Curators, Contributors, & Sponsors
Learn more about the individuals and organizations that have worked to bring this exhibition to life!
Khaleelah I. L. Harris - Co-Curator | Scholar & Founder of Small Nation Photographs and Small Nation Exhibitions
Khaleelah I. L. Harris (Palm Beach, FL) is a master's student at Howard University's History Department and a 2021 graduate of Divinity School. Her research investigates the project of identity formation/self-making and taste-making practices for upper/middle class Black Women of the late 19th and early 20th century, nuancing the ways in which these particular acts determine how this group of Black Women enacted beautiful experiments with their lives. Harris is also a Du Boisian Scholar and studies African American Freethought. She is a semi-professional found photo collage artist and centers her involvement in the arts world around curatorial work with visual art exhibits that create visual narratives for her research. Her research interests for college art include African-American Women's Religious Experience, African-American Women's Social Clubs/Organizations, Historically Black Colleges; Southern Life and Beauty Culture.
Teri Henderson - Co-Curator | Founder of @BlackCollageArtists
Teri Henderson (b. Fort Worth, TX, 1990) is a curator, co-director of WDLY, and staff writer. Henderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Christian University. She formerly held a curatorial internship at Ghost Gallery in Seattle, Washington. During that time she also helped launch the social media campaign for the non-profit access to justice platform PopUpJustice!. She also previously served as the Art Law Clinic Director for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts. She was published in the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Her work as co-director of WDLY addresses shrinking the gap between the spaces that contemporary artists of color inhabit and the resources of the power structures of the art world through the curation and artistic production of events. She is also the Gallery Coordinator for Connect+Collect Gallery. In her work as a staff writer for BmoreArt she highlights the voices of Black, brown, queer and non-traditional artists and creatives. She is also the founding director of Black Collagists, an arts incubator designed to research and collect the work of Black collage artists internationally.
Robert Newman III/ Submissions Judge & Mixed Media Artist - @rxbart
Robert Newman III is a 2014 Morehouse Graduate, from Little Rock, AR. Currently, Newman is working in NYC as an AVP at the investment management company Neuberger Berman in their Equity Inclusion and Diversity department. Outside of the office he spends a majority of his time working as a freelance Artist, doing exhibitions in galleries across New York City and serving the community through various mentoring and arts based non-profits. Newman sits on the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts and is also known for his work as the Co-Founder of Words on Whites, an arts & advocacy initiative; and Silent Renaissance, an organization dedicated to bringing people together and promoting black art.
Megan Dorsey/ Antique & Ephemera Dealer/Collector - @circantiques, @circaphotos
Megan Dorsey With an affinity for art history and antiques since she was very young, Megan has continued to pursue this passion with immersing herself in the art and antiques world, which most recently include Chicago based auction house, Hindman Auctioneers and the Racine Art Museum where she aided in researching and installing works of art. She has also used her strong writing skills and expertise in art history to identify and write detailed descriptions of items for sale at local businesses and auction houses. Megan has a B.A. in Art History and is currently a 2nd grade teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her collection focus is Black photos and ephemera. She believes in preserving Black history and encourages Black families to hold on to their precious photos, letters, journals, yearbooks, etc. for a stronger sense of self and purpose.
Tanzy Ward Dedicated to historic preservation and education, Tanzy Ward is a passionate antique dealer, book author, jewelry historian, and antiquarian. She began her journey as a business owner, specializing in the preservation of antique heirlooms at Zanathia Jewelry. Her keen interest in antiques and history has helped her gain extensive knowledge in the antique industry, which includes writing content on various historical events that are directly related to the decorative arts field. Her expertise and focus includes Victorian Era and early 20th century historical collectibles. A graduate of the Asheford Institute of Antiques, Tanzy earned her certification in antiques, collectibles, & appraising. She is a proud member of the Asheford Associate Membership Program & The American Society Of Jewelry Historians. Her love and fascination for various antiques and history have helped her gain knowledge and insight into historical collectibles. She seeks to educate, learn, and share her passion for history and antiques with others.