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Devan Shimoyama works in portraiture, creating works that draw inspiration from the narratives of classical mythology and drama, as well as from pop culture imagery. Shimoyama often focuses on the Black, queer male figure, reframing and reimagining terms of representation. While his primary medium is painting, Shimoyama also works in collage, photography, and installation––sometimes all together––using bold, ecstatic aesthetics to imbue images of himself and others with a kind of surreal and otherworldly magic. Shimoyama often bases his compositions on photographs or on major works of Western art history, imbuing them with a bright, saturated palette and a dynamic, contemporary energy. He uses different materials to add texture and luminosity to his canvases––including glitter, rhinestones, sequins, costume jewelry, and metallic paint––which also allude to camp, drag, and club aesthetics.
Ilana Savdie has had solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery, New York; ltd Los Angeles; and Stream Gallery, New York, and has been included in group shows at Golestani Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany; Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerp, Belgium; and Casstle, Antwerp, Belgium among others. Savdie is currently an artist in residence at NXTHVN in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Naudline Pierre’s work has been included in exhibitions at the The Armory Show, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest; Perrotin, Seoul; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London among others. Pierre’s works are in the permanent collection of Pérez Art Museum Miami; CC Foundation, Shanghai; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Dallas Museum of Art; The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. Pierre was a 2019–2020 artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and an exhibition featuring the work of the resident artists, This Longing Vessel, recently opened at MoMA PS1, Queens, New York. In the fall of 2021 her work will be included in the fifth iteration of Prospect New Orleans, Yesterday we said tomorrow, and she will have a solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. Pierre holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from Andrews University.
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Christopher Myers’s recent solo exhibitions include Drapetomania at Fort Gansevoort, Los Angeles; The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language at Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Massachusetts; Nobody Is My Name, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles; and Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me at Fort Gansevoort, New York. Alongside his work as a visual artist, Myers is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and heads an imprint at Random House.
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Jahmal’s recent solo exhibitions include Double Down at Almine Rech, New York; GUMBO at CAC Passerelle Brest, France; and Solid Ghosts at Almine Rech, Brussels, as well as shows at Canada Gallery and FiveMyles in New York. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Drawing Center, New York; UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles; and The Journal, New York, among others.
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Ebinama has had recent exhibitions at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York; Fortnight Institute, New York; Boys’ Quarters Project Space, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; and The Breeder, Athens, Greece. Her work has been included in group shows at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; Dak’Art Biennial Off-Site, Dakar, Senegal; 303 Gallery, New York; and La Salita, New York. She is currently illustrating a children’s book written by Kevin Young. Ebinama received her BFA from Boston College and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York.
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Dannielle’s work has been exhibited at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles; The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta; Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia; Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, Athens, Georgia; and Pérez Art Museum Miami. She was a MOCA GA Working Artist Project fellow in 2018–19, and her solo exhibition, It Started So Simple, recently opened at MOCA GA.
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Chromati has garnered critical and institutional attention for figurative paintings that are shaped by fragmented forms of desire and constant motion. Bursts of complex color, sensual protrusions, and texture deploy abstraction to explore various contemporary realities of black woman. These bodies are at once imaginative, bordering on grotesque, and celebratory as they convey a variety of emotional and spiritual states of being. Chromati was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, attended the Pratt Institute, and is now based in New York City. Recently, her work was on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and The Delaware Contemporary. She has been featured in The New York Times, i-D, Interview Magazine, Juxtapoz, Architectural Digest, and Vogue.
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Baeza is a painter and printmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His recent solo exhibitions include Through the Flesh to Elsewhere at the Mistake Room, Los Angeles; La Emergencia de Hacer Memoria at Fortnight Institute, New York; and Felipe Baeza at Maureen Paley, London. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Art Institute, and The Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C. His work will be included in the fifth iteration of Prospect New Orleans, Yesterday we said tomorrow, in the fall of 2021. He received a MFA from Yale University and a BFA from The Cooper Union, New York.
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Jeffrey Gibson is a multidisciplinary artist and craftsperson merging traditional Native American materials and forms with those of Western contemporary art to create a new hybrid visual vocabulary. Gibson, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent, is forging a multifarious practice that redresses the exclusion and erasure of indigenous art traditions from the history of Western art as it explores the complexity and fluidity of identity.
Nari Ward (b. 1963, Saint Andrew, Jamaica; lives and works in New York) received a BA from City University of New York, Hunter College in 1989, and an MFA from City University of New York, Brooklyn College in 1992. His work has been the subject of two major retrospectives: Sun Splashed, which originated at Pérez Art Museum Miami and travelled to the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, and the ICA Boston; and We the People, which was organized by the New Museum in New York and traveled to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. He has had additional solo exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, Georgia; Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture—both literally and metaphorically—Weems has sustained an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years. During this time, Carrie Mae Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. In a New York Times review of her retrospective, Holland Cotter wrote, “Ms. Weems is what she has always been, a superb image maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible. “Weems has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frist Center for Visual Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain.
Tomashi Jackson was born in Houston, Texas in 1980 and grew up in Los Angeles, California. She was included in the Whitney Biennial 2019, and her first solo museum exhibition, Interstate Love Song, took place at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia in 2018. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at MoCA Los Angeles, MASS MoCA, and the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans. Jackson was a 2019 Resident Artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She will have a solo exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum during the summer of 2020. Her work is included in the collection of MOCA Los Angeles. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; and Cooper Union, NY, and she has been a visiting artist at New York University. Jackson lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City.
Jenny Holzer is an American Conceptual artist best known for her text-based public art projects. Exploring how language is used both as a form of communication and as a means of concealment and control, Holzer has employed a variety of media throughout her career, including large-scale projections, LED displays, T-shirts, and posters. “I used language because I wanted to offer content that people—not necessarily art people—could understand,” she explained. Born on July 29, 1950 in Gallipolis, OH, Holzer received her BFA from Ohio University in 1972 and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975. Her popular series Truisms began in 1977, when she started pasting ambiguous quotes such as “ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE” and “PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT” throughout New York, while enrolled in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Born 1982, Bogotá, Colombia Lives and works in New York, NY
Maria Berrio’s large collaged works—comprised of diversely sourced papers, depict surrealist narratives that blur biographical memory with South American mythology. Her work explores themes such as intercultural connectivity, migration and humankind’s relationship to nature. Maria Berrio received her BFA at Parsons School of Design and MFA at the School for Visual Arts. Maria’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Musuem of American Art in New York, The Nasher Museum in North Carolina, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and the Ford Foundation in New York. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, participating in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio in New York and The Nasher Museum in North Carolina, among others. Most recently, Berrio’s work was included in Prospect 4 Triennial in New Orleans and this year her permanent public art will be installed in a New York City subway station, commissioned by the MTA Arts and Design program.
HANK WILLIS THOMAS (b. 1976, Plainfield, NJ; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture.
Thomas holds a B.F.A. from New York University, New York, NY (1998) and an M.A./M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004). He received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME in 2017.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including the International Center of Photography, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands.
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Responsive to the contingencies of the sites where she works, her recurring forms—cloth, texts spoken and written, animals, and people suspended or in motion—immerse viewers in an atmosphere both visceral and literary, individual and collective, animate and inanimate, silent and spoken. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Whether inhabiting a building four stories high or confined to the surface of a thimble, the genesis of Hamilton’s art extends outwards from the primary projections of the hand and mouth. Her attention to the uttering of a sound or the shaping of a word with the hand places language and text at the tactile and metaphoric center of her installations. To enter their liminality is to be drawn equally into the sensory and linguistic capacities of comprehension that construct our faculties of memory, reason and imagination.
Genvieve Gaignard (b. 1981, Orange, Massachusetts; lives and works in Los Angeles) received her MFA in Photography at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and her BFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. She had a major solo project, Smell the Roses, at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles in 2016, and more recently a solo exhibition, I’m Sorry I Never Told You That You’re Beautiful, at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery in 2019. She has participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States, including shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum, and the Houston Center for Photography. A newly commissioned work of Gaignard’s was included in the Prospect.4 Triennial, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, in New Orleans in 2017. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, W Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and Artforum, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem; California African American Museum; PОrez Art Museum Miami; the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; the FLAG Art Foundation, New York; the Seattle Museum of Art; and the San Jose Museum of Art.
Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Patrick Martinez’s L.A. suburban upbringing and his diverse cultural background (Filipino, Mexican and Native American), provided him with a unique lens through which he interprets his surroundings. Influenced by the Hip Hop movement, Martinez cultivated his art practice through graffiti, which later led him to the Art Center College of Design, where he earned a BFA with honors in 2005. Through his facility with a wide variety of media(painting, neon, ceramic and sculpture), Martinez colorfully scrutinizes otherwise everyday realities of suburban and urban life in L.A. with humor, sensitivity and wit. Patrick Martinez, (b. 1980 Pasadena, CA) earned his BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2005.
Gerald Lovell is an Atlanta-based artist who has gained nationwide recognition for his distinctive style of figurative painting. Lovell’s artistic practice focuses on his own life as a means of self-discovery and self-articulation. The subjects of his vivid portraits are moments from his own life, captured in semi-candid photographs and then memorialized on canvas. Each portrait thoughtfully reflects details and expressions that create an intimate view into the lives of his subjects and Lovell’s own urban millennial experience. One of the elements that defines Lovell’s unique aesthetic style is his bold, expressive layering of paint. Background elements rendered in exaggerated flatness contrast with focal points are emphasized through thick and mottled paint. Lovell’s heavy application of the impasto painting style translates his subjects into three-dimensional figures within a flat canvas.
Lovell has strong ties to the Atlanta art community and has displayed work at local galleries including MurMur, The Gallery | Wish, Hammonds House Museum, Mason Fine Art, and Notch8 Gallery.
Sadie Barnett is an important emerging voice within the American arts landscape. Based in Oakland, Barnette mines the everyday to create works across mediums, including drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation that can make the mundane appear transcendent and reveal hidden and obscured histories. Barnette is becoming best known for her immersive installations that reimagine domestic and public spaces into spectacular, vibrant places for people to gather –– living rooms and bars conjured from metallic vinyl, shades of pink, gold finishes, and sparkling surfaces. Using pop aesthetics, the artist offers a reprieve from our day – to – day lives, literalizing and constructing an imaginative space of escape. In her two – and three – dimensional works, the artist employs found objects and often sources material from family archives –– including the 500 – page FBI surveillance file kept on her father, who founded the Compton chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968.
Barbara Kruger is an American Conceptual artist known for her combination of type and image that conveys a direct feminist cultural critique. Her works examine stereotypes and the behaviors of consumerism with text layered over mass-media images. Rendered with black-and-white, red accented, Futura Bold Oblique font, inspired by the Constructivist Alexander Rodechenko, her works offer up short phrases such as “Thinking of You,” “You are a captive audience,” and “I shop therefore I am.” Like multimedia artist Jenny Holzer, Kruger uses language to broadcast her ideas in a myriad of ways, including prints, T-shirts, posters, photographs, electronic signs, and billboards. “I’m fascinated with the difference between supposedly private and supposedly public and I try to engage the issue of what it means to live in a society that’s seemingly shock-proof, yet still is compelled to exercise secrecy,” she explained of her work.
Ash is more than just the founder and CEO of Power Haus Creative, she is a community leader who mentors local artists, and helps them to develop sustainable careers. She has immersed herself in the local arts economy, and empowers visual artists to utilize their influence for change in underserved communities, and to build capital for the creative class.
Recognized for her impassioned work ethic, Ash has led several highly successful campaigns for a multitude of global brands such as Papa John’s, Coca-Cola, and Nike. She gained international attention in 2019 for her strategic work coordinating #Kaeperbowl, a public art/activism initiative centered around muralist Fabian Williams and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
Her work has been recognized by Creative Loafing, and she has been featured in Visionary Artistry Magazine, The Atlanta Podcast, and the Our Voices. Our Lives. docu-series. In her partnership with Remerge Community Museum, Ash serves as a Creative Community & Cultural Strategist. Ash is also an active board member for MINT Art Gallery, and W.A.G.E Certified Gallery in Historic Southwest Atlanta.
In her role as principle of Power Haus Creative, Ash serves as a liaison and accountability partner to both visual artists and the brands that hire them.
For Freedoms is an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action. We work with artists and organizations to center the voices of artists in public discourse, expand what participation in a democracy looks like, and reshape conversations about politics.
ZuCot Gallery is the largest African-American owned fine art gallery in the Southeast. Located in the historic Castleberry Hill district of downtown Atlanta, our 3,500 sq. foot space offers an eclectic decor and features some of the most prolific contemporary artists of our time.
Our mission is to promote original works of art by living African American artists and provide both novice and seasoned collectors with meaningful and unique services that enhance the art collecting experience. Collectors benefit from our services, which include educational programming, events where like-minded individuals may network, and our offering of the highest quality original works of art.
ZuCot Gallery believes that what you hang on your walls is a r eflection of you, it is a window into your character, your convictions, and even your soul. We are uniquely positioned to help you make a difference in ensuring that your art is a reflection of what is important to you. Owning and displaying original African-American art provides meaning and financial value; with the Z uCot experience, it can also be deeply spiritual.
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Living Walls seeks to utilize the power of public art as a social and economic engine, providing an artistic workforce for the local community and creating healthy, sustainable spaces for the city of Atlanta. We envision a future where public art is foundational to the growth and evolution of cities, and channels the spirit and culture of local communities.
Diana Nawi is an independent curator based in Los Angeles. Nawi’s curatorial practice includes work with a diverse range of both established and underrepresented voices, including in her current role as Co-Artistic Director of Prospect.5 New Orleans, an international city-wide triennial, and her past experience in positions at PОrez Art Museum Miami, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and others. Recent curatorial projects include Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum, Shanghai; Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity, California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Michael Rakowitz: Dispute Between the Tamarisk and the Date Palm at REDCAT, Los Angeles; and What Needs to Be Said, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette College, Salem, Oregon. Nawi is regularly asked to share her expertise through speaking engagements and also serves on awards juries throughout the country. Her writing on contemporary art and artists has appeared in publications for the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Museum of Contemporary Art GA, Marrakech Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum Villa Stuck, National Gallery of Jamaica, New Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Studio Museum of Harlem.
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Felipe Baeza was born in 1987 in Guanajuato, Mexico and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union in 2009 and a M.F.A. from Yale University in 2018.