Winners of the Museum of the African Diaspora Emerging Artists Program 2017-18
Local Artists Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Simone Bailey, Andrew Wilson, and summer mason Awarded Exhibition Space as EAP Winners Beginning September 20, 2017.
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) today announced Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Simone Bailey, Andrew Wilson, and summer mason as the winners of the museum’s third annual Emerging Artists Program (EAP). The EAP is a call for artists to propose a solo exhibition addressing the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora. The San Francisco Bay Area artists were selected from 41 applicants for the opportunity to show in the Salon at MoAD for approximately 2 consecutive months.
Ebitenyefa Baralaye is the first artist to exhibit during this season of Emerging Artists with an exhibition entitled Many Rooms opening September 20, 2017, followed by: Simone Bailey, opening December 6, 2017; Andrew Wilson, opening March 28, 2018; and summer mason, opening June 13, 2018.
Opening September 20, 2017
Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a sculptor, mixed media artist and designer. His work explores dualities in cultural, spiritual and psychological symbolism interpreted through a diaspora lens and abstracted around aesthetics of craft and design. Baralaye received his BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in Ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Baralaye was awarded an honorable mention at the 2011 Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale and received a museum acquisition prize from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited in various solo and group shows domestically and internationally including David Klein Gallery and The Fed Galleries at the Kendall College of Art and Design. Baralaye is currently and AICAD Teaching Fellow at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Opening December 6, 2017
Simone Bailey works with video, performance, sculpture, and photography to explore themes related to violence, agency, and the impulse to grasp the intangible. Her work has been exhibited at Krowswork (Oakland, CA), Luis Adelantado (Valencia, Spain), Amory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), and CDA Projects (Istanbul). She lives and works in San Francisco.
Opening March 28, 2018
Andrew Wilson is a multimedia artist working in the intersections of the consumption of the Black body and queerness. His work is at once beautiful with an attention to craftsmanship and repulsing in its graphic subject matter. He wants to create an extra moment of confoundment for the viewer to contemplate their relationship to the work and the imagery and histories it evokes. He received his BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013 with a concentration in Jewelry/Metals and his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Wilson’s work has been in many galleries and institutions including: The Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and SOMArts. His work has been collected by Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico.
Opening June 13, 2018
summer fucking mason’s goal is to always make the viewer find doubt in the ideas they find certain. The feeling of discomfort that arises is a marker of growth. As a Black queer filmmaker, mason uses intimate visions of their fears as the key motivating factor in their work. mason works only with Black and brown folx behind the camera. Each detail of their work is handled with great sensitivity and intention.
Karen Seneferu is one of the most thought provoking visual artists of our time. Born and raised in Oakland California, her childhood was fed by revolutionary politics and the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and has dedicated her life to working as an educator and artivist. Self-taught in her artistic craft, Seneferu is obsessed with gathering information, imagery and ideas. As a result, her work contains a completeness that belies her brief tenure as a multimedia artist. Using natural and manufactured materials she boldly examines the ancient and contemporary, turning modern objects into artifacts. This Afrofuturistic aesthetic provides a curative intersection between technological and the spiritual. Senefuru’s is grounded in the philosophy that space has hidden meaning. Therefore, her work seeks to enter into and transform the meaning of space.
As a student at Yale University spending a semester abroad, Dorian came to appreciate the artistry and tradition of Venetian glassblowing. After graduation, she founded her eponymous company to create handcrafted objects of art. The resulting chandeliers were shown in museums and galleries in a multi-year, nationwide traveling exhibition that showcased African American polyrhythmic art. An advocate for entrepreneurs who seek to channel their creative talents into a sustainable business platform, Dorian often counsels them through the Alameda County Small Business Development Center. Dorian is a frequent lecturer and panelist at universities, design schools and business conferences where she has spoken about her aesthetic, entrepreneurial philosophy, and lifestyle brand development. Dorian is also an active member in the art world through her work on various boards. In addition to serving on the advisory boards of numerous startups, Dorian is a board member of the Yale Alumni Arts League, and is on the board of 8888directors for the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco.
Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist, artivist, independent curator, and serial entrepreneur who facilitates the creation of “collaboratory” spaces where methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and social justice can be manifested. Through her company AECreative she consults with organizations to assess and build capacity for equitable community engagement through the uses of mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management.
In 2012, Ashara co-founded Impact Hub Oakland, an innovation incubator and co-working space, and brought to fruition Omi Gallery, both creative enterprises committed to the social, cultural, economic and political liberation of people of color, women and girls, and the LGTBQ community. In her role as Chief Creative Officer and Curator she designs, produces and listens for place-based solutions revealed through a multiplicity of gatherings often with unlikely allies. Recent projects include the “Breaking the Silence” Town Hall on Girls & Women of Color, “Survival Pending Revolution: The Black Panther Party at 50” exhibition, and the “Art + Race Conference.”
Currently she holds Advisory Board positions with KQED Arts, Black Girls Code, the and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, and has served as a Fellow with Green For All, Emerging Arts Professionals, Schools Without Borders and Institute For The Future.
Ashara’s commitment to social transformation is informed by an intersectional framework that aims to expand the influence and impact of culture on racial equity, gender+justice, and environmental literacy.
Soleil Summer joined MoAD in Spring 2017 as the Exhibitions Associate, assisting the Director of Exhibitions with management of the Emerging Artists Program. Previously, she has organized programs with Betti Ono Gallery and Pro Arts Gallery in Downtown Oakland. In addition to her work at MoAD, she currently takes on administrative and artistic roles as a member of SLURP Studio & Gallery and Black Mail artist collective.
Demetri Broxton brings over 17 years of experience in museums, K-12 education, nonprofits, and art galleries. His areas of expertise are visuals arts and arts education. Broxton is an independent curator and currently works at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) as the Senior Director of Education, where he manages school and community outreach, develops curricular resources and programs for school-age and college-age audiences, docent programs, symposia, and other education related programming.
Emily Kuhlmann coordinates the development, installation and curation of exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora. She has organized the last four seasons of exhibitions at MoAD, curating both Alison Saar: Bearing and Who Among Us… The Art of Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle (2016). Emily received her B.A. from the Uni- versity of California, Irvine in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies and, she immediately continued her education back in Northern California, where she graduated with an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts. Her research interests include performance studies and critical race art history. Concerned with accepted norms of race, class, and gender, Emily explored the work of William Pope. L, Wu Tsang, and Adrian Piper in her thesis Making Visible Bodies: Artistic Interventions of Recognition and Responsibility.