Biographies

ARTISTS

 
 

Crystal Z Campbell (Tulsa, OK) is a visual artist and writer of African American, Filipino, and Chinese descent, raised in Oklahoma. Campbell uses art and history as tools and materials to rupture collective memory, imagine social transformations, and question the politics of witnessing. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Sculpture Center, New York, NY; ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY; Futura Contemporary O.s., Prague, Czech Republic; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Campbell is a recipient of a Whitney Museum Van Lier Fellowship and a Smithsonian Research Fellowship. She is a third-year Tulsa Artist Fellow.

www.crystalzcampbell.com | @crystalzcampbell


Juan William Chávez (St. Louis, MO) is an artist and cultural activist who devises spaces within urban ecosystems to address and collaborate with others on community issues. His work ranges from developing bee sanctuaries to initiating social enterprises such as the Mobile Honey Market, and renovating abandoned buildings and vacant lots for eco-arts programming. His multimedia sculptural installations focus on themes of the urban environment, ecology, identity, craft, labor, and archaeology of place. Chávez has exhibited his work at venues such as ArtPace, San Antonio, TX; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC; 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY; Laumeier Sculpture Park, Sunset Hills, MO; and Contemporary Art Museum, St.  Louis, MO. His interdisciplinary approach to art has gained the attention and support of prestigious institutions like the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Art Matters Foundation. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

www.juanwilliamchavez.com | @jwchavez


Andrea Chung (San Diego, CA) explores themes of labor and materials—how materials are imbued with histories of human transmission—and the lasting effects of colonialism on post-colonial societies. Chung has exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; apexart, New York, NY; Deutsche Bank, New York, NY; McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC; Art House, Austin, TX; Medulla Gallery, Port of Spain, Trinidad; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, England; Punkt Ø F 15, Oslo, Norway; and the 2017 Jamaican Biennial, Kingston, Jamaica. In 2017, Chung’s first solo museum exhibition, You broke the in ocean in half just to be here…, debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; this year, it will travel to the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, CA. Her work was recently featured in Prospect 4 New Orleans: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Chung is recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, an Art Matters grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her work has been published in ARC, Small Axe, Transitions and Representations, and Huffington Post. She received a BFA at Parsons School of Design and an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

www.andreachungart.com | @dremae


Seitu Jones (Minneapolis, MN) was the first artist-in-residence of the City of Minneapolis. To date, he has created more than thirty large-scale public artworks, including CREATE: The Community Meal (2014), a dinner for 2,000 people that focused on access to healthy food, and HeARTside Community Meal (2017), a dinner for 250 people that earned Jones the juried grand prize at ArtPrize Nine, in Grand Rapids, MI. Jones is also a recipient of the 2017 McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award, a 2016 Forecast Public Art Grant, and a 2013 Joyce Foundation Award. Working with his neighbors, the Trust for Public Land, and the City of St. Paul, Jones helped to create Frogtown Farm, a certified-organic farm inside a new twelve-acre park in St. Paul, MN. He is currently developing a floating sculpture to act as a research vessel on the Mississippi River. Jones holds a BS in landscape design and an MLS in environmental history, both from the University of Minnesota. In 2002, he was a Loeb Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is also a product of the Ramsey County master-gardener program, and he is currently working toward his baking certificate at St. Paul Community College. Jones recently retired from the MFA faculty of the Goddard College department of interdisciplinary arts in Port Townsend, WA.


Norf Art Collective (Nashville, TN) is a multimedia creative team. Norf artists produce public artworks that addresses social issues as well as the cultural and historical aspects of the neighborhoods in which they work. Norf also hosts events to engage community members in conversation and interaction with the arts.

www.norfstudios.com | @norfstudios


Otabenga Jones & Associates (Houston, TX) is an artist collective founded in 2002 by the artist and educator Otabenga Jones, in collaboration with Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert A. Pruitt. The group’s pedagogical mission is expressed in many forms, including actions, writings, DJ sets, and installations. In scope, its mission is three-fold: to underscore the complications of Black representation; to maintain and promote the core principles of the Black radical tradition; and (in the words of the late Russell Tyrone Jones) “teach the truth to the young Black youth.” Work by Otabenga Jones & Associates has appeared in exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; High Museum, Atlanta, GA; The Menil Collection, Houston, TX; and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.

www.ojandassociates.tumblr.com


Tattfoo Tan (Staten Island, NY) focuses on issues of ecology, sustainability, and healthy living. Tan’s work is project-based, ephemeral, and educational in nature. His work has been published by Gestalten and Thames and Hudson. He has exhibited at Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, New York, NY; Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY; 601 Tully: Center for Engaged Art and Research at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. Tan’s projects have been presented by Creative Time, the Laundromat Project, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program, and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Tan is widely recognized for his artistic contributions and service to the community. He is the proud recipient of a proclamation from the City of New York, as well as grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Staten Island Arts. In 2010, he received the annual Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Tan currently serves on the Mayor’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee to support the development of a comprehensive cultural plan for New York.

www.tattfoo.com | @tattfoo


Thaxton Abshalom Waters II (Nashville, TN) is a Tennessee native whose father is an artist and mother is a teacher; Waters is following in his parents’ footsteps as a painter and educator. He is the former curator at the Nashville Public Library. His work focuses on the rise, decline, and reinvestment of historic communities surrounding historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU). Channeling his love for history and art history, Waters primarily makes collages that distill emblems, chronology, and narrative. He seeks to help viewers understand their communities and to create works that are timeless and informative.

@arthistoryclassllg


Tunde Wey (New Orleans, LA) is the creator of “Blackness in America,” a traveling dinner series that brings people together over meals to talk about racism and systemic injustices. The diners are multiracial, and their conversations cover a variety of Black-specific experiences: feminism, LGBT issues, hair, education, and politics. Wey recognizes the role that food plays in the gentrification and racial coding of a city. Working with researchers at Tulane University, he recently developed a pop-up lunch service in New Orleans, in which the pricing fluctuated based on race and wealth disparity.

www.fromlagos.com | @from_lagos