Investigating public opinion and contemporary beliefs, de’Angelo Dia uses photography, performance art, and creative writing as catalysts for dialogue while arousing public concern with cultural, social-political, and theological issues. Dia has studied art in Athens, Greece, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Nairobi, Kenya. He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and Sociology from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary. His artistic influences include Martha Cooper, Lynda Barry, and neo-Appalachian art. Dia is an alumni artist-in-residence of the McColl Center For Art + Innovation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Artist Roundtable of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture.