KHADIJA NIA ADELL
BORN Miami, FL
LIVES & WORKS Baltimore, MD
2015 BFA, Interdisciplinary Sculpture & Art History, Magna Cum Laude, Maryland Institute
College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
Coursework: Newer Genres; Metal fabrication; Woodwork; Fibers; Video; B&W Photography; Social Practice. Islamic Art History; African Art; 20th Century Latin American Art; Critical Inquiry.
2014 BFA Spring Semester Abroad, Studio Art Centers International (SACI), Florence, Italy
Coursework: Ceramics; Museology; Independent Studio; Italian Language
2011 Diploma, Cum Laude, Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH), Miami, FL
Coursework: Fashion Design & Construction; Fine Art
2015 Distant Histories, MICA Senior Commencement Thesis Exhibition, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2011 Beginning, Walgreens Window Gallery, Organized by the Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 We Got Next: Young Contemporaries, The Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Washington, D.C. Curated by Deirdre Darden.
CASA, Art of Caring Auction, Area 405, Baltimore, MD
Alchemical Vessels: OUR COMMON BOND, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington, D.C. Published in exhibition catalog.
Art Market at Artscape, MICA Brown Center, Baltimore, MD
2017 14th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party, American University’s Katzen Arts Center Washington, DC
37th Annual Auction Gala, Washington Projects for the Arts, Washington, DC. Published in Catalogue.
2016 BLK LUV, Penthouse Gallery, Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Baltimore, MD. Artist and co-curator.
Objects of Construction, SpaceCamp Gallery, SNAED, Baltimore, MD
2014 Female Matters, Box Studio, Shoreditch, London, UK
SACI Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Palazzo Dei Cartelloni, Florence, Italy
Independent Studio Showcase, Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, Florence, Italy
2013 Powerhouse, Process Collective, Penthouse Gallery SNAED, Baltimore, MD
2011 Open House, The Catch Collective, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL
Strength in Numbers, The Catch Collective, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL
Beginning, Walgreens Window Gallery, Miami, FL. Commissioned by the Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
15X4, Traveling Exhibition, Miami, FL/ West Palm Beach, FL/ Interlochen, MI/ NewOrleans, LA
2017 Black Man in a Black World, Co-curator, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD
BLK LUV II, EMP Collective, BALTI GURLS. Co-Curator (juried exhibit).
David Carlson: Paradigms of Structure and Change, Curator, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD
2016 BLK LUV, Penthouse Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Co-Curator.
PRIVATE & PERSONAL COLLECTIONS
Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Washington, DC
Krystal Mack, Baltimore, MD
Jenny Hanh, Washington, D.C.
William Flowers, Baltimore, MD
Adelle Carlton, Miami, FL
Laura Waddell, Kendall Park, NJ
SELECT FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS & CERTIFICATES
2017 Exchange Residency: Baltimore, Artist’s Fellowship, Elsewhere Museum & Artists Residency, Greensboro, NC (Awarded. Could not attend)
2016 Citation from the Office of Maryland Senator Mikulski
GBCA Certificate of Completion for Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship Program
Artistic Recognition, Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
GRIT Fund Grant, The Contemporary, BALTI GURLS Collective & True Laurels, Baltimore, MD
15-16 Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Urban Arts Leadership Fellow, Baltimore, MD
2015 MICA Graduating Student Leaders, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, MD
MICA Office of Diversity Benefit Fashion Show Grant
11-15 MICA Dean’s List Fall/Spring Semester
Ruth Jenkins Bristor Scholarship (MICA); Fanny B. Thalheimer Scholarship (MICA);
Foundation Recognition Scholarship (MICA)
10-11 National Art Honors Society
PUBLIC SPEAKING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2018 Artist Talk, Professional Development for Visual Artists, MICA, Baltimore, MD.
WTF is New Media?, Presenter, “Black Imagination and New Media,” moderated by Katie Duffy, Terrault Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2018 Baltimore Artist Retreat, Executive Producer, July 13th-15th, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD.
