Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). His writing has been published by Hyperallergic, PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, and the Bettering American Poetry anthology.
Duplan is the founding curator for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based in Iowa City. As an independent curator, he has facilitated artist projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. Duplan’s video and performance work has been shown at Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in L.A in 2020. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He now works as Program Manager at Recess.
Dellyssa Edinboro is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Schools, Culture, and Society (SCS) Program at the University of Iowa. She researches African American women’s educational experiences abroad in the 20th century. By working with the Public Space One’s Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS), she hopes to explore the educative role of community-engaged creative work.
Kalmia Strong is the Program Director at Public Space One, where she works to instigate and support experimental, cooperative, and community-based art practices and resources including the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, the Iowa City Press Co-op, and the lowercase zine library. Kalmia is a bookmaker, organizer, artist, and educator, and serves as the Book Arts Editor for Prompt Press, the Creative Coordinator for the University of Iowa Libraries, and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Her practice focuses on collaboration, interaction, and participation and the role of book objects and practices in cultural resistance and social change, and has manifested in community workshops and events, exhibitions, installations, and collaboratively-produced publications.
John Engelbrecht is Director of Public Space One (PS1), an alternative arts space in Iowa City, IA. Over 100 local, national, and international exhibitions have happened in his tenure at PS1 along with a nearly daily program of performances, workshops, residencies and other interesting (if succinctly-indescribable) events. His background in photography informs a cross-disciplinary approach to an everyday art practice which looks with interest towards the social, performative, and ephemeral. Follow John at memoryintomyth.com, publicspaceone.org, or on Instagram @theestrawman.
Nikki Gamboa is a Costa Rican interdisciplinary visual artist and MA Candidate in the Aesthetics and Politics program at California Institute of the Arts. Their research examines the functions of graffiti, street art, and public artistry across geopolitical territories. They prioritize accessibility and decolonized structures for arts engagement in their artistry and research, through which community involvement is a foundational element.
Sarahann is living in Iowa City, being creative in many ways, including writing, dancing, video-making, and music-ing. Originally from Iowa City, she/they intends on musing upon and questioning how afrofuturism enlightens here and now. Main interests include: Buddhism, collaborative and social art, gen-z and millennial spirituality, Black women and gender non-conforming writing, and radical liberatory practices. In 2017 she received a BA in media studies from Pomona College in Claremont, California. Instagram: @sarahann_insta
Janiece Maddox is an artist based in Iowa City, Iowa, currently working towards a BFA in ceramics at The University of Iowa. She is also gaining a minor in English while taking classing focusing on non profits and community outreach. In previous years she has worked as an Mural Apprentice for Metro Arts, located in The Quad Cities, where she was born and raised.
Janiece’s work considers themes of reality and childhood in a humors and playful manner. After college, she aspires to work as a studio artist while also avidly working in community outreach and engagement.
Nichole is a current senior at the University of Iowa double-majoring in journalism and English on the publishing track. She has skills and experience in writing, design, editing, and podcasting from the various newspapers and magazines she’s been involved with. You can find her work at Off-Kilter Media, The Daily Iowan, Fools Magazine, VERVE Magazine, Quill and Scroll, and more. https://nicholeshaw.com/
Iowa based artist Jill Wells is best known for her dynamic and colorful narrative paintings investigating race, history, stereotypes, accessibility and the human condition. Born in 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa, Wells was raised in Indianola, Iowa.
She studied at Drake University (BFA 2005). An award-winning painter, Wells has been in practice for more than 18 years, with public and private works in Iowa, Mississippi, Arizona and New Orleans.
Her artwork is represented in the permanent collections of: Disability Rights Iowa, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Park Zoo, YMCA of Greater Des Moines, The Annette Nature Center, Polk County Jail (west wing) and Creative Visions Human Development Center. In 2020, Lavender and Lime profiled Wells in an online published portrait manifesto series, Black Lives Matter Portrait Manifesto. Most recently, Wells was the recipient of the Iowa Creative Incubator Fellowship through Mainframe Studios. Currently Jill Wells serves on the Board of Directors for The After School Arts Program and works as a full-time Artist.
