STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Fall 2021: Amanei Johnson

Name: Amanei Johnson School: University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff Major/Concentration: Visual Arts Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022 Location: Pine Bluff, AR Portfolio: https://jhinjhang88.wixsite.com/website @jhinjhang88   Artist Biography Chicago-based artist Amenei Johnson...

Fall 2021: Destiny Moore

  Name: Destiny Moore School: Maryland Institute College of Art Major/Concentration: General Fine Arts Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2024 Location: Baltimore, MD Portfolio: https://officiallydestiny.com/ @_officially.destiny   Artist Biography I create work that engages the au...

Spring 2021: Aliyah Bonnette

  Name: Aliyah Bonnette School: East Carolina University Major/Concentration: Painting and Textiles Concentrations Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2021 Location: Greenville, North Carolina Portfolio: www.aliyahbonnette.com @sweetpeachlee   Artist Biography My art is my activism. A...

Spring 2021: Kendall Robinson

  Name: Kendall Robinson School: Howard University Major/Concentration: Visual Arts - Painting Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022 Location: Washington, DC Portfolio: kendallsartcollection.myportfolio.com/work @kendallsartcollection   Artist Biography Kendall Robinson is a prof...

Fall 2020: Danae Antoine

Name: Danae Antoine School: Georgia State University Major/Concentration: Drawing & Painting Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022 Location: Atlanta, GA @artfully_antoine   Artist Biography Through the use of aged and larger body types and unconventional self-imagery, my work brings to...

Fall 2020: Symphonii Smith-Kennedy

  Name: Symphonii Smith-Kennedy School: Maryland Institute College of Art Major/Concentration: Painting with a concentration in Illustration Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2023 Location: Baltimore, MD Portfolio: www.sympaima.weebly.com @sympaima   Artist Biography As an aspirin...


GIRLS AWARD RECIPIENTS

October: Mekhya Metcalf

  Name: Shaeley Lincoln Grade: 12 Location: Detroit, MI @shaeleys_art Hi my name is Mekhya! My favorite style is Abstract art because I don’t have to put much thought into it. It's like I’m on autopilot when I create my artwork and it always comes out amazing! I like to push myself to do and be bett...

October: Julia Mathus

  Name: Julia Mathus Grade: 5 Location: Bellevue, WA Nominated by: Mom,  "Julia has been painting since she was 5 years old. She love self-portraits, sketching and abstracts. Julia is a rising star who loves her art and wants to keep learning and growing. She also likes to experiment with different ...

September: Shaeley Lincoln

  Name: Shaeley Lincoln Grade: 12 Location: Baltimore, MD @shaeleys_art Hey, Shaeley here! I enjoy painting women of color and emphasizing our hair. I love creating life with vibrant colors with oil paint and oil pastels. I also like adding sculptural elements to my paintings because it helps to acc...

September: Tahlia Ray

  Name: Tahlia Ray Grade: 12 Location: Detroit, MI @tahlia.annette & @tahliaannettearts Hi, I'm Tahlia! My favorite style and subjects vary depending on how I feel. I never like to keep myself in a box so sometimes I like abstract, sometimes I like to paint animals, and sometimes I like to paint peo...

August: Lola Kirkland

Name: Lola Kirkland Grade: 6 Location: Medford, NJ Nominated by: Ms, Mia "Lola enjoys painting everything, especially people. She's currnetly focusing on different techniques to paint faces and hands. I can't remember a time when she wasn’t coloring, painting, or doing some sort of craft. Lola is a swe...

August: Kailey Prince

  Name: Kailey Prince Grade: 11 Location: Detroit, MI   @kay_p17   Hey I'm Kailey! My favorite medium is acrylic painting but I have been trying my hand in watercolor lately. I love trying different styles and materials. I have been focusing on most lately painting subjects that deal with self...

July: Jasmin Smith

  Name: Jasmin Smith Grade: 11 Location: Detroit, MI @jazzy.aris Hi I'm Jasmin! I create realistic portraits of random people and sometimes real people. I often use acrylic paint but I recently started experimenting with oil paints and I really enjoy it. I'm also working on painting landscapes but m...

July: Jael Chandler

  Name: Jael Chandler Grade: 5 Location: Woodbury, NJ Nominated by: Mom "Jael has shown a love for painting since she was 6 years old. She is a very creative and artistic child who loves painting and has consistently desired to learn in order to grow in her artistic abilities. Jael loves to paint na...

