; GSHAAA, Treasurer, GSHAAA


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Colleen Foran is a PhD candidate studying African art at Boston University. Her research focuses on contemporary West African art, particularly on public and participatory art in Ghana’s capital of Accra. Prior to coming to BU, Colleen worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in the curatorial, editorial, and advancement departments. She completed her MA in May 2020, as well as a Graduate Certificate in African Studies from BU’s African Studies Center. During the 2020–21 school year, Colleen was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow studying Akan Twi.

Dissertation in Progress:
“At the Intersection of Ritual, Procession, and Performance Art: Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Ga Mashie, Accra, Ghana”

MA Thesis:
“The Beautyful Ones Are Born: Building an Arts Ecosystem in Contemporary Accra”

Graduate Symposium Coordinator, Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association
Treasurer, Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association

Travel Grant Committee, Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association



  • BUCH Public Art Fellow, Mayor’s Office, Arts and Culture Department
  • Junior Editor, SEQUITUR
  • Teaching Fellow, AH 215 The Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora
  • Teaching Fellow, AH210 Learning to See


  • Department Representative, Graduate Student Organization