Erica Witt with African mask

Erika Witt

DDes Candidate

Museum Studies and Archival Studies BA Museum Studies, Tusculum College
MA Museum Studies, Southern University at New Orleans

Focus: Traditional African Art History, Egyptology, African American History and Culture

Erika Witt is Director and Curator of the Southern University in New Orleans Museum of Art (SUNOMA). Erika is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program at Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Art in Museum Studies from Tusculum University (formerly known as Tusculum College) and a Master of Art in Museum Studies with a specialization in the traditional Arts of Africa from Southern University at New Orleans. Her research interest includes Egyptology, traditional African art history, museology, and African American history and culture. Her doctoral thesis analyzes performativity of traditional African art verses the normative views on the performativity of traditional African art in museum exhibitions.

Erika is a 2014 Fellow in the Shafik Gabr East-West Art of Dialogue Initiative, a fellowship program for young emerging leaders from the United States and Egypt to join forces to discuss critical issues of their countries and develop projects addressing those issues.