June: Madysen Casey

Name: Madysen Casey Grade: 12 Location: Southfield, MI @7ogcustoms Hey I'm Madysen! My favorite style to paint is abstract art. It is my favorite because it allows many differt perspectives to form of what is seen. Each individual viewer gets to create their own meaning that connects to their soul and ...

June: Brea' Williams

Name: Bria' Williams Grade: 12 Location: Nottingham, MD @museumof_brea Hi I'm Bea'! I mainly like to create self portraits because my work is a depiction of the world through my eyes. I mostly paint in a somewhat realistic style. I typically like to work with bright color palettes or exaggerated perspe...

May: Sole Denton

  Name: Sole Denton Grade: 12 Location: King George, VA @solkymstudios Hey I'm Sole! I don't particularly have a specific style I like to paint the most but I do prefer to paint the black woman. The power we exude is something that should be captured forever. I also tend to paint pop icons and black...

May: Mariah Collins

  Name: Mariah Collins Grade: 11 Location: St. Louis, MO Nominated by: Antonia Collins "Mariah loves art and has been painting since the 1st grade. Her style is semi-realism, as she often paints girls of all shapes, colors, sizes and landscapes. She has also done styles for decorative purposes too. ...

April: Sarah Lewis-Davis

  Name: Sarah Lewis-Davis Grade: 11 Location: Dolton, IL @s.a.r.a.h.h.h17 Nominated by: Joshua Harrell "Sarah has been painting since kindergarten. When I first met her, I found out she loves paint, as she always talked about painting. She loves to use acrylic paint and her favorite subjects to p...

April: Ma’Laysia Martin

  Name: Ma'Laysia Martin Grade: 12 Location: Los Angeles, CA @lay.leftthescene I'm Ma'Laysia! My favorite style to paint is realistic portraits. I like to accurately capture my subject and show off our features. I enhance the portrait with saturated colors and deep shadows. I want to inspire people ...

March: Elizabeth Duncan

  Name: Elizabeth Duncan Grade: 11 Location: Conway, AK I'm Elizabeth! I enjoy painting African Americans and am learning how to paint in a realistic style, as I really like Kehinde Wiley’s style of realistic art. I am a hard working young artist who isn’t afraid to step out of my comfort zone and try ...

March: Phoebe Johnson

  Name: Phoebe Johnson Grade: 10 Location: Richmond, VA Nominated by: Monique Johnson "Phoebe's love for art was sparked in her Montessori elementary school where she received cool opportunities to study with local artists. Since then she has been interested in visual art, stained glass and photogra...

February: Aaliyah Harris

Name: Aaliyah Harris Grade: 8 Location: Tacoma, WA @createdbyliarts  Nominated by: Danni Harris "Aaliyah has been painting for about 3 years and drawing for a very long time. She’s always expressed herself through different avenues of creativity. Painting is her avenue for this stage of her life and...

February: Jalawn Monroe

Name: Jalawn Monroe Grade: 8 Location: Cincinnati, OH @createdbyliarts  Nominated by: Mom "Jalawn has been painting for about 4 years now. She uses her art to find her happy place and to help others find their own too. Some days I think she paints whatever comes to her head but for the most part, sh...

January: Lydia Atkinson

  Name: Lydia Atkinson Grade: 11 Location: Raleigh, NC @atkinson_draws Nominated by: Stephanie Bell Lydia has been painting since elementary school. She has always loved it but just really starting honing in on her craft in the past 5 years and enjoys realism. Lydia is very talented and wants to ...

January: Aaliyah Stark

  Name: Aaliyah Stark Grade: 7 Location: Phoenix, AZ Hi! I'm Aaliyah! I like to paint a little bit of everything, including scenes from movies and games. One of my favorite styles to paint is abstract because I get to experiment with colors and new techniques.  What does being a Black girl who p...

December: Ma'at Qadaffi

Name: Ma'at Qadaffi Age: 4 Location: Silver Spring, MD Nominated by: BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT @maatpaints Ma'at is a special Girls Award winner! We've watched her create amazing paintings with her mom all year long and she only recently turned 4 - making her our youngest award recipient! We love seeing...

December: Zoe Gillespie

Name: Zoe Gillespie Grade: 4 Location: Dallas, TX Hello! Zoe here! I love creating abstract art the most but I'm still learning a lot. This summer, I started a college fund and have been selling my artwork and saving the money too! I want to go to college when I get older so I can make art and plan for dr...

