Each year, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America hosts a cohort of Practitioner Fellows--a skilled group of artists, media makers, and writers whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and indigeneity in the United States. Over the course of the Spring semester, fellows convene for weekly workshops where they grow in their varied artistic practices through the exchange of multidisciplinary feedback. Practitioner Fellows from the 2022 cohort have earned awards from prestigious programs like Yaddo and MacDowell, and have exhibited their work at world-class institutions like MASS MoCA, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Hammonds House, and more. Fellows' writings have appeared in both NPR and The New Yorker, and won numerous book prizes. Together, they comprise a formidable group that uses their creativity to discover and express the most pressing issues of race and ethnicity.
Installation view of Helina Metaferia's 2021-2022 solo exhibition, Generations, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Each fellow joined Acting Director Stéphanie Larrieux for an interview about their history, creative process, and how their experiences of race and ethnicity influence their work. These generative conversations revealed the persistence of the creative spirit despite difficult times, the role of art as activism, and the power of shared expression. All of the interviews are available on our YouTube channel.
Practitioner Fellow Alan Pelaez Lopez in the interview studio.