Khadija Nia Adell
is a multimedia artist, arts administrator, and independent curator born and raised in Miami, FL, based in Baltimore, MD. Adell graduated magna cum laude from Maryland Institute College of Art (15’) with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Art History. Adell creates work that investigates her connection as a queer black body to the African diaspora through a multifaceted practice--engaging collage, digital manipulation, fiber, printmaking, performance, sculpture, photography, and writing. Their work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; London (UK); Florence (IT); and in publications in Baltimore and New York.
In 2018 her work was included in the publication Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz.
A founding member of the Baltimore based arts collective Balti Gurls [City Paper, Baltimore Magazine, Dazed Digital (UK), i-D Magazine (UK)], Adell has collaboratively curated events with the intention of providing safer creative space and social platform for black womxn and queer identifying artists of color in Baltimore.
From 2015-2016, Adell was an arts fellow in the Urban Arts Leadership Program, led by Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), where she curated the exhibition With These Hands: Artifacts of the Enslaved People at Mount Clare--an artifact based exploration of the colonial plantation as a black landscape, through centering the narratives and material traces of those enslaved by the Carroll family at Mount Clare. Her fellowship was hosted by the Baltimore City's Mayor's Office, Baltimore National Heritage Area, the Baltimore City Department of Historic and Architectural Preservation.
She is the former Program Coordinator for the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange (2017), a free community-based education programming series funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Maryland Institute College of Art; Station North Arts and Entertainment District; Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse; and other Baltimore City institutions, organizations, and community members along North Avenue and the surrounding areas. From 2016-2018 she worked as gallery assistant, and Assistant to the Director at Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore,MD), a black owned commercial fine art gallery. Khadija is currently the Program Manager for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation (Baltimore, MD), a philanthropic foundation with a focus on supporting the arts & culture, technology, science, education, and social justice--invested in supporting innovative people, ideas, and projects in Baltimore City. Her recent projects include being Executive Producer of the 2018 Baltimore Artist Retreat.
Photo Credit: Akea Brown