Audrey G. Bennett
Interim Education Chair

Audrey G. Bennett is the 2022 AIGA Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary recipient; a 2019 inaugural University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor at the University of Michigan; a 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar of the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and a 1997 College Art Association Professional Development Fellow. Currently, she is the founding director of the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab at Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As an art and design scholar and cultural critic, Bennett uses her hands, heart, mind, and heritage to engage in critical reading, writing, thinking, and making of transformative images through interactive aesthetics. Her current research agenda diverges towards multiple lines of creative inquiry on the use of multimodal and multisensory images whose visual and verbal language facilitate or evoke interaction with lay people to enable cross-cultural resonance and yield cognitive change, behavioral change, and more recently, socioeconomic change toward equity and generative justice.