M.A. (Liberal Studies) Hamline University, 1999
B.F.A. (Graphic Design) Carnegie-Mellon University, 1976
Colette Gaiter, University of Delaware Associate Professor of Art, is a multimedia artist, graphic designer, and writer, working with computers since 1982 and in interactive multimedia since 1990. Her digital media work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and in numerous galleries, museums and public institutions in the United States and around the world. Gaiter currently makes photographic mixed media work about Cuba, where she has traveled several times in recent years.
She was a 2011 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellow for Artistic Excellence in Visual Arts for works on paper.
Her writing on the Black Panther artist Emory Douglas has appeared in several publications, including the 2007 Rizzoli monograph Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. In 2012 her essay "The Revolution Will Be Visualized: Black Panther Artist Emory Douglas" was published in West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977, by the University of Minnesota Press.
After studying and writing about the work of former Black Panther artist Emory Douglas for almost a decade, Gaiter is currently making a documentary film about his work.