POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION AWARDS NSENGA KNIGHT $20,000 GRANT

New York, NY – May 12, 2019 – The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded Nsenga Knight a $20,000 grant during its 2018-2019 grant cycle. This year’s grantees and award recipients include artists from 18 states, Puerto Rico, and 17 countries. During its 2018-2019 grant cycle the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded $3,168,000 to 111 artists and 12 organizations .  The 124 grants provided invaluable support to national and international artists and not-for-profit organizations. These highly competitive grants provide critical professional support to artists around the globe, enabling them to create new work, offset living expenses, and prepare for exhibitions. The Foundation has also provided Emergency Relief Grants to artists affected by recent hurricanes and California wildfires. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded more than 4,510 grants in 77 countries, for a total of nearly $74 million.

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(l) Nsenga Knight, 2016, Plateau #1, 32 x 40 inches, archival inkjet print ; (r) Nsenga Knight, 2017, Plateau #2, 32 x 40 inches, archival inkjet print

With the support of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant Knight will complete a series of text-based paintings entitled Tawaf/ Sa’y and two large bodies of abstract print works—the Plateau and Chicken Scratch series. Her interdisciplinary work spans photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, installation and social practice. Unfolding across these media, and informed by her upbringing as a first-generation Black American Muslim woman, her work synthesizes influences from Islamic art, Western abstraction, and Black aesthetics.

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Nsenga Knight, 2013, Tawaf/ Sa’y series, 3 of 36 paintings 22.5 X 22.5 inches each, oil stick, olive oil, and gesso on vegetable parchment paper

“At the core of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s mission is fostering the work and development of artists, and our 2018-19 grant and award recipients highlight the impact we can have due to Lee Krasner’s legacy,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “In addition, through our support of institutions such as the Barbican Centre and their upcoming Lee Krasner retrospective and catalogue, and the Katonah Museum of Art’s exhibition of the work of Krasner and other women artists who participated in the groundbreaking 9th Street Show, we are continuing to advance much-needed scholarship.”

ABOUT NSENGA KNIGHT

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Nsenga Knight was born in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt and New York. She has exhibited work at the Drawing Center, New York, NY; Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Project Rowhouses, Houston, TX; Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Pennsylvania; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY; Amistad Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY; PS1 MoMA among others.

Knight has held artist residencies at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas, Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Film/Video Arts Center in New York, and was a BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Multimedia Artist in Resident in Brooklyn, NY. She was most recently a recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, and a recipient of a Durham Arts Council grant, Southern Constellations Fellowship, the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and Brooklyn Arts Council grants. From 2016-2017 Knight was an Open Sessions artist in resident at the Drawing Center in New York.  She earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production at Howard University.

ABOUT POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, a leading abstraction expressionist painter and spouse of Jackson Pollock. Based in New York and operating internationally, the Foundation’s grants enable artists to advance their practice. Recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have noted the generous and critical impact of this funding in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions.

To provide additional support to its grantees, the Foundation maintains an up to date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since 1985. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, visit the Foundation’s website: http://www.pkf.org.

Nsenga Knight featured in the 2019 Southern Constellations Exhibition

Make Safe, Make Space featured in the 2019 Southern Constellations Exhibition

at NC A&T University

Jan. 10th – Jan. 28th.

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Make Safe, Make Space, 2014 lithograph print series with sewn muslin and fabric bricks , Photo courtesy of Justin Perry and Smith Gallery

Make Safe, Make Space is featured at NC A&T University in the 2019 Southern Constellations Exhibition— a multi-media show highlighting the work of the Southern Constellations (SoCo) Fellowship program and curatorial initiative to extend experimental arts practices, networks, and dialogues in the South. Curated by Elsewhere in collaboration with past SoCo Fellow Jessica Gaynelle Moss, the show at A&T profiles selected works from the curatorial initiative.

Artists include Fellows Nikita Gale, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Maria Molteni, Charisse Weston, Cosmo WhyteAntoine WilliamsRachel DebuqueJana HarperMictlan Studios – izelvargas.com, Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand, Martha WhittingtonNsenga KnightNick Szuberla, Melissa Vanderburg, John Q, Andrew Raffo Dewar

The SoCo Exhibition opens on Jan. 10th and runs through Jan. 28th.

Nsenga Knight’s Make Safe, Make Space featured in the 2019 Southern Constellations Exhibition at NC A&T University Jan. 10th – Jan. 28th.

Make Safe, Make Space featured in the 2019 Southern Constellations Exhibition

at NC A&T University

Jan. 10th – Jan. 28th.

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Make Safe, Make Space, 2014 lithograph print series with sewn muslin and fabric bricks , Photo courtesy of Justin Perry and Smith Gallery

Make Safe, Make Space is featured at NC A&T University in the 2019 Southern Constellations Exhibition— a multi-media show highlighting the work of the Southern Constellations (SoCo) Fellowship program and curatorial initiative to extend experimental arts practices, networks, and dialogues in the South. Curated by Elsewhere in collaboration with past SoCo Fellow Jessica Gaynelle Moss, the show at A&T profiles selected works from the curatorial initiative.

Artists include Fellows Nikita Gale, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Maria Molteni, Charisse Weston, Cosmo WhyteAntoine WilliamsRachel DebuqueJana HarperMictlan Studios – izelvargas.com, Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand, Martha WhittingtonNsenga KnightNick Szuberla, Melissa Vanderburg, John Q, Andrew Raffo Dewar

The SoCo Exhibition opens on Jan. 10th and runs through Jan. 28th.

NSENGA KNIGHT: OTHER STARS, SOLO EXHIBITION | AUG. 17 – OCT 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NSENGA KNIGHT: OTHER STARS, SOLO EXHIBITION

KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE

AUG. 17 – OCT 11, 2018

and

EXHIBITION TALK WITH HALIMA TAHA

OCT. 9, 2018 6 pm

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Nsenga Knight, Other Stars Don’t Behave So, 2013  ink and wax drawing, 20 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist.

 

THOUSAND OAKS, CA, September 25, 2018Nsenga Knight: Other Stars, an exhibition of geometric drawings, text paintings, photographs and oral history recordings by Nsenga Knight will be on view at the Kwan Fong Gallery at California Lutheran University from August 17 – October 11, 2018. In conjunction with the Other Stars exhibition, art historian Halima Taha will present on the work of Knight in the context of the canon of African American artwork, with a focus on the overlapping influences of Western and Islamic abstraction in her work Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Ullman Conference Center 100/101 at CLU.

The exhibition includes a survey of Knight’s works from as early as 2007 such as As the Veil Turns her photography, video and oral history project on Black women in her hometown Brooklyn Muslim community who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered some of New York’s earliest still-existing mosques; and more recent works that place Malcolm X and Ali Shariati’s pilgrimage memoirs in sociological and formal conversation with Abū Rayḥān Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad Al-Bīrūnī’s 10th-century astronomical renderings.

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Nsenga Knight As the Veil Turns (Shameelah), 2007 Archival Inkjet Print, 30 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Each of my artistic projects is responding to my self-reflexive question: Who am I and what is my place in this world? My artworks exist as invitations to examine new possibilities that broaden our collective imaginations and challenge traditional boundaries of race, nationhood and religion. —Nsenga Knight

On October 9, 2018  Taha will present a discussion about Knight as a contemporary artist working in film, photography, paint,   and printmaking, exploring her place as an interdisciplinary artist whose visual statements are universal, yet part of the visual culture of the African Diaspora. Given the meteoric growth of art by artists of African descent in the worldwide market, Taha will discuss Knight’s presence within it and will highlight the market interest in work that provides insight into the global experience while ultimately provoking self-reflection.

Knight (b. 1981, Brooklyn, NY) has exhibited work at the Drawing Center, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, the New Museum for Contemporary Art and MoMA PS1. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and BA in Film from Howard University. She lives and works in Cairo, Egypt and New York.

Taha is a best-selling author, curator, appraiser and independent scholar. Taha is most well-known for her groundbreaking bestseller, Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas (Crown), the first book to validate African American art as a viable asset and commodity within the international marketplace; which created a new market for publications and exhibitions on African American art. Her work advocates the importance and value of collecting art made by American artists of African descent. She has degrees in Liberal Arts, Arts Management & Cultural Policy from Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. Currently, Taha is the President of TahaThinks,LLC, a company that provides art advisory, appraisal, collection management, and speaker services.

The Kwan Fong Gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at the California Lutheran University. Admission is free. The gallery is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Street parking is by permit 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking lots are located on Mountclef Boulevard north and south of Olsen Road.

For more information, visit https://blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong/ and https://nsengaknight.com/

CONTACT:

Nsenga Knight  

+201097090984      

nsengak@gmail.com

 

Rachel T. Schmid

805-493-3697

rtschmid@callutheran.edu

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Exhibitions and Updates

Please mark your calendar for three of my upcoming exhibitions this fall at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (November 21, 2015 – February 14, 2016, opening Friday, November 20th), at Project Rowhouses (Oct 24, 2015 – Feb 28, 2016, opening Oct 24, 2015 ) and my solo exhibition, White Circle, Black Square, Silver Pentagon at Room 100 in Durham, NC which opens September 1st. For the Project Rowhouses exhibition, I’ll be in Houston from October 10th-24th to create a site-specific installation in one of the rowhouses.

Two of my works, All and Absolute from my Ritual and Revolution project are currently on view at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. The WERD exhibition runs until July 31st, 2015.

I’ve just finished updating my site with documentation from my two recent projects: Make Safe Make Space (2014) and X Speaks: Nsenga Knight and X Collaborators (2015). The Make Safe Make Space page now has a short video documentary of the project and documentation of the most recent istallation of the Make Safe Make Space prints installed as part of the Under Color of Law exhibition at Berman Museum this spring:

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The X Speaks page now includes videos of the eight collaborations.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more about any of my projects or upcoming exhibitions.

Ritual and Revolution at Artspace, Raleigh, NC

Artspace Raleigh, NC August 2-31, 2013
Ritual and Revolution (installation view) 
Artspace, Raleigh, NC
August 2-31, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2013 Artspace 201 E. Davie St. Raleigh, NC 27601 http://www.artspacenc.org
CONTACT: Artspace info@artspacenc.org 919.821.2787
Nsenga Knight’s Ritual and Revolution on Display in Artspace’s Lobby Exhibition Dates: August 2-31 Opening Reception: First Friday Gallery Walk, August 2, 2013, 6-10pm Artist Talk: August 15, 6-7:30pm Raleigh, N.C. – Raleigh, N.C. – Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence (REAR) Nsenga Knight will exhibit her work for the month of August in a solo exhibition, Ritual and Revolution, as a conclusion of her six-month residency at Artspace, a non-profit visual art center in Raleigh. This concept-driven artist explores abstraction and conceptual art in a range of media as they inform and coincide with traditional Islamic Art. She explains, “My work expands upon the common aesthetic and theoretical concerns of the conceptual arts movement of the late 60s and 70s, performance, minimalism, abstract expressionism, and both Western and Islamic geometrical abstraction; and reflects my interest in ritual, subjectivity, history, archiving and intervention.” Knight’s work explores concepts including unity in multiplicity, repetition, and transformation of forms. An identical twin, Knight developed an interest in multiples that appear similar but have distinctions. The seriality expresses itself with systems, like those made historic by Conceptual American artist Sol Lewitt (1928 – 2007). She used her residency to continue working on her Last Rite project, which is “an interdisciplinary visual art project whose narrative pivots between Malcom X’s pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964 (his fulfillment of his last religious duty) and his funeral rites – the final ritual regarding his physical presence on earth.” In a series of new drawings, Knight stencils words excerpted from the book Hajj (The Pilgrimage) by Dr. Ali Shariati. She layers the quotes and produces each set in a series of four, painted in oil stick and mixed media. The order of text, and direction it is written in, follows a system. One layer is top to bottom, left to right, with every other line going upside down; another layer is in a circular direction. In one series of four, the first layer of text is painted in white, and the next layer in black; in another series, the first layer is black, the next layer white. In one evocative iteration, the first layer is black, and the next layer is done with olive oil, so the stenciled letters are partially transparent and take some of the black oil paint from the first layer of words. Among the quotes that Knight uses from Shariati’s text, Hajj, are “as a butterfly who encircles the candle until it burns, its ashes are gone with the wind, disappearing in love and dying in light.” The language used demonstrates the complexity and beauty inherent in Islamic culture, and ways in which contemporary visual art can help others learn more about it. An artist talk with Nsenga Knight and Rose Aslan, PhD candidate of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, will be held at Artspace on August 15, 6-7:30pm. Knight has a M.F.A. in Photography and Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Film Production from Howard University. Her recent exhibitions include The First Year, Galveston
Arts Center, Galveston, TX, Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, International House, Philadelphia, PA, and Reading with Jamal Cyrus, New Museum, New York, NY. For more information, contact Artspace at http://www.artspacenc.org or 919.821.2787.