BALTI GURLS, Artist-in-Residence, Stevenson University, Pikesville, MD. Panel discussion “A Look: Black Womyn, Social Media, and the Reshaping of Black Aesthetics” moderated by Bilphena Yahwon. Lecture and Studio visits with the Senior Capstone and Aesthetics Art and Design students.
May 2018 Damsels in Distress: Black Edge Wall Sculptures, Artists Talk, Guest Panelist, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD. Anna U. Davis moderated by Myrtis Bedolla, Founder & Director of Galerie Myrtis. Including guest panelists Saida Agostini, poet, advocate and movement builder, and Chief Operating Officer for FORCE; and Khadija Nia Adell, multimedia artist, curator, arts administrator, and Assistant to the Director, Galerie Myrtis.
November 2017 Black Man in a Black World, “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” film screening and discussion. Hosted by Khadija Nia Adell, co-curator, and Sterling Warren, Curator of Film.
October 2017 Black Man in a Black World, Artist’s Talk, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD.
BALTI GURLS Artist’s Presentation, "Talking about Art & Design," MFA ELL presentation, Lazarus Auditorium, MICA, Baltimore, MD. October 2017.
North Avenue Knowledge Exchange Presentation & Visual Artist’s Talk. Invited by Director of MA programs in Cultural Sustainability and Management; and the MA and MFA in Digital Arts Departments of Goucher College, Impact Hub & Johns Hopkins University-MICA Film Centre, Baltimore, MD. July 2017.
Constitution Day Symposium, Panelist, “Educating for a Democratic Society,” Falvey Hall (MICA), Baltimore, MD. September 2017. Organized by Colette R. Veasey-Cullors.
GBCA UALP Alumni Panel, Baltimore, MD. September 2017.
Interview with Sterling Warren (audio). “Preserve The Baltimore Uprising Archive Project,” Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD.
2016 MAMI MARKET, BALTI GURLS (co-curators and presenter), The Knockdown Center, Queens, NY: Hosted a discussion on the existence of “safe-spaces” and the challenges and triumphs of organizing along lines of intersectional identity.
Artists Presentation, The Contemporary Museum, Inaugural Artists Retreat, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD
GBCA Donor Event, UALP Cohort Representative & Speaker, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
URL vs. IRL, BALTI GURLS Collective Panel, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD
PMF, If I Ruled the World, Publication Panelist, Baltimore Design School, Baltimore, MD. Contributor.
BALTI GURLS Collective in Conversation, Impact Hub, Baltimore, MD
Facilitator, Sexuality Workshop for First Time Monologues, MICA, Baltimore, MD
Artist Talk, Electronic Media & Culture, MICA, Baltimore, MD
12-15 MICA Student Panelist for Judicial Hearing Board, Baltimore, MD
2015 UALP 2015-2016 Cohort Representative, Aspen Institute, MICA, Baltimore, MD
MICA Women’s Leadership Retreat, Enoch Pratt Library, Central Branch, Baltimore, MD
2013 DASH, College Panel, Miami, FL, January.
MICA Career Development Webinar, Baltimore, MD.
2016-2017 Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, D.C.
ImpactHub, Baltimore, MD
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
14-pres. Founding Member, BALTI GURLS, Women of Color Arts Collective, Exhibitions, Projects & Event Program Coordinator, Baltimore, MD
12-13 Process Collective, Exhibiting Arts Collective, Baltimore, MD
10-11 The Catch Collective, Exhibiting Arts Collective, Miami, FL
2016 BmoreArt Magazine. Commissioned two illustrations for featured internal article. Baltimore, MD; New York, NY.
Hyrsteria. Cover Art and Internal Illustration, Baltimore, MD; New York City, NY
PUBLICATIONS & WRITING
2018 Fired Up! Ready to Go! Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, by Peggy Cooper Cafritz, with contributions by Thelma Golden, Kerry James Marshall, Simone Leigh, Uri McMillan, Jack Shainman, and Hank Willis Thomas (Rizzoli Electa, 288 pages). Published Feb. 20, 2018. Featured on pg. 249.
