Centering Artists of The African Diaspora: INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANY AUTTRIANNA WARD (EP #5)

For the episode #5 of AW CLASSROOM, we virtually sit with curator and founder of the Mare Residency, Tiffany Auttrianna Ward, who focuses her work on artists of the African Diaspora and those of marginalized communities.

Tiffany Auttrianna Ward is an independent curator and cultural producer based between Baltimore and New York. In 2019 she founded Mare Residency, a roving residency with a focus on supporting and connecting artists of African descent between the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. In its inaugural year Ward partnered with SunSpot sTudios to host Baltimore-born artist Jerrell Gibbs and Dominican-American artist Raelis Vasquez in a two-week residency created to highlight and connect artists to the city of Baltimore. Recent awards include the Intercultural Development Grant, MICA/MFA Graduate Merit Scholarship, Leslie King Hammond Graduate Fellowship, and the MICA Graduate Research Development Grant. At MICA, she served as a Graduate Studies Curatorial Fellow and the student representative in the Vice Provost Search Committee. During the past ten years, Ward has centered the stories of the African Diaspora through her academic and professional pursuits, which have taken her to Brazil, Puerto Rico, and throughout the continental United States. From 2015-2018, she ran a bilingual Portuguese and English online journal, Cores Brilhantes—a contemporary online space for Afro-Brazilian art. Since founding the journal, she has also been a contributing writer for AFROPUNK and Sugarcane Magazine as well as assisted artists from across the diaspora with public relations and marketing support. She is a 2020 MFA Curatorial Practice graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She received her BA in History from Manhattanville College in 2011 with a focus on African Diasporic Studies.

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@auttrianna and @mareresidency on IG

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