About

KAMARIA SHEPHERD

 

Born August 5, 1991 in Houston, Texas.

Lives and studies in Los Angeles.

 

I am an MFA candidate in Painting and Drawing at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I have a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a concentration in Literary Arts. 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

 

2018 (Anticipated) - University of California (UCLA), MFA Painting and Drawing

2015 - Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), BFA Painting, Literary Arts Concentration

2014 - European Honors Program, RISD, Rome, Italy

2014 - Tyler School of Art Summer Painting Intensive, Philadelphia, PA

2012 - Ox-Bow School of Art, Glass, Saugatuck, MI

2008 - Diploma with Visual Arts Concentration, Visual Arts Teaching Certification, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011-2013 - El Centro de Corazon Clinic, Houston, TX             

2008 - Martel Scholar Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

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

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017- Open Studios,Warner Studios,

Culver City, California

2016 - Open Studios, Warner Studios, Culver City, California

2016 - Open Studios, Warner Studios, Culver City, California

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

2015

2014 - 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

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

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

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

2010 - Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine, Santa Ana, Honduras

2008 - The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Senior Show Exhibition, Houston, TX

AWARDS

 

2015-17 - Resnick Scholarship

2015-17 - D’Arcy Hayman Scholarship

2015-17 - Webster Art Scholarship

2015-17 - UCLA Graduate Department of 2015-17Art Scholarship

2015-17 - Art TA Fellowship

2014 - Tyler School of Art Summer Painting Intensive Scholarship

2014 - European Honors Program Scholarship

2012 - Ox-Bow School of Art Fellowship Student

2010 - University of Rhode Island Summer Writing Conference Scholarship

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

2008-2014 - Rhode Island School of Design Merit Scholarship

 

 

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