Tia Simone-Gardner

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Ph.D. Feminist Studies // UMN Twin Cities
MFA Interdisciplinary Practices and Time-Based Media // University of Pennsylvania
BA Art and Art History // University of Alabama Birmingham
Started at JXTA in 2010



Tia-Simone Gardner is an artist, Black feminist scholar, and educator. Her creative practice engages drawing and photography through ideas of ritual, iconoclasm, and geography. Her work attempts to merge spliced together moments and images that speak to a politics of location, collapsing and expanding the time and space of everyday encounters with being and Blackness. Tia, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Time-Based Media from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.d. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. She has participated as Studio Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and held artists residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; IASPIS in Stockholm; and the Frank Mohr Institute of Art in the Netherlands. Tia is a 2016-2018 McKnight Visual Artist Fellow and a 2018 Visual Artist Fund recipient.

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