About C. Davida Ingram

Seattle-based C. Davida Ingram employs a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to her art making. She is a social practice artist, philosopher, writer, filmmaker, activist, educator—with no distinct boundaries between any part of her work. As a conceptual artist, Ingram ‘s work creates counter-narratives about race and gender via social practice projects, performances, and installations. Her art explores desire, space, time and memory using blackness as its prism. Ingram is specifically interested in expanding inquiry-making around 21st century black female subjectivity. Her re-readings of gender, sexuality, economic class, and vernaculars re-conceive of what black female bodies and subjectivities might be and become.

Ingram received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master of arts degree from Bard College in the Center for Curatorial Studies. Among her many accolades since arriving in the Northwest, she won the 2014 Stranger Genius Award for Art and was named one of Seattle’s “Most Influential Seattleites” by Seattle Magazine in 2017.

Ingram has exhibited at the Greg Kucera Gallery, the University of Washington’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery, the Frye Art Museum for Genius/21Century/Seattle, and in Tacoma Art Museum’s recent NW Art Now. Her first one-person exhibition Eyes to Dream debuted at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. She has performed at the Cornish Playhouse and curated an exhibition for SOIL Gallery.

She also co-founded the Seattle People of Color Salon and is affiliated with Real Colored Girls of Seattle. She was also involved with Queer People of Color Liberation Project in Seattle and Video Machete in Chicago, among other projects.

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About Paul Stephen Benjamin

Paul Stephen Benjamin earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1988 and a master of fine arts degree from the Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in 2013.

He has recently exhibited at the Telfair Museum Jepson Center in Savannah, Georgia, the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and the High Museum of Art both in Atlanta. He has frequently exhibited at Georgia State University including the Digital Art and Entertainment Lab Window Project, the Welch Gallery, and the Rialto Center for the Arts.

Benjamin was a finalist for the 2018 Southern Prize by South Arts, one of the most prestigious awards in the Southeast. Among other awards, he also was a finalist for the Working Artist Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta and has received the Artadia Award, the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and the Diasporal Rhythms Artist Recognition Award.

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