Radically Vulnerable Art
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b. 1986, HK.

Brianna Harlan 

Artist Bio
Brianna Harlan is a multidisciplinary artist and activist from Louisville, KY. She uses visual art as a tool to create reflective and constructive experience. The first step of her work is always to break down the barriers of performative culture to reach a place that serves healing, connection, and discovery. Brianna is a Hadley Creative Fellow, Great Meadows grant recipient, Kentucky Foundation for Women Fire Starter award winner, and prolific social change artist. Her most recent residency was at Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. Aside from her studio practice, she works to engage and support community through art at the Speed Art Museum.

Artist Statement
Brianna Harlan’s art practice inquires and intervenes on topics of selfhood, cultural identity, social norms, mental health, sociopolitical dynamics, intimacy, and community. The multidisciplinary work is shaped by social investigations that uncover the diverse nuances of sensitive topics and, through Radical Vulnerability, encourage moments of connection for people to publicly open doors that often remain closed. The experiences transfer into works that invite others to unpack 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 always to break down the barriers of performative culture to reach a place that serves healing, connection, and discovery.

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Education
2017-2018 Hadley Creatives Fellowship, Community Foundation of Louisville
2017-2018 Creative Capital, Artist Development Program
2015 Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art, Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Grants/Awards
2018 Firestarter Award, Kentucky Foundation for Women for Art + Activism, Louisville, KY
2018 City of Louisville Mayoral Proclamation, honoring an artist for valuable and powerful work, Louisville, KY
2018 Great Meadows Foundation Grant
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
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

Exhibitions
2019 Thread House, IdeaFestival Bowling Green, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2018 Provocative Perspectives, 1619 Flux, Louisville, KY
2018 Visions of Power ... Artists Exploring Personal and Collective Change, 1619 Flux, Louisville, KY
2018-2019 The Divided States of Americans, Metro Hall, Louisville, KY
2018 15, KMAC Contemporary Art Museum, Louisville, KY
2018 Oasis, 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

Commissions
2018 Environmental Policy Comic Book, IDEASxLab w/ Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville, KY

Experience
2019 Featured 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 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

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