Alexandra Buffalohead received her Master of Arts in Art History, and Museum Studies Certificate from St. Thomas University in 2019. She is currently Arts and Cultural Engagement Manager at the Native American Community Development Institute and All My Relations Arts Gallery. She is currently curating the Native Fall Print Exhibit at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Previously, Buffalohead received an Artists in Business Leadership Fellowship from First Peoples Fund and Native American Art Fellowship at the University of St. Thomas. Throughout the Emerging Curators Institute program, she will create a space where Native artists can reclaim and share their narratives, where Native visitors would feel comfortable and be treated respectfully, and the average Minnesota demographic would have access.
Amirah Ellison graduated from Carleton College Northfield with a Bachelor’s in Art with a major in Cinema and Media Studies and minor in Middle East Studies. While studying for her undergraduate degree, Ellison was a Mellon Mays Research Fellow and Public Poetry Fellow. She is the founder and curator of infemous, a zine dedicated to amplifying feminist journalism, critical analysis, art and other forms of expression. Through the program, Ellison will to curate an exhibition with local black artists as a gesture of love towards her community. Through story and form, the exhibition will serve as an expression to flatten the boundaries between things that are seemingly disparate.
Xochi de la Luna
Xochi de la Luna seeks to curate as a method of creating togetherness. Previously, they curated Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories,a multidisciplinary cabaret, and Transitional Transmissions, a series of intergenerational panels and performances from trans and nonbinary community members. Xochi de la Luna started curating in Minneapolis because spaces felt very segregated and white to them, so they started their own platforms for QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color). For their fellowship project, they will curate a multidisciplinary horror festival that will highlight Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists, and challenge the idea of horror.
Gabby Coll + Adrienne Doyle
Gabby Coll’s undergraduate degree in Art History informs her work as an arts advocate and arts communications professional. Adrienne Doyle is a media and social practice artist who uses DIY tools and strategies to center the collective, connective, and vulnerable aspects of Blackness. Doyle is the founder and director of Burn Something Zine, a submission-based, queer- and trans-inclusive media project that focused on amplifying the voices of Women of Color (WOC) and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) folks of color in the Twin Cities. With their combined backgrounds, Coll and Doyle will collaboratively create a curatorial project that honors the creative and documentary work of Burn Something and its contributors. Through the fellowship, they will create a multimedia exhibition of work and a series of social practice engagements that support of their community of WOC and GNC folks of color in the Twin Cities.