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Spotlight on the collection with students from The College of New Jersey | Three Graces

October 9 2021 1 — 2 PM
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Spotlight on the collection with students from The College of New Jersey                                   Three Graces
Photo: Ken Ek

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

Three Graces
Contemplate historical memory, displacement, belonging, and ritual inspired by Toshiko Takaezu’s Three Graces with recent graduates Jada Grisson and Kiana Stockwell.

Jada Grisson (she/her) is a lover of Black feminism, literary anthropology, and dope art installations – like the kind that can be found at Grounds For Sculpture. A recent college graduate in Political Science and African American Studies, she spends the time she isn’t working as a bookseller at her local Black-owned bookshop finding new ways to cook tofu and hanging out at the library.

Kiana Stockwell (she/her) recently earned her BA in Political Science from The College of New Jersey, where she also minored in Sociology and African American Studies. She worked as a violence preventionist on her college campus and currently produces content at GoSociafy, a communications organization focused on progressive politics and social justice. Kiana loves music, graphic design, and her favorite place to read is at the beach.

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.

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