Price: $10 members, $20, non-members, $10 students with ID. Pre-registration required.
Free for TCNJ faculty and students. Pre-registration not required for TCNJ faculty and students.
What worlds open for us when we experience an artwork? Join us for a series of dynamic conversations facilitated by student-scholars of color in African American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The College of New Jersey. This series features a focused look at sculptures by BIPOC* artists based on themes explored through the students’ engagement with the artwork.
* BIPOC is an acronym for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
Consider themes of childhood and its erasure, rest, and spirituality inspired by Mike Gyampo’s Just Chillin’ with student-scholar Kayla Johnson. ..
Kayla Johnson (she/her) is a senior majoring in Psychology and Criminology at The College of New Jersey. She is a member of the college’s Board for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a teacher’s aid for youth with disabilities.
Spotlight Series partners and mentors:
donia salem harhoor (she/they) is an egyptian-american bibliophile. Executive director of The Outlet Dance Project, alumna of Community of Writers and Open Mouth Poetry Retreat, they were Grounds For Sculpture’s inaugural Performing Artist in Residence. Their poetry has appeared in Mizna/AAWW’s I WANT SKY, Swim Pony’s TrailOff project, Anomaly, and Sukoon. donia’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Art is from Goddard College. Learn more at doniasalemharhoor.com.
Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis is an Associate Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at TCNJ. She holds a Ph.D. in United States and African American History, an M.A. in U.S. and World History, and a B.F.A. in Painting and Illustration. When she is not teaching, writing, and parenting her 7-year-old twin sons, she is engaged in conversation about racial justice and emotionality, trying vegan recipes, or riveted by the Walking Dead.