Announcing 2019-2020 MoAD Emerging Artists Program Awardees

The Museum of the African Diaspora is excited to announce Chanell Stone, Sydney Cain, and Vincent Miranda as the museum’s 2019-2020 Emerging Artists Program Awardees. The artists span a variety of media from photography to multimedia works on paper to sculpture.

Chanell Stone

December 4 – March 1, 2020

Chanell Stone’s practice is invested in challenging insular views of Blackness by expanding on narratives subject to Black erasure. This avidity has led her to explore the re-naturing of the Black body to the American landscape. Fueled by the conflicting lineage surrounding the African American legacy and nature, she is inspired to create work that highlights this longstanding connection to the land. Specificity is placed on urbanized African Americans living in dense cities and the disconnection from nature that often inherently follows this lifestyle. In her practice, she is analyzing the Black body’s presence within urban “forests” as an effort to reclaim and reconnect to nature itself even within the confines of the man-made environment. Through a compilation of environmental portraits, she explores the notion of “holding space” within one’s environment and the nuances of compartmentalized nature. Through the use of black and white analogue photography Chanell aims to expand the canon of traditional photography.


Sydney Cain

March 25 – June 7, 2020

Sydney Cain is born and raised in San Francisco. Her work is largely on paper using dye, graphite, and chalk as emblems of impermanence and transformation. She investigates remembrance, evolution and spirituality from my perspective as a queer black woman. The encoded language of DNA is deciphered through the practice of drawing contributing to a collective black mythos. Her current work is founded on genealogy research alongside the effects of urban renewal. Cain has exhibited throughout the Bay Area including SOMArts, Betti Ono, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the African American Arts and Culture Complex.


Vincent Miranda

June 17 – August 23, 2020

Vincent Miranda is an interdisciplinary artist from South Florida, living and working in San Francisco, California. Using sculptural investigations, his work explores an upbringing in the Contemporary South, and is subsequently informed by Southern hip-hop, Lean, and The Come Up. Employing methods of mold making, glass blowing, and hyperreal pigmentation, Miranda creates a space in which you’re presented with hanging silicone skins and sagging walls; a landscape that is weighted and correlates with that slow-moving, Southern drawl. He has shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Charlie James Gallery, and received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2019.





This program is made possible in part by Karen Jenkins-Johnson & Kevin Johnson and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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