Kehayr Brown-Ransaw is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Brown-Ransaw’s art practice focuses on traditional crafts of quilting, weaving, and printmaking. His work engages in conversations of individualism versus collectivism, familial histories, concepts of gendered work, tradition, and Blackness/Black identity. He has exhibited work at the University of Minnesota, FilmNorth, Vine Arts Center, BI Worldwide, and the MCAD Sculpture Garden. Additionally, Brown is an active and operating member of the People’s Library, collaboratively producing arts programming at MCAD, The Soap Factory, Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Through the Emerging Curators fellowship, Brown-Ransaw will curate an exhibition showcasing the diversity of fiber artists outside of the canon of middle-aged white women: the show will carve space out for BIPOC and Queer fiber artists, legitimizing their works and practices alongside those of white fiber artists.
Starasea Nidiala Camara
Starasea Nidiala Camara is a rising curator, museum professional, scholar and aspiring linguist. Currently a student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, College of Liberal Arts. She is graduating in Spring 2021 with an Individually Designed Interdepartmental B.A. in African Diaspora Studies, Art History, and Arabic Language & Literature. More recently, Camara completed an internship with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, in which she curated an upcoming exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), titled In The Presence of Our Ancestors. At Mia, she previously served on advisory committees for the exhibitions Mapping Black Identities and Turkish Rugs on Tudor Walls. Starasea brings aspects of intersectionality and authenticity into her curatorial practice. Throughout her ECI fellowship, she will work to illuminate the practices of Afro-Latinx artists through a curatorial project to decolonize how we view the intersections of the language, nationality, and racial identity in relation to the African Diaspora.
Juleana Enright is an Indigenous, queer, non-binary writer, curator, and DJ. They are a member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribe of Lower Brulé, South Dakota. In 2018, Juleana curated Soft Boundaries which explored how vulnerable narratives can be used as an act of resistance, liberation, and healing. They have been awarded a fellowship from MnArtists and worked with KFAI Radio to create audio documentaries centered on community stories. With Afro and Indigenous Futurisms in mind, Juleana will create a curatorial project exploring ancestral knowledge. Juleana plans to address the intertwined Afro-Indigenous histories of colonized life and demand futures of decolonization in art and community. They imagine a world where colonization hasn’t disrupted the civilization of Black and Indigenous people and representation hasn’t been skewed in favor of the colonial project.
Michael Khuth is an interdisciplinary artist interested in image-making as a means to explore Khmer-American identity, queerness, femininity, and familial memory. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Macalester College. He is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Generation Magazine (@generation__magazine), an art publication dedicated to amplifying the voices of various generations throughout the Khmer diaspora. Realizing Generation Magazine continues to inform his understanding of the capacity for curators, artists, and communities to reshape and reimagine art spaces that reflect themselves. Through ECI’s fellowship exhibition, Seaing & Seeing, he hopes to curate familiarity and comfortability in order to forge a space that cherishes the voices of Southeast Asian artists and communities.
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.
Read an interview with Alexandra Buffalohead.
Read more about her exhibition, Revitalizing Symbols.
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 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.
Read more about her curatorial project, We Are New Again.
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.
Read an interview with Xochi de la Luna.
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.
Read an interview with Gabby Coll.
Read an interview with Adrienne Doyle.
View their public art exhibition, Burn Something.