artist + organizer
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b. 1986, HK.

Brianna Harlan 

Artist Bio
Brianna Harlan is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer. She uses community organizing, participatory experience, and radical vulnerability to inquire and intervene the effects of social norms and sociopolitical dynamics on health, intimacy, selfhood, and community. Brianna is a Hadley Creative Fellow, Great Meadows grant recipient, and Kentucky Foundation for Women Fire Starter award winner. Her most recent residencies were at Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and Materia Abierta in Mexico City. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Art and Social Action at Queens College, CUNY.

Artist Statement
Brianna Harlan is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses community organizing, participatory experience, and radical vulnerability to inquire and intervene on the effects of social norms and sociopolitical dynamics on health, intimacy, selfhood, and community. The work is shaped by social investigations that uncover the diverse nuances of sensitive topics and encourage moments of unpacking and connection. The experiences transfer into works that invite others to confront their own perspectives, habits, and conditioning. Brianna also works with self portraits, becoming a poster child for otherness and emotional struggle to process her own intersecting identities. The first step of her work is to break down the barriers of performative culture to reach a place that serves healing, connection, and discovery. Creative Motion: People x Knowledge x Art

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2019 - 2021 Social Practice Queens MFA Candidate, Queens College, CUNY

Grants/Awards
2019 Producing Art In Neighborhoods Together (PAINT) Grant, Center For Neighborhoods, Louisville, KY
2018 Firestarter Award, Kentucky Foundation for Women for Art + Activism, Louisville, KY
2018 Mayoral Proclamation, honoring an artist for valuable and powerful work, Louisville, KY
2018 Great Meadows Foundation Grant, Louisville, KY
2017 Arts + Activism Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women for Art + Activism
2017 Grant for Arts Programming, External Agency Fund, Louisville, KY
2011-2015 Art Scholarship, Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Residencies
2019 Materia Abierta: Novo Pan Klub, Curated by Natalia Zuluaga, Mexico City, Mexico
2018 Ox-Bow Artist Residency, Saugatuck, Michigan
2018 Heros+Sheros Project, Meyzeek Middle School, IDEASxLab, Louisville, KY
2018 Artist in Residence, Louisville Grows, Louisville, KY
2017 ArtsReach SafeSpace Studio, Kentucky Center for the Arts, KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY

Solo Exhibitions
2017 The Divided States of Americans, Iroquois Public Library, Louisville, KY

Social Practice Public Projects
2019 Black Girl Telephone BlackGirlTelephone.com
2019 Parkland Love: A Neighborhood History Booklets and Banners, Louisville, KY
2018 Smoketown Heroes +Sheroes, Environmental Policy Collaborative Comic Book, IDEASxLab w/ Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville, KY

Exhibitions

2019 Mental Misconceptions, Schneider Hall at University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
2019 Thread House:
Warren County Public Library Summer Kickoff, National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY
IdeaFestival Bowling Green, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2018-2019 The Divided States of Americans, Metro Hall, Louisville, KY
2018 Provocative Perspectives, 1619 Flux, Louisville, KY
2018 Visions of Power ... Artists Exploring Personal and Collective Change, 1619 Flux, Louisville, KY
2018 15, KMAC Contemporary Art Museum, Louisville, KY
2018 Oasis, 32nd Festival of Faiths, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville, KY
2018 Young Visionaries of 2018, Little Loom House, Louisville, KY
2017 Alley Gallery, Public Art, Louisville, KY
2015 Senior Thesis Exhibition, Greiner Art Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN
2014 Fall Exhibition, Fall Selections: Student Show, Greiner Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Education
2019 Infographics and Equity, Jessica Bellamy, Adobe Fellow
2017-2018 Hadley Creatives Fellowship, Community Foundation of Louisville
2017-2018 Creative Capital, Artist Development Program
2017 - 2018 NeighborWorks America, Community Engagement
2016-2017 AmeriCorps VISTA, Capacity Building in Communities
2015 Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art, Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Experience
2019 Speaker, IdeaFestival Bowling Green, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2019 Speaker, Re-actions: Art, Advocacy, and Community, 21C Museum and ACLU KY
2018 Juror, CFL Hadley Creatives Fellowship
2018 Speaker/Featured Artist, 32nd Festival of Faiths, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville, KY
2018 Panelist, Politics + Art: For Freedoms, Hite Art Institute, Cressman Visual Arts Center, Louisville, KY
2018 2018 Speaker/Featured Artist, 23rd Launch Event Festival of Faiths, Louisville, KY
2017 Sub Committee Member, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, Louisville, KY
2017 Co-Curator, Crafted Conversations, Louisville Public Library, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville, KY
2016-2017 Curator, New Beginnings, Louisville Grows Healthy House, Louisville, KY
2014 Printmaking Studio Tech, Hanover College, Hanover, IN
2011-2012 Gallery Monitor, Greiner Art Gallery, Hanover, IN
2011-2012 Collections Archives Monitor, Hanover, IN

Bibliography
2019 Free Time, WHAS11 News, ABC
2018 Louisville Visual Art
2018 Insider Louisville
2018 FORsooth Newspaper
2018 ArtxFM Artebella, WXOX 97.1
2017 Hot Flash, Kentucky Foundation for Women
2016 The Postdigital Printmaker, Digital