Alchemical Vessels: 118 Artists Explore OUR COMMON THREAD, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, (c) 2018.
2016 If I Ruled The World, Project Collaborator, Writer, and Artist, PressPress, Baltimore, MD
15-16 True Laurels, Contributing Arts & Culture Writer, online, Baltimore, MD
2015 Interdisciplinary Sculpture, Thesis Catalogue, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2014 Motherlands Zine, Issue No.1, Contributing Artist, online
2016 City Paper, October Fall Arts Issue, Cover Story, “Balti Gurls on Guerrilla Gurls, Women,
Race, and the Arts”, Baltimore, MD, pictured.
Baltimore Magazine, Gurl Power: Arts collective builds community for creative women of color, Baltimore, MD, pictured.
Baltimore Magazine, Best of Baltimore, “Best Collective”
Heritage News, Baltimore National Heritage Area, letter from Jeff Buccheit, Executive
Director, Review of “With These Hands” Artifacts of the Enslaved People of Mount Clare”
opening exhibition at the Baltimore Visitor’s Center, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
City Paper, “Zine Roundup: Reviews of Recent DIY Publications around Baltimore,” Baltimore, MD
Bmore Art, If I Ruled the World Chapter 1, PressPress, Baltimore, MD
City Paper, PMF VII Picks, “If I Ruled the World,”PressPress, Baltimore, MD
Bmore Art, February Allover Street, “Objects of Construction” & “Balti Gurls, BLK LUV,” Baltimore, MD
City Paper, PMF VII Picks, Balti Gurls, Baltimore, MD
i-D Magazine, “Balti Gurls are unpicking the politics of Black Women in Art,” London, UK
The Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore art collective Balti Gurls tackles issues of race and gender head-on,”, Baltimore, MD
2015 Dazed Digital, “Our Favorite All-Girl Art Collectives,” London, UK
BmoreArt, Arts & Culture Journal, “How do we begin to heal? A Letter from Khadija Nia Adell,” on True Laurels, Featured in Feature Story: “Top 25 Moments of 2015” by Kimi Hanauer.
Feb. 2018- present Program Manager, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Jan. 2017-Feb 2018. North Avenue Knowledge Exchange (NAKE), Program Coordinator, Baltimore, MD. Primary point person to plan and implement all aspects of the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange, funded through an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Partnership between MICA, Station North Arts & Entertainment District, and Red Emma’s Bookstore & Coffeehouse.
January 2018- June 2018 Galerie Myrtis, Assistant to the Director, Baltimore, MD Continued gallery assistant duties and contributed to artist roster selection.
January 2016- December 2018 Galerie Myrtis, Gallery Assistant & Sales Associate, Baltimore, MD. Assisting with the daily management of the gallery, including but not limited to: sales; art historical research and writing; operating marketing, social media platforms, and online sales; maintaining client paperwork and documentation of sales; shipping and receiving artwork; exhibition preparation and layout; image editing and manipulation; digital and analog file management; traveling to art auctions and art fairs; organizing exhibition programming and facilitating openings and formal events; curating and artist development.
October 2015- August 2016 Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship Program (UALP), Baltimore, MD: February 2016- August 2016: Mayoral Fellowship position with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Baltimore, the Department of Planning’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, and Baltimore National Heritage Area. Worked as an Independent Curator: researching, developing, and planning a physical and online exhibition for the Mount Clare artifact collection—With these Hands: Artifacts of the Enslaved People at Mount Clare. Baltimore Visitors Center,
July- late August 2015 Curatorial Intern, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts, Dr. Amy Landau, Islamic & South Asian Art, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.