Jan. 28, 2012: Open Studios @ Galveston Artist Residency Grand Opening

Announcing the opening of the Galveston Artist Residency and Gallery,

A new Gulf Coast Arts Initiative.

We are pleased to announce the official opening of the Galveston Artist Residency (GAR) and Gallery on Saturday, September 28, 2012 from 4-9pm. In honor of the opening, GAR will have the current artists in residence studios open to the public, a show of the resident’s work and a celebratory party to mark our beginning with food and live music. Galveston Artist Residency is located at 2521 Mechanic Street, Galveston, TX 77550.

This year we were excited to welcome Nick Barbee, Nsenga Knight, and Kelly Sears to GAR as the first, full time artists-in-residence, and Colin Hunt as the Summer 2011 artist-in-residence.

Nick Barbee works in a variety of media, dealing with formal concerns of presentation, the history of abstraction and historic narrative. Barbee will be showing his body of work Cato, recently on view at Rice University’s Emergency Room. Nsenga Knight is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose work poses questions about process, power, representation and the construction of historical narratives. Knight will be exhibiting a series of photos that are part of an ongoing project. The work has also been exhibited at the Ice Box in Philadelphia. Kelly Sears is an animator and filmmaker whose collage-like works are created from discarded periodicals, books, archives and orphan films. For the fourth time, Sears was selected to screen an animated short film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film, Once it Started it Could Not End Otherwise will also be presented at the GAR opening. Colin Hunt is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Hunt’s fragmented trompe l’oeil paintings are a meditation on love and despair and blur the line between memory and the tangible.

GAR was created to promote and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of art by giving artists a gift of time and space for the development of their work. The residency provides studio space, accommodation, and a stipend to three artists annually. GAR is committed to supporting serious creative artists of any discipline. This includes, but is not limited to; visual artists, multimedia or film artists, writers and composers, with a special interest in artists who are involved in non-commercial endeavors, environmental or sustainable living projects or projects that can increase community involvement or social awareness. The residency is open to emerging artists as well as mid-career and established artists.

Potential recipients of GAR grants come from a pool of artists nominated by a jury of independent art professionals. Residency applications are sent to this pool of nominated artists, and Residency grant offers are then sent to the artists selected. At the present time there will not be open calls for grants or applications for residency.

In addition to our residency program, the GAR Gallery and Courtyard will host various public programs such as art exhibitions, film series, open studios, lectures, etc.

GAR is located in a pair of radically redesigned and rebuilt industrial structures on the edge of downtown Galveston. These former cotton-baling workshops now comprise studios for four artists, a dedicated gallery building, courtyard garden and outdoor display/event space. Construction was underway throughout 2011 and is now complete.

For more information about the Galveston Artist Residency, please visit our website at www.galvestonartistresidency.org, or email us at info@galvestonartistresidency.org.