I am a conceptual artist, researcher, storyteller, and educator of Afrofuturism and Black Islam based in Baltimore, MD.

Read more about me here.

  1. Intermedia + Digital Art MFA graduate
  2. 5+ years of arts education experience
  3. Awards-nominated podcast producer



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Education


2021       MFA, Intermedia + Digital Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD
2017       BS, Electronic Media and Film, Towson University, Towson, MD
2010       Young Scholars Program, Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
                     Courses: ARCH 150 - Discovering Architecture (3)




Solo Exhibition History


2022       

Things Imagined, VisArts, Rockville, MD

2020     

Everything is Connected, Jubilee Arts, Baltimore, MD (online due to COVID-19)



Group Exhibition History


2022       

I Am Muslim, Above Art Studios, New Brunswick, NJ (curated by Nzingah Oyo)
Dispersive Archives Vol. 2, Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Baltimore, MD (curated by Joy Davis, Waller Gallery)

2021       

SPARK IV: A New World, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2020       

OBSIDIAN Podcast, Refusing Refusal, Baltimore, MD (online due to COVID-19)

2019       

No Walls, No Bans, No Borders, The Peale Center, Baltimore, MD (curated by Rebel Lens Bmore)
Supernova, StartUp Shell, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (curated by Tajbik Sheikh)
Sister Cities Animated!, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation, Baltimore, MD (curated by Lynn Tomlinson and myself)

2017      

Born in Baltimore Film Festival, Baltimore, MD

2016

Progress, 4c Gallery, Baltimore, MD (curated by Markele Cullins and Suldano Abdiruhman; Online)



Awards, Grants, Residencies


2022
“as imminent as bread” Grant, Orange Tangent Study, Brooklyn, NY
Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant (ARG), Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Baltimore, MDWherewithal Research Grant, Washington Project for the Arts & The Andy Warhol Foundation, Washington D.C.
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2021       

Grit Fund – Emergency Recovery Grant, Baltimore, MD
Fleur And Charles Bresler Residency, VisArts, Rockville, MD, September - January 2022
Summer Research Grant, Center for Religion and the City | Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

2020

Most Cultured Podcast Nominee - OBSIDIAN Podcast, Black Podcasting Awards
Red Bull Arts Baltimore Microgrant - August
IGNYTE Award Nominee - Best Fiction Podcast - OBSIDIAN Podcast, FIYAHCON 2020, FIYAH Literary Magazine
Baltimore Artist Retreat, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Baltimore, MD

2019      

Rubys Artist Grant - Media Arts - OBSIDIAN Podcast, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Professional Development Grant, UMBC Graduate Student Association, Baltimore County, MD

2017
     
Born in Baltimore Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
    Official Selection, A Letter From the 8th Floor (2017)
Women in Leadership Conference, Towson University, Towson, MD
    Nominated Attendant by College Dean

2016       

Media Arts Festival, Towson University, Towson, MD
    2nd Place Music Mixing, Across (2016)



Curatorial Experience


2021

Curatorial Team, Betting on Hope: Baltimore and the Collective Work of 2022, Morgan State University’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, Oct 29 - Feb 4, 2022

2020

Research Assistant, Forthcoming Afrofuturism Special Exhibition (Title TBD), Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.


2019       

Co-curator, Sister Cities Animated!, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation, Parkway Theater, Baltimore, MD, February 11

2018       

Co-curator, Bmore Accomplished: Not Just History... Black History, Calendar, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore, MD, 

Curator, The Skin We’re In, Zine, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore, MD, Spring 2018



Presentations, Conferences, Panels


2022   
   
“Islamic Art Advisory Committee Roundtable - Docent Enrichment,” Walters Art Museum, May 9

“Counter-Memory & Critical Histories,” Center for Media at Risk, The University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School, April 20

“Speculative Histories and Futures," University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CADVC), moderator, March 4

“Yarrow Mamout: Weaver of Islam, Counter-Memory, and Afrofuturism in late 18th century Georgetown, D.C.,” Claiming Space Symposium, Smithsonian Institute, presenter, January 27-29

2021       

"Black Muslim Freedom Dreams" Critical Talk with Prof. Dr. Aminah Al-Deen PhD, Muslim Network TV, panelist, August 26

"Black Muslim Freedom Dreams: 101," Black Muslim Psychology Conference, panelist, Muslim Wellness Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, August 20 (online due to COVID-19)

2020
       
"Making a Case for W.E.B. Du Bois as a Proto-Afrofuturist," History Should Make You Uncomfortable, presenter, Coalition of Master's Scholars on Material Culture, November 21 (online due to COVID-19)
     
“WOC Artists Panel,” The BlackPrint, presenter, University of Maryland, College Park’s Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA), College Park, MD, February 26

2019      

“Baltimore Spotlight: OBSIDIAN,” From Disordered to Deadly: Information and Power, presenter, Media Democracy Fund, Baltimore, MD, December 4

“Instances of Behavioral Dissonance,” Border Control: Symposium & Exhibition, presenter, New Media Caucus, Ann Arbor, MI, September 21

