Student Award Recipients

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: Kendal 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 profe...

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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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 ...