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Sharita Towne

Portland, OR

Sharita Towne is an multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Portland, OR, born and raised on the west coast of the U.S. along Interstate 5—from Salem, OR, to Tacoma, WA and down to Sacramento, CA. She is interested in engaging local and global Black geographies, histories, and possibilities. She is also known as “Mariah Carrie Mae Weems,” one-fourth of the post-colonial conceptual karaoke band Weird Allan Kaprow. Towne holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Studies & Art, an MFA from Portland State University in Contemporary Art Practices, and teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

UNTITLED (Black Wanderings, Reckonings and Reveries)


Sharita Towne is an transdisciplinary artist and educator based in Portland, OR, born and raised on the west coast of the U.S. along Interstate 5—from Salem, OR, to Tacoma, WA and down to Sacramento, CA.

Artist Bio

UNTITLED (Black Wanderings, Reckonings and Reveries) is a multimedia homage that merges a bird’s-eye view of Black life and radical geography with on-the-ground conversations among Black folks whose work is rooted in place, historical memory, and future possibility. The artist will work locally and diasporically to develop an exhibition that brings together archival research, family narrative, oral history, print, video, public art and intervention, and build collaborations that support a growing network of community artists and research spaces that weave Black collective imagination into cities and landscapes.

Award Year
2019
Status

In Progress