Webinar | The Artist as Witness:
A conversation with New England BIPOC artists on
Sunday March 14, 3:00-4:30 pm
Artists explore terrains that are brutal and beautiful, joyful and unjust. Their art is the mark of a culture for future historians. During this unprecedented time, this local group of BIPOC artists are adding their fingerprint to those who have come before them and weaving old traditions with new technology.
Join artists Jess Brown, Sharif Muhammad, Ashley Page, and Juniper Creative’s Jennifer Herrera Condry and Will Kasso Condry as they discuss heritage, celebrating Black joy, exposing police violence, and reclaiming lost art forms. The panel will be moderated by author Jennifer Mancuso and art director Lori Pedrick.
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Jennifer Mancuso holds an MFA in Writing from The New Hampshire Institute of Art. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Becoming an Event Planner, is a member of the Boston Writers of Color, contributor to the Growing Up Girl Project, and writer for Art New England. Raised in the shadow of the Boston Busing Crisis, she is completing a set of novels based on her experience growing up biracial while passing. Jennifer spends most of her time being a single mom to two daughters and volunteering.
Lori Pedrick is an award-winning Art Director, photographer, and designer with 20+ years of experience in publishing. Lori is the Art Director for Art New England magazine and the founder of Lori Pedrick Creative Services, LLC, a design and photography studio in Peterborough, NH. In 2017, Lori received her MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art with a focus in photography. Her thesis series titled Growing Up Girl is a collaborative project comprised of a series of female-based portraits accompanied by personal essays written by her subjects.
Meet the Artists
Sharif Muhammad is a Boston-based educator, family man, and artist who picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2011 and realized that he never wanted to put it down. He currently specializes in digital portraiture using an iPad Pro. His artistic purpose is to empower and exalt black and brown people and exemplify their beauty and brilliance. As an introvert, Sharif has found that art enables him to express feelings that he never would have expressed verbally, particularly those related to the Black experience in America. sharifmuhammad.com
Ashley Page is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Portland, ME. As a maker, woman of color, community organizer, little sister, and daughter, she creates space for dialogue, intergenerational exchange, and creative expression. She is the Studio and Programs Coordinator at Indigo Arts Alliance. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and a Minor in Public Engagement from Maine College of Art (MECA). In spring 2020, she was awarded the Heart and Soul Student Award by Maine Campus Compact for her D.E.I work as a student at MECA. https://ashleypagestudio.com/
Will Kasso Condry of Juniper Creative Arts is a renowned visual artist, graffiti scholar, and educator. For over 20 years, Will’s public art initiatives and civic engagement have helped vulnerable and fractured communities come together to creatively solve issues that affect their neighborhoods and everyday lives. Kasso studied fine art and illustration at The College of New Jersey as a first-generation college student. He furthered his education in the art of aerosol painting with the mentorship of legendary graffiti artist Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins and then in large-scale mural production under the tutelage of Dave McShane at Mural Arts Philadelphia. http://linktr.ee/junipercreative
Jennifer Herrera Condry of Juniper Creative Arts facilitates creative placemaking to foster community-building, personal expression, and healing. She worked for 22 years as a student affairs professional with a focus on multicultural student success before leaving to focus on building Juniper Creative Arts. She holds a Masters of Art in Spanish linguistics from the Middlebury Language Schools and a B.F.A in art history and business from Hunter College. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Jennifer is the daughter of Dominican immigrants. https://linktr.ee/junipercreative