KAMARIA SHEPHERD    she/her/hers

 

Born August 5, 1991 in Houston, Texas.

Based in Los Angeles.

Member of Level Ground artist collective. 

My work subtly revolves around issues of identity, memory, race, culture, womanhood, and femininity as an African American woman in the United States and beyond while the pieces themselves wave between minimal and excess, bold and subtle, loud and intimate, to speak or not to speak. I simultaneously write about my work and the thoughts surrounding the processes of my work in a hybrid of poems, personal narratives, and short stories. I use found materials such as clothing, bath rugs, and pearl earrings, giving citation to the presence of a body, a female, domesticity. I make paintings as objects, sculptures, or painted sculptural paintings. My sculptural paintings are called play-doh's and are installed in ways where they make connections or conversations with each other while representing their own distinct personalities, like the parts of a person. Thus, each piece can be shown in a group installation or individually like a second grader ready to present for show-and-tell. They perform.

CV

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles, 2018 

MFA Painting + Drawing 

Rhode Island School of Design, 2015      

BFA Painting

Literary Arts Concentration

European Honors Program, Rome, Italy

WORK

Printmaking Instructor, Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF), San Pedro Art Center, 2019-2022 + South LA Art Center, 2022

Altadena Arts, Aveson School of Leaders, Teaching Artist + Curriculum Writer, Altadena, CA, 2022

Commissioned Installation Artist, Possible Productions, The L Word GQ, Showtime, Los Angeles, CA, 2021

UCLA Teaching Assistantships

  • Advanced Printmaking, 2017-18

  • Beginning Drawing, 2017

  • Beginning Painting, 2016

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

She Learned Herself Awake, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2021

Frogtown Art Walk, The L Word GQ (Showtime), Los Angeles, CA, 2021

Etchings, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, San Pedro, CA, 2019

El Centro de Corazon Clinic, Houston, TX, 2011-13  Martel Scholar Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, 2008

Houston Independent School District, Administrative Headquarters Lobby, Houston, TX, 2008

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Mixed Methodologies, WIRWIR gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2022 upcoming

Art on Slauson, SoCal Contemporary x Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA, 2022 upcoming

Black Heritage Exhibition, Gallery Azul, San Pedro, CA, 2020

The Shape of Support, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2020

Doesn’t Whine By Blue Moon(show + reading), Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2020

Soft Shadows, Chen’s, Brooklyn, NY, 2018

Vermont Studio Center, Open Studios, Johnson, VT, 2018

ARC I, Navel, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Every Unlikely Story, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

New Work, New Release Gallery, New York, NY

SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA, 2018

UCLA MFA #1, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Black Light, Otis Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

MFA 2018 Preview Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

Academic Conference for English Students (ACES), Poetry Reading & Panel, 2017 

Self-Curated, UCLA Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

Graduate Open Studios, UCLA Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 2015-18

Senior Degree Project Exhibition, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, 2015        

Hot Box, Ice Box, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

Palazzetto Cenci, Rhode Island School of Design, Rome, Italy, 2014

Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome, Italy, 2014

Tiny Biennale, Temple University, Rome Campus, Rome, Italy, 2014

Group Gallery Exhibition, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI, 2012

Fellowship Student Exhibition, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI, 2012

Painting Departmental Exhibition, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2010

Martel Scholar Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, 2010

READINGS + SONIC INSTALLATIONS

Art on Slauson, SoCal Contemporary x Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA, 2022 upcoming

Writers on the Rise reading series-online, Vermont Studio Center, Johnston, VT, 2021

City Speaks 4, NewTown Arts, Pasadena, CA, 2020-2021

Doesn’t Whine By Blue Moon(show + reading), Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2020

ARC I, Navel, Arts Research Collective, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Every Unlikely Story (show + reading), Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

AWARDS

Writers on the Rise Honorarium, Rona Jaffe Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, 2021        

City Speaks 4 Honorarium, NewTown Pasadena Foundation, 2020

UCLA Toby Fund Prize, 2018

Swan Fellowship, 2018

John Baldessari Family Foundation Scholarship, 2017

Westfield Scholarship for Emerging Artists, 2017

Resnick Scholarship, 2015-17

D’Arcy Hayman Scholarship, 2015-17

Webster Art Scholarship, 2015-17

UCLA Graduate Department of Art Scholarship, 2015-17

Art TA Fellowship, 2015-17

Tyler School of Art Summer Painting Intensive Scholarship, 2014 

European Honors Program Scholarship, 2014 

Ox-Bow School of Art Fellowship Student, 2012 

University of Rhode Island Summer Writing Conference Scholarship, 2010 

Dean’s List, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2008-2014 

Rhode Island School of Design Merit Scholarship, 2008-2014

RESIDENCIES

Printmaking Artist Residency, Frans Masereel Centrum,Kasterlee, Belgium, 2022 upcoming

Picture Berlin Hybrid online Spring Session, Berlin, Germany, 2022

Poetry, Politics, and Embodiment Online,

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AB, Canada, 2021

Summer Writers Residency Online,

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AB, Canada, 2021

Vermont Studio Center Residency, Poetry, Johnston, VT, 2018

PUBLICATIONS

Shepherd, Kamaria. “Mega Magenta’s Tortured Throne.” SKEW 03: digital hub, Level Ground, Los Angeles, November 2021.

Shepherd, Kamaria. Record of Creative Work. Los Angeles, University of California, 2018.