EDUCATION: MFA Painting, 2012, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BFA Fiber & Materials, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. EXHIBITIONS: Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY; Sullivan Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Threewalls Gallery, Chicago; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI; Various intervention performance sites including Frieze, NY; Armory Show, NY, Art Basel Miami, and Expo Chicago. SELECTED BIOGRAPHY: "Street Style: Frieze Edition", Refinery29; "Motown Leaders Envision a New Paradise Valley: Enclave to Showcase Black Culture", The Associated Press. LECTURES + WRITINGS: "The Great Good Place" publication, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL; "Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art" Artist Talk, Chicago, IL; "Race and Anthropology" studio guest panelist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I'd like to think that my propensity for multidisciplinary materials and methods are extended through the tasks I put forward to my students. In maintaining a focused artistic goal, it's important to me that they have more than one tool to meet a creative challenge.
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Shonna Pryor’s work addresses identity, politics, and sociocultural narrative through the lens of critical food themes and its peripheral objects and concepts. Pryor is currently exploring reclaimed dinner tablecloths in relationship to its communicative nature—both physically and symbolically. She considers the tablecloth to be a storytelling archive that captures and absorbs history, memories, and experiences as much as it does latent foodstuff. Pryor activates her reclaimed tablecloths in family and community-engaged dinner settings where real or imagined sentence fragments inspire the works' titles. The tablecloths are ultimately transformed into conceptual paintings inspired by Afrofuturist aesthetics pointing back to reflections on 'kitchen table talk', or stories and dialogue that could only conceive in contemplation of its own particular history.
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