“#AllRappersGoToHeaven,” Shell Talk, presenter, StartUp Shell - University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 4

2018     

“Mapping a Pathway to Success through Creative Youth Development,” presenter, Maryland Out-of-School Time Network Conference, Baltimore, MD, January 10



Teaching Experience


2022       Guest Lecturer, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
                     Foundations for Immersive Storytelling, October 2022

2020-22 Teaching Artist, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
                     Various Art Activities, December 2020, May and June 2021, October 2022

2019-20 Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD
                     Introduction to Printmaking, Fall 2020
                     Intermedia Studio, Fall 2020
                     Introduction to Art + Media Studies, Fall and Spring 2019-2020
                     Visual Concepts I, Fall 2019

2019-20 Instructor, Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA), University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD
                     The Art of Stop-Motion Animation, Summer 2020
                     The Art of Sound Animation, Summer 2019

2016-18 Lead Media Instructor, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore MD
                     Animation, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
                     Social Design, Fall and Spring 2016-2018

2016-17 Teaching Assistant, Towson University, Towson, MD
                     Visual Effects, Fall 2016
                     Animation Action Lab, Spring 2017

2013-16 Teaching Assistant, Govans Elementary School, Baltimore, MD
                     Writing and Reading Comprehension, Fall and Spring 2013-2016



Professional Development


2022 “Teaching and Learning as ‘PRIMITIVE HYPERTEXT’” instructed by Kameelah Janan Rasheed, School for Poetic Computation, Brooklyn, NY

2022 “VIRTUAL ARTIFACT: Basics of 3D Model Creation,” instructed by StrikeWare Collective, MC3 Arts Education Studio - Media Arts, Baltimore, MD

2020 Human Subjects in Research Certification, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.



Committees


2020-Present Trustee, Awesome Foundation, Baltimore, MD

2021-2022  Member, Islamic Art Advisory Committee, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

2021       Member, Baltimore Field School Working Group, Baltimore, MD




Press, Publications


2022

Rebecca Juliette, “BmoreArt’s Picks: February 1-7,” BmoreArt, February 1, Web. https://bmoreart.com/2022/02/bmorearts-picks-february-1-7.html


Rebecca Juliette, “BmoreArt’s Picks: January 11-17,” BmoreArt, January 11, Web. https://bmoreart.com/2022/01/bmorearts-picks-january-11-17.html

2021

Cara Ober, "An Art Exhibit Considering Our Collective Future," BmoreArt, June 23. Web. https://bmoreart.com/2021/06/an-art-exhibit-considering-our-collective-future.html


Rebecca Juliette, "BmoreArt’s Picks: May 4-10," BmoreArt, May 4. Web. https://bmoreart.com/2021/05/bmorearts-picks-may-4-10.html

2020

"Podcast Recommendations for Your Long Ride Nowhere" Bello Collective, 17 November. Web.
https://bellocollective.com/podcast-recommendations-for-your-long-ride-nowhere-bf926367556b


Lauren Passell, "⚰️ Lincoln's cadaver, Billie Holliday, a hip-hop conspiracy theory, Oklahoma City 🎶 Endless Thread's Amory Sivertson 🧵" Podcast The Newsletter, 12 October. Web. 
https://podcastthenewsletter.substack.com/p/-lincolns-cadaver-billie-holliday


"60 Minutes Through Space." Open World, 8 October. Web. https://www.openworldradio.com/2020/10/08/60-minutes-through-space/


Lakshmi Gandhi, "55 years later, 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' still inspires." NBC News, 10 September. Web.  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/55-years-later-autobiography-malcolm-x-still-inspires-n1239797


Safiyah Cheatam, “Making a Case for W.E.B. Du Bois as a Proto-Afrofuturist.” The Drinking Gourd | Medium, 31 July. Web. https://medium.com/the-drinking-gourd/making-a-case-for-w-e-b-du-bois-as-a-proto-afrofuturist-302c60d8db8d


Aysha Khan, “Muslim women are building new worlds in science fiction and changing the confines of the genre.” The Washington Post, 17 July. Web. https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/muslim-women-are-building-new-worlds-in-science-fiction-and-changing-the-confines-of-the-genre/2020/07/17/ddea6a6e-c7aa-11ea-a99f-3bbdffb1af38_story.html


Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque, “Podcast Fever.” UMBC Magazine, 9 June. Web. https://magazine.umbc.edu/podcast-fever/


Teri Henderson, “MASTERS: Safiyah Cheatam.” BmoreArt, 28 May. Web. https://bmoreart.com/2020/05/masters-safiyah-cheatam.html


Vanessa Taylor, “Degrowing the Future. Part One of The Drinking Gourd’s Afrofuturism roundtable series." The Drinking Gourd | Medium, 31 January. Web. https://medium.com/the-drinking-gourd/degrowing-the-future-3bbfc28a725



Skills


Writing; Research and Planning; Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter); Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, AfterEffects, Lightroom); Dragonframe (Animation Software); DSLR Camera (Canon, Nikon); Digital Archives; Public Speaking, Customer Service, Curriculum Building, Smithsonian TMS System, MS Office (Word, Excel); Spanish - Basic