December: Tyterrica Graham

Name: Tyterrica Graham Grade: 12 Location: High Point, NC @tyamazed_art Hey! My name is Tyterrica! Hey! My name is Tyterrica! I love to create in my own perspective. I love creating art that tells powerful stories that my community can relate to and benefit from - the type of stories that encourage ...

December: Victoria Simmons

  Name: Victoria Simmons Grade: 12 Location: College Park, MD @xxtoris Nominated by: K Simmons Tori has been painting since the summer of 2017. I noticed she has a real love for painting when we went to a paint party hosted by our church and I could tell how advanced her skills were. From there s...

November: Autumn Cureton

Name: Autumn Cureton Grade: 12 Location: Charlotte, NC @a_nadhi_c Hi, I'm Autumn! I paint all kinds of things, most have a lot to do with black girl magic, paintings for girls my age, or about mental health. I want my art to be my job one day because this is my therapy and something I love to do. Wh...

November: Erin Lally

Name: Erin Lally Grade: 4 Location: Harmony, FL @dimpled_erin Hi, I'm Erin! I like to paint nature but in my own abstract way. I also like to paint beaches, trees, and sunsets. I hope to be a Art History major or Law major when I go to college so I want to keep painting, practicing, and working on gett...

October: Alayjah Robinson

Name: Alayjah Robinson  Grade: 5 Location: Arlington, TX @craft__tastrophe Hey! I'm Alayjah! My favorite style is pour painting. I love this style because it allows me to design a unique painting. Also, you can do so many designs that it makes it fun to learn and try to do. What does being a Black g...

October: Isabelle Loobie

Name: Isabelle Loobie Grade: 12 Location: Toronto, ON @isabelle.xxiv Hi, I'm Isabelle! I've been an artist since kindergarten but have developed my love for painting at the beginning of high school. My favourite style to paint in would be semi realistic and I enjoy painting black women and characters. ...

September: Kaylah Turner

Name: Kaylah Turner Grade: 6 Location: Cary, NC Nominated by: Keisha Elise Kaylah has been painting since she was four years old. She would create detailed drawings since that age. Once she started school, her talents in art became more advanced and her artistic ability was undeniable. Kaylah has paint...

September: Riley Morris

Name: Riley Morris Grade: 11 Location: Los Angeles, CA @on_canvas_by_riley Hey! I'm Riley! I love all types of paintings, but my favorite medium is acrylic paint. I love creating paintings about black girl empowerment because as a black girl, I want to use my passion to empower young women that look li...

August: Loren Scott

Name: Loren Scott Grade: 9 Location: Frisco, TX @loloisartdesigns Nominated by: Shaylon Scott Loren has always had a love for drawing but her 8th grade year she took an interest in painting through the encouragement of her teachers. Her then mentor and family saw that she was more calm and happy whe...

August: Symone Terrell Newman

Name: Symone Terrell Newman Grade: 6 Location: Rialto, CA Nominated by: Tammi Terrell Symone has been interested in art since the age of 5. She started painting independently at the age of 8 years old. She is a natural artist and art speaks to her in ways that have great meaning. The pieces that she ha...

July: Kimberly Greenhill

Name: Kimberly Greenhill Grade: 6 Location: Washington, DC Nominated by: Ebony Hester My daughter Kimberly loves art and painting! She's been painting since the first grade. I noticed she loves to paint after spending a lot of time in the art room in her after school program. She enjoys spending time w...

July: Ruth Hardy

Name: Ruth Hardy Grade: 12 Location: Spring, TX @theruthhardy   Hi my name is Ruth! I like to paint the black youth using objects and poses to represent a message in either the real world or within the subject.  I love mixing abstraction and texture with smooth realism to portray the real world whic...

June: Athena Clark

  Name: Athena Clark Grade: 9 Location: Solvay, NY @Stitchislife24   Hey, I'm Athena! My favorite object to paint is black girls. I love painting black girls because I feel  in this society, the definition of beautiful is white, blonde, and blue eyes. I like to remind girls/women that they are ...

May: Oniya Williams

Name: Oniya Williams Grade: 12 Location: Harrisburg, PA @leiloni_arts   Hi, my name is Oniya! I've been involved with art all through my life. Art runs through my family and I've worked in different jobs to supply my passion. Although different people have commissioned my art, I still have a long ...

May: Chassity Davis

Name: Chassity Davis Grade: 4 Location: Orlando, FL @createwithchassy & www.createwithchassy.com Nominated by: Tynita Davis Chassity is a young girl who loves art. She started painting in 2019 when I noticed her love for art. She watches a lot of YouTube videos and tutorials about painting and takes...