About the Artist

Ayana Evans is a NYC based artist. She frequently visits her hometown of Chicago whose community is a major influence on her art. Evans received her MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. In 2015, she received the Jerome Foundation’s Theater and Travel & Study Grant for artistic research abroad. During Summer 2016 Evans completed her installment of the residency, “Back in Five Minutes” at El Museo Del Barrio in NYC. She completed a performance series this Spring 2017 for “A Person of the Crowd” at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; as well as FAIP an international performance festival, Martinique; “Light Happenings II” presented by Lab Bodies, Baltimore, MD; and Rapid Pulse Retrospective, Chicago, IL. Evans also performed at Ghana’a Chale Wote festival in August 201, was a 2018 Fellow in the Studio Immersion Program at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and is a current 2018 NYFA Fellow for Interdisciplinary Arts. She is Editor at Large for www.cultbytes.com. Her recent press includes articles on New York Magazine’s The Cut, Hyperallergic, the Huffington Post, gallerygurls.net, and CNN.


My Colonial Get-away: Fu** It, I Ain't Budgin’

Photos taken by Leslie Jean-Bart