The Office of Public Art is hosting a portfolio review session to give artists the chance to receive feedback on their work from national and local artists, curators, and arts administrators. Artists can reserve 25-minute time slots with a reviewer of their choice over Zoom.
Portfolio reviewers for the evening are: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, a Pittsburgh-based artist; D.S. Kinsel, creative entrepreneur and co-founder of BOOM Concepts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Njaimeh Njie, a Pittsburgh-based photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer; and Juana Williams, a community-based curator and writer from Detroit, Michigan.
Participants can register for up to TWO review time slots. The deadline to register is November 28, 2021. Registrants will be REQUIRED to submit a portfolio in advance.
Cancellations and no shows will not be refunded. Please choose your time slot(s) carefully; we cannot accommodate requested schedule changes. Please arrive at your session on time. Reviewers cannot extend your session if you sign in late.
Ginger Brooks Takahashi’s collaborative project-based, socially enraged practice is an extension of feminist spaces and queer inquiry, actively building community, and nurturing alternative forms of information distribution. She is co-founder of queer and feminist journal LTTR; projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project; the touring musical act MEN; and General Sisters. She has presented work at the Oakland Museum of California, 2019; Jewish Museum, 2016; Tensta Konsthall, 2015; Brooklyn Museum, 2013; Museo Tamayo, 2010; New Museum, 2009; and Serpentine Gallery, 2008. She received her BA from Oberlin College and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2007. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
D.S. Kinsel is co-founder of BOOM Concepts, an award-winning creative entrepreneur, and cultural agitator. He expresses his creativity through the mediums of painting, installation, curating, non-traditional performance and #HASHTAGS. Kinsel’s work focuses on space keeping, urban tradition, hip-hop, informalism, and cultural re-appropriation. He has participated in numerous artist residencies at The Homewood Residency Program, Carnegie Mellon University Digital Arts Studio, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. He served as curator of #ACTIVISTprint at The Andy Warhol Museum, and recently served as the senior producer at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
Njaimeh Njie is a photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Her work documents contemporary Black life. Njie’s work has been featured in CityLab, Belt Magazine, and the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Storyboard Blog. She has presented at TEDxPittsburghWomen, Harvard University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Njie is the recipient of several awards namely, the 2019 Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellow, and the 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Njie earned her B.A. in film and media studies in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis.
Juana Williams is a community-based art curator and writer residing in Michigan. Her practice predominantly focuses on deconstructing cultural and social issues, transgressing traditional boundaries of art criticism, and countering anti-blackness within the arts. Williams is the Director of Exhibitions at Library Street Collective. She previously served as the Exhibitions Curator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). Prior to joining UICA, Williams held positions at various art institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She holds a B.A. in art and an M.A. in art history, both from Wayne State University.
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