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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dinner
December 10 - 15, 2019
Feedback and Survey Sessions
January 10, 2020
First Garden Fellow Meeting of 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.
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
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.