Growing up in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Fred spent most of his adolescence in a boarding school, where he developed a strong curiosity and love for human interaction. Upon coming back home for seasonal vacations, his father would tell vivid stories of war, survival and the uncomplicated joys of a simpler time. Being aware of the inspiring power Fred found in storytelling, he hoped he could also become as good a storyteller as his father; perhaps, using another medium.
This burgeoning interest in human connection, paired with his father's keen sense of storytelling would eventually lead to a fulfilling career as a visual artist. What started as a hobby, quickly turned into a passionate endeavor of capturing people’s feelings, emotions and stories through video. Fred now assists companies & individuals with projects of all kinds, ranging from commercials to music videos, narrative short films and much more. https://festudios.com/
Lisa Dent is an advocate for living artists and cultural workers. Her background includes work in film, theater and the visual arts as a curator, gallerist, writer, production designer and creative producer. She is the Executive Director of Artspace New Haven, a nonprofit for contemporary art. Previously, Dent was the director of resources and award programs at Creative Capital leading the financial and advisory services programs, advising artists on the full realization of their projects. Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the MoMA and held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. From 2004-08, Lisa owned Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from NYU, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies.
Lauren Haldeman is the author of Instead of Dying (winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry), Calenday, and The Eccentricity is Zero. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, The Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Fence and others. A graphic novelist and poet, she’s received an Iowa Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and visiting artist fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. You can find her online at http://laurenhaldeman.com. She is currently creating daily comics about quarantine: https://www.instagram.com/laurenhaldeman
Barber uses interdisciplinary art practices to articulate various testimonies within and surrounding Black America. His most recent recognitions include 2020 Biennial Artist Research fellowship at Sam Fox Island Press, Washington University, St. Louis, selected for publication New American Painting, and nominated for Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors award.
Sharman Hunter is a retired business woman and entrepreneur. Her roots are planted in Queens, NY, however, her upbringing took place globally. She lived in Nigeria and Liberia and attended secondary school in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. She resided in Iowa City for several years when her spouse was Dean of the Tippie College of Business. The Stanley Museum of Art became a second home for her. Presently, they live in Concord, North Carolina as well as Chicago. As a collector of African and Black American Art, Sharman considers it her responsibility to bring the past to the present, ensuring the future of our ever changing world.
Keren Alfred is an artist and an environmentalist. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she is fascinated with learning about the land and often says that her interest in the environment is in her blood. She is pursuing an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book (UICB). Keren is particularly drawn to papermaking, letterpress printing, and calligraphy. Prior to UICB, she majored in Environmental Studies at Brown University and worked for an environmental non-profit that focuses on land conservation along the eastern seaboard of the US. Her artwork builds on her environmental background to show the ways plants influence culture – particularly in the Caribbean. Her hope is to get more people to pay attention to the land around them and to learn to take care of it.
Camille Ann Brewer
Camille Ann Brewer is a hand weaver and dyer based in Detroit, Michigan. The name of her business is the Erik Van Wert Dye Works, which honors the 200-year legacy of hand craft in her family. She studied textile design and construction at the California College of Arts and the University of Michigan, where she earned my BFA and MFA respectively. To broader her skill set, she earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science in 2010. Most recently, she served as the inaugural curator of contemporary art at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Prior to her work at the Textile Museum, she served as the Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions at the University of Chicago. Between 1999 and 2014, Camille operated her own fine art consulting business, CAB Fine Art, Ltd., which assisted collectors building museums, corporations, and private collections.
Genevieve Trainor is an editor, critic, and creator based in Iowa City, Iowa. As Arts Editor at Little Village Magazine, Genevieve has cultivated critical voices across all arts disciplines and is dedicated to integrating new perspectives into cultural conversation. Genevieve loves comic books, beer, stoner rock, and arguing about politics.
