Julea Seliavski (They/Them) holds a BFA in Sculpture from VCU. Julea is a performance artist and activist-oriented curator. Their work centers systems of care that focus on audience collaboration. As a curator, Julea seeks to de-institutionalize the role, opening up space for collaboration when bringing awareness and posing solutions to social issues. Their thesis is centered on revamping the National Slavic Museum to create a sustainable space for preserving the history of Slavic people on the East Coast and Baltimore City. Julea plans to continue their work as curator of the National Slavic Museum for the re-opening in May 2022, and will continue their studies by attending Law School in Fall 2022.
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Yéjidé Washington (She/Her) is a Baltimore native, emerging curator, and fiber artist. She earned her BA in History from University of Maryland Global Campus. In addition to completing a research internship at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Yéjidé served as the Contemporary Art Curatorial Intern at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2020—preparing for Joyce J. Scott's upcoming retrospective. She recently co-curated Rooted at the National Slavic Museum and is currently working on her thesis exhibition, Woven: Art, Craft, and Healing, which will open at Gallery CA in June 2022. Yéjidé's research and professional goals are to develop new tools for treating mental health through engagement with fiber arts and to establish a community-driven gallery in Baltimore.
Nia Aloia Ricks (She/They) is a painter, educator, and curator from Winston-Salem, NC. In 2016, she received her BFA in Painting from Winthrop University. She discovered curating during her undergraduate studies and was immediately drawn to the curator’s ability to inspire creativity, spark conversations, and ultimately bring people together. In 2015, Nia curated Self Portraits: A Collaboration at Winthrop University Galleries, an exhibition and prompt for artists to explore the endless possibilities of self-portraiture. Nia worked as an elementary art educator from 2017–2020 and continued to strengthen her skills in facilitating, leading, and engaging others through art. In the Curatorial Practice graduate program at MICA, Nia wants to find ways to meaningfully connect her passions in teaching, uplifting marginalized people, and supporting local and global communities. Her current research is centered on the history and role of Black hair in identity, politics, and popular culture.
Meg Klink (She/Her) is an artist, curator, activist, and newly, a slasher, working out of Baltimore, MD. Her personal practice challenges the complications and Westernized norms of the human body, gender, mental health, and aesthetics. Currently, her thesis work aims to deconstruct Western heteronormativity and re-establish human instinctive patterns of gender fluidity through the arts. Meg’s background in physics and art history combines her knowledge and passion from both of these fields to advance new forms of cultural production. During her time at Washington College, Meg assisted the Anthropology Department and Kohl Gallery through administrative work, research, and exhibition support. As a queer curator, she hopes to support the queer community by creating alternative platforms for social activism and expression.
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