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Garden Fellowship



One year fellowship program for Black Women Artists looking to take their careers to the next level at one of the largest national fairs in Miami.

Incepted in 2018, The Garden Fellowship is TILA Studios highest fellowship program that awards 5 Georgia based black women artists with the opportunity to further their practice, access to professional development opportunities, national exposure during Art Week in Miami, and a chance to exhibit at Prizm Art Fair. 


The Garden Fellowship is a 12 month commitment and selected fellows must be to participate in the dates outlined below. All artists that submit must be a resident of Georgia.

Meet the 2019 -2020 Garden Fellows

Selected by the TILA Studios Advisory Council

Adana Tillman, Textiles, Fabrication 

Chloe Alexander, Printmaking 

Ellex Swavoni, Sculpture, Toy-making 

Marryam Moma, Mixed-Media Collage 

Stephanie Brown, Photography 

Adana Tillman

Within my series of nude figures, I believe they correlate with the Prizm theme by exuding self-acceptance. In a time where we are bombarded with images that we must “improve” ourselves, my figure depictions exclude loving yourself as-is. The clothed figures in my series show more self-conscious subjects. 

Chloe Alexander

My latest body of work, “Live Because, Love Despite, ” explores the concept of love as an act of refusal and defiance. Influenced by the love bestowed upon me by my mother and her fond memories of life in the rural Mississippi Delta, the series illustrates that love’s ability to transcend circumstances, be they poverty, betrayal, or unrealized expectations.

Ellex Swavoni

Currently, I am developing a series about mental health and self-bonding. I think that slow, mindful grooming sparks the same amount of present-ness as a quick session of meditation. There’s a self-intimacy that occurs when we take the time to feel ourselves taking care of ourselves.

Marryam Moma

The consistent message at the core of my art practice is to empower and uplift the Black female body. Unveiling the magic within this race of people breaks collective contemporary stereotypes, thus changing attitudes and perceptions of black women, allowing society to discover her beauty, ability to add value, appreciate and celebrate her.

Stephanie Brown

In this body of work light is love. The photographs offer a sculptural, graphic, non-representational depiction of love as it takes form as light.  Interrupted, manipulated, and temporarily transformed by form, the light in these chiaroscuro images holds steadfast like an anchor in the midst of a raging sea.

2019 Fellowship Dates

September 9, 2019

Garden Fellows Meeting + Prizm Art Fair Informational Session

October 5, 2019

CV, Bio, Statement Workshop with Shantay Robinson

October 12-13 2019

Live in Your Truth,  Squam Art Workshops

November 7, 2019

Art Basel Kick Off 

December 1 - 8, 2019

The TILA House


December 2 - 8, 2019

Prizm Art Fair 

December 7, 2019

Prizm  x Blck Family x TILA  Dinne

December 10 - 15, 2019

Feedback and Survey Sessions

January 10, 2020

First Garden Fellow Meeting of 2020

February  2020

How to Write a Curatorial Proposal Workshop with Shantay Robinson

March 2020 - April 2020

Garden Fellows Exhibition

Program Benefits + Evaluation Criteria

Each fellow will receive an all - expense paid trip to Miami for 5 days, access to art fairs and conventions, press and media opportunities, free professional development courses and much more.


Candidates for the 2019 Garden Fellowship will be evaluated on the following criteria and applications will be reviewed by a selected  juror panel of art administrators.


Evaluation Tiers:

1. Artistic and studio practice and commitment to work

2. Ability to write and effectively  describe their work via CV, Artist Statement and Bio

3. Online portfolio and digital presence - website, social media

4. Eagerness and career readiness for professional development program

Give Her Flowers
Timberhouse Films

Give Her Flowers


2018 Garden Fellow 

It was a great feeling to have our work shown while being in the same room as artists, curators, and influencers..


2018 Garden Fellow

I feel more confident in the direction of my current new work as it sits comfortably in the spaces that I visited. I made wonderful connections to curators and gallery owners, who could be pivotal in my art career. I found a sisterhood of artist that can continue this journey with me. 

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2018 Garden Fellow

Gaining confidence as an artist, meeting people in the art world, inspiration to not hold back on my craft

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