Joyce Tsai is Chief Curator at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art and Associate Professor of Practice at the School of Art and Art History. Her curatorial, pedagogical, and scholarly work engage questions of technology, politics, philosophy in modern and contemporary art. Her book, László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography (UC Press, 2018), is winner of the Phillips Collection Book Prize. She guest curated the Santa Barbara Museum of Art exhibition "Shape of Things to Come: The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy" (2015) and edited its eponymous catalog. With Tim Shipe, Jen Buckley and Stephen Voyce, she curated Dada Futures (2018), and The Disasters of War (2019) with Luis Martin Estudillo and Anna Barker. She is preparing for inaugural exhibition of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, opening in its new building in Fall 2022. (Photo credit: Mei-Ling Shaw for the photo)
Katherine Simóne Reynolds
Katherine Simóne Reynolds’ practice investigates emotional dialects and psychogeographies of Blackness within the “non”, and the importance of “anti-excellence”. Her work tries to physicalize emotions and experiences by constructing pieces that include portrait photography, video works, choreography, and sculpture. In the process of making subtle changes to her practice she has learned that creating an environment built on intention brings the most disarming feelings to her work. Utilizing Black embodiment and affect alongside her own personal narrative as a place of departure has made her question her own navigation of ownership, inclusion, and authenticity within a contemporary gaze. She draws inspiration from Black glamour while interrogating the notion of “authentic care”. Her practice generally deals in Blackness from her own perspective and she continuously searches for what it means to produce “Black Work”.
Reynolds has exhibited and performed work within many spaces and institutions including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Museum of Modern Art New York, The Luminary, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Knockdown Center in Queens. She has exhibited in national and international group and solo shows, has spoken at The Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis and The Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Black Midwest Initiative Symposium at University of Minnesota. She holds a curatorial position at The Luminary in Saint Louis, embarking on many projects including a triennial scaled to a neighborhood called Counterpublic. Reynolds has also begun her curatorial fellowship with the SculptureCenter.
Kate Bowen is an artist, organizer, and educator living and working in Chicago, IL. She is currently the Executive Director of ACRE (Artists' Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions); an artist led, community focused residency and exhibition program based in Chicago, IL and Steuben, WI. She is the Treasurer and member of the Board of Pilsen Alliance; a non-profit focused on raising grassroots leadership and fighting for community self-determination on Chicago's lower south side. As an organizer and arts worker her practice is grounded in a conscious labor approach to collaborative, abundant community building. She believes in open experimental platforms and feral pedagogical systems. She also works with the Museum of Contemporary Photography as their Video Programs Coordinator and as a technical assistant to the artist Barbara Kasten.
Riley Hanick is a writer and doctoral student in English at the University of Iowa. He is the author of a book-length essay, Three Kinds of Motion (Sarabande Books, 2015) and the lead author of Mapping the Imaginary (ALA Editions, 2019), a guide to creative writing programming in libraries. He has collaborated with Lydia Diemer on three chapbooks, most recently Surface Notes (2019). His essays, journalism, and translations have been published in Sonora Review, Seneca Review, eyeshot, Labor World, and No Depression. His work has been included among the notable essays for the Best American series and supported by grants from the Jentel and McKnight foundations.
T.J. Dedeaux-Norris (f.k.a. Tameka Jenean Norris) was born in Guam and received their undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles before graduating with an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Dedeaux-Norris has recently participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals including at Nasher Museum
of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; Yerba Buena Museum, San Francisco, CA; Prospect.3 Biennial, New Orleans, LA; The Walker Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Performa 13; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam,Netherlands; Sundance Film Festival, New York, NY; Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City, IA among many others. Dedeaux-Norris has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Fountainhead Residency, Grant Wood Colony Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. They are the 2017 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a 2018 National Endowment for the arts fellowship, a 2019-2020 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantee and is currently tenure track Assistant Professor at University of Iowa.
Rush Jackson is an artist and independent graphic designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Moving fluidly between art and design-oriented practices, Jackson is invested in expanding the Black cultural lexicon through collaborative methods of production, such as graphic design and publishing, while maintaining an independent studio practice consisting of printed matter, painting, video and installation.
Selected regional venues Jackson has exhibited their work includes ICA Philadelphia, American Medium, High Tide, Icebox Project Space, Vox Populi, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
In 2020, Jackson created Onyx Self-Imaging, a full service, independent graphic design & art direction studio working with clients/collaborators in the arts & culture spheres, as well as prioritizing design for grassroot organizing & advocacy contexts.
Onyx works on comprehensive projects ranging from publication design, art direction, and brand identity development, to motion graphics & site development.
Kira Puri is a concept oriented art director, designer, strategist, and educator with over ten years of experience in multimedia communication, focusing especially on equity practices.