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Ann ‘Sole Sister’ Johnson
Born in London, England and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming Ann Johnson is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she currently teaches. She has an MFA from the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco. Primarily an interdisciplinary artist with an affinity for experimental printmaking, she has a passion for exploring issues particularly in the Black community. Her series It Is the Not Knowing That Burns My Soul, examining the “Black Indian, was included in Indivisible for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She’s been featured in the New York Times, and the International Review of African American Art. She has exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY, Women and their Work in Austin, TX, and the California African American Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Johnson is represented by Hooks Epstein Galleries, in Houston, TX, and Spillman Blackwell in New Orleans, LA.View Artwork
LaToya M. Hobbs is an artist, wife, and mother of two from Little Rock, AR who is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BA in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora. She creates a fluid and symbiotic relationship between her printmaking and painting practice producing works that are marked by texture, color and bold patterns.
Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibits in locations such as the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL, the Community Folk Arts Center in Syracuse, NY, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL and the Sophia Wannamaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica among others. LaToya’s work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Her work is housed in private and public collections such as the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the Getty Research Institute and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Other accomplishments include a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, a 2019 Artist Travel Grant awarded by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, a 2020 Artist in Residence award at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA and she is the winner of the 2020 Jane and Walter Sondhiem Artscape Prize. Additionally, LaToya devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and she is a founding member of Black Women of Print, a collective whose vision is to make visible the narratives and works of Black women printmakers, past, present and for the future.
Tanekeya Word (b. 1983, Clarksdale, Mississippi) creates multimedia visual art: paintings, drawings, fine art prints and book art. She is also an art educator, cultural arts organizer and scholar based in Milwaukee, WI.
At the center of her scholarship is the exploration of subaltern spaces: Black interiority in the United States of America and the connection to identity, history, memory and re-memory. Utilizing portraiture, nature, material culture and Black artistic cultural production, such as literature, she examines the depths of Black women’s spatialities—real, imagined and lived practices.
Word is the founder of Black Women of Print, a homeplace for Black women printmakers. She holds a B.A. in English/Afro American Studies from Howard University, a M.A. Arts Management from American University and completed her Doctoral Program course load in May 2019. Tanekeya Word has dedicated hundreds of hours to Advanced Graduate level courses in Printmaking and Urban Planning + Architectural Theory.
Currently a dissertator at the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Urban Education with a specialization in Art Education, Word’s forthcoming dissertation (2022) is entitled: Black Womanhood + Black Aesthetics in Art Education. Tanekeya Word has participated in national exhibitions and her work is held in private and public collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee.
Stephanie Santana (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) is a textile artist, fine art printmaker, illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Through the use of archival family photographs and documents, often dating from the era of Jim Crow and the American civil rights movement, her work addresses themes of interiority, identity and cultural preservation. Intuitively layering printmaking, hand embroidery and quilting techniques that connect her practice and visual language to an ancestral lineage of Black women artists and makers, Santana excavates and constructs tactile narratives that exist in dialogue with personal and collective histories, traversing the space between memory and the physical evidence of Black life.
Her work has exhibited nationally and is held in both private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute and Smith College Museum of Art. Her illustrations are featured in the film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (The Criterion Collection, Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), and have been commissioned by clients such as Apple and Nike.
Santana currently serves as the Communications Director and Founding Member President of Black Women of Print, and has been a studio member at Textile Arts Center since 2019. She is also a member of The Santana Project, an intergenerational, interdisciplinary art collective.
Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and a MFA in printmaking from Purdue University. Formally a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Martin is currently working as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press.
Primarily working from oral traditions, along with vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration; Martin’s work explores the power of the narrative impulse.
Her finished works combine collaging, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sewing techniques, placing her figures amid patterns to visually represent what it looks like when we become the spiritual other: when we pray or meditate … we enter the veilscape.” Martin's layering of technique and material, as well as her use of pattern and color, signifies a liminal space – the space between the waking life and the spirit life. By fusing this visual language with oral storytelling in this different space she offers other identities and other narratives for women of color.
Martin’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recently Martin’s work was shown at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and welcomed into the Library of Congress. She served as 2020 Keynote speaker for the Mid America Print Council.