ARTIST STATEMENT

My artistic practice is informed by my interest in material culture studies. Drawing inspiration from my surroundings, my work explores the Black experience and culture within Philadelphia - as well as the greater diaspora. Using material culture, objects made by man, as a way of learning and understanding, I consider many ideas through a process of arts based research. 

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EDUCATION

2016 School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) | M.A., Art Education | Chicago, IL 

2014 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) | B.F.A., Painting | Philadelphia, PA 

2011 Delaware County Community College (DCCC) | A.F.A., Fine Art | Media, PA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 Summer Apprentice: Project Banner (Guiding Memories) | Apprentice | Fabric Workshop and Museum | Philadelphia, PA

2023 Radical Love (Cur.: Kaitlyn Coppens) | Eclipse Center for Creative Community | Lansdale, PA

2023 124th Fleisher Faculty Show (Cur.: Gerard Silva) | Fleisher Art Memorial | Philadelphia, PA 

2021 Fellowship for Black Artists Exhibition (Cur.: Ginger Rudolph, Noah Smalls) | Rush Arts | Philadelphia, PA

2020 Material Culture Exhibit: Edward J. Williams and Johnson Publishing Company Library Archives | Researcher, Curator | Stoney Island Arts Bank | Chicago, IL

2019 CONNECT South Shore Arts (Cur.: Wisdom Batty) | Connect Pop-Up Gallery | Chicago, IL

2019 8th Annual Invitational Exhibition: Friends and Neighbors | 40th Street AIRSPACE | Philadelphia, PA

2018 CONNECT South Shore Arts (Cur.: Norman Teague) | Connect Pop-Up Gallery | Chicago, IL

2018 CounterCulture: Hidden Stories of Chicago Past and Present (Cur.: Michelle Bierbower) | Bucktown Gallery | Chicago, IL

2016 SAIC 150th/SSCAC 75th Joint Anniversary Exhibition (Cur.: Rayshayla M. Brown) | Limited Edition Prints | South Side Community Art Center | Chicago, IL

2015 Re-visioning The Archive (Cur.: Ross Jordan) | SUGS Galleries (SAIC) | Chicago, IL 

2014 113th Annual Student Exhibition | PAFA Museum | Philadelphia, PA

2014 AAGA'S 11th Annual Art Auction | Drexel University | Philadelphia, PA

CORRELATED EXPERIENCE

2023 Apprentice Training Program | Fabric Workshop and Museum | Philadelphia, PA

Present - 2022 Foundations: Drawing, Painting | Art + Design | Delaware County Community College | Media, PA

Present - 2022 Experimental Drawing | Instructor | Fleisher Art Memorial | Philadelphia, PA 

Present - 2022 Workshop: Storytelling and Collage | Instructor | Fleisher Art Memorial | Philadelphia, PA 

Present - 2022 2D-Design: Pattern, Adornment & Expression | Instructor | Fleisher Art Memorial |Philadelphia, PA

2022 Collage Workshop: Our Names and Their Meanings | Facilitator | One Book One Philadelphia | Free Library of Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA

2020-2019 Rebuild Foundation: Johnson Publishing Company Library Archive | Volunteer | Stoney Island Arts Bank | Chicago, IL

2016 Internship: Teacher Programs, School Tours | Education | Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago, IL

2016 Student Curatorial Committee, SAIC 150th/SSCAC 75th Joint Anniversary Exhibition (Cur.: Rayshayla M. Brown) | South Side Community Art Center | Chicago, IL

2015-2016 Leader, Board Member of BaSAIC | SAIC | Chicago, IL

2015 Teaching Assistant, Figure Drawing (Prof.:Jason Dunda) | SAIC | Chicago, IL 

2013-2014 Event Coordinator, Assistant | PAFA Museum | Philadelphia, PA

PROJECTS | SYMPOSIUMS | WORKSHOPS

2023 Artist Showcase | Presenter | Philadelphia Museum of Art | Philadelphia, PA

2021 Artist Showcase | Presenter | Black Law Student Association | Temple University Beasley School of Law | Philadelphia, PA

2021 Workshop: Collage Inspired by Kuba Cloth | Center for Plants and Culture | Virtual - Philadelphia, PA

2016 Shared History: Closing Ceremony (Organizer) | Exhibition Program | South Side Community Art Center | Chicago, IL

2016 Homan Rail Lounge | Art and Community: Homan Square (Prof.: Drea Howenstein) | Chicago, IL

2016 Art Education Thesis Symposium | Presenter | Gene Siskel Film Center | Chicago, IL

2016 Post-Op: NAEA Brunch Symposium | Presenter | Chicago, IL

2016 BaSAIC: 30 Americans Panel Discussion | Panelist | SAIC | Chicago, IL

CORRELATED RESEARCH

2019 Window Restoration Workshop (Fcltr.: Turner Restoration, Jim Tuner) | South Side Community Art Center | Chicago, IL

2018 Artisan Entrepreneur Workshop (Fcltr.: Urban Business School, E. Soderberg) | Stony Island Arts Bank- Rebuild Foundation | Chicago, IL

2016 Costume Colloquium V: Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress | Florence, IT 

2016 Thesis: Hip Hop as Material Culture Resource | SAIC | Chicago, IL

2016 Kuba Textiles | Independent Study | Textile Resource Center | SAIC | Chicago, IL

2016 Macro-Micro Textiles: Artist Research (Prof.: Anne Wilson) | Textile Resource Center | SAIC | Chicago, IL

2015 Study Trip: Museums and Inclusion (Organizer) | DIA, MOCAD | Detroit, MI

2015 Critical Perspective in Fashion, Body and Garment (Prof.: Sandra Adams) | SAIC | Chicago, IL

2015 Dandyism | Independent Study | Fashion Resource Center | SAIC | Chicago, IL

2015 The Shape of Contemporary Dress (Prof.: Gillian Carrara) | Fashion Resource Center | SAIC | Chicago, IL

AWARDS | FELLOWSHIPS | RESIDENCIES

2023 Bartol, Marrazo Teaching Teaching Artist Micro-Grant | Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation | Philadelphia, PA

2023 Mural Arts x Fitler Club AIR | Fitler Club | Philadelphia, PA

2021 Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists | Mural Arts Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA 

2018 Ace AIR | Ace Hotel Chicago | Chicago, IL

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