Oglethorpe grad named Artist in Residence at Studio Museum in Harlem

Studio art and film alumna Sable Elyse Smith ’11 will have the honor of being an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem for 2018 during its 50th anniversary year. Smith’s work is currently on view in the Studio Museum’s exhibition “Fictions”.

Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Latino descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported over one hundred graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers.

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Sable Elyse Smith

Sable is is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator whose practice considers memory and trauma, working from the archive of her own body to mark the difference between witnessing and watching. She has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, Eyebeam, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Her work has also been screened at Birkbeck Cinema in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, and MoMA Ps1, New York.

Her writing has been published in Radical Teacher, Selfish, Studio Magazine and with Recess Art’s Critical Writing Fellowship. She is currently working on her first book. Sable has received grants and fellowships from Creative Capital, the Queens Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and Art Matters. She received the 2017 Emerging Artist Grant in New York City from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

After receiving her B.A. from Oglethorpe in 2011, Sable earned an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons the New School for Design.

Sable’s video, “How We Tell Stories to Children,” is on exhibit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, January 11 – February 4, 2018.

Sable Elyse Smith Identity from Parsons Scholars on Vimeo.


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