I am one half of the fugitive gallery space, Nat Turner Project. We provide safe spaces, exhibits, funding, and press for artists of color. maxx martinez and I originally started this curatorial project in the bathrooms of our MFA studios when we were art students at PNCA in 2016. Most recently, we were lucky enough to procure funding to launch the Drinking Gourd Fellowship program, which is a series of need-based studio visits, exhibition opportunities, and no-strings-attached stipends for Black and POC artists in Portland. While we able to secure enough funding for the stipends and studio visits, we would like additional funding for our end-of-the-year exhibition showcase of the artists. We have also recently employed a part time Research & Development Operator to handle administrative tasks, social media, and research of other art collectives and spaces we can collaborate with, which has been extremely helpful. As maxx and I are both working artists with full time jobs and several part-time jobs, alleviating the burden of some of our administrative tasks has helped us concentrate on the main missions of our project: providing opportunities for artists of color.
Funded by Portland, OR (May 2019)