Bayeté Ross Smith, Columbia Law School’s first Artist-in-Residence, will engage the storytelling power of the arts to work directly with faculty and students. He’ll also use his studio space at Columbia to expand on his “Art of Justice” series, which uses art and media installations to engage the legal community on issues of social justice, human rights, and political issues.

The Harlem-based artist hopes to spur students and lawyers to question assumptions and reimagine solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.