alisha b. wormsley
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artist statement

I am an interdisciplinary artist. My work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time periods. I recognize past, present and future happening simultaneously.  

I use photography, video, sculpture, and sound to deconstruct accepted realities in order to recreate new conceptual mythologies. By layering methods of science fiction, collage theory, and folklore I reconstruct stories, examining themes of gender, class, race and time.

My work has led me throughout the world; collecting stories, researching cultures, participating in myth and ceremony. I collaborate with artists, communities, students, landscapes and history.  

I am interested in the human experience. I work to tear down boundaries of forgetfulness. To encourage us to remember one beginning and one end. I examine the connections between these two points. The connections I discover inspire an infusion of both cross-cultural phenomena and popular culture, new fables and new science fictions. Within those discoveries I create other realities, magnifying the lens to look closely at the intentions of realities. This process is present in all my work. 

Totems, tarot, bottle trees, mantras, religious texts, mysticism, popular culture, cultural shame, urban legends, childhood memorabilia, funeral rites, folk music (from chanting to hiphop), creation stories and symbols are all my tools to expand on, to alter, to make timeless. 


Alisha B. Wormsley

Inter Disciplinary Artist



MFA candidate Bard College Film/Video

Anthropology,  University of California, Berkeley

Photography and Digital Media, International Center of Photography, New York, NY



2017         Artup Artist Selection travel to South Africa

2016      AW Mellon Fund for afronauta: DVD Magazine 

                 City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s award for Public Art

2015          Nominated for a USA Artist Fellowship

                 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation

                 Pittsburgh Foundation Advancing Black Art Grant  

2014         Heinz Award for Homewood Artist Residency Program 

                 Artist in Residence, Studio XX, Montreal Canada

                 Featured Artist for HTMLLES Feminist Digital Art Festival, Montreal Canada

                 Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grant for travel to Montreal

                 Sprout Seed Award for afronaut(a): an exploration in film, Pittsburgh PA

                 Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative Funding for afronaut(a)

                 Selected Artist for CSA PGH,, Pittsburgh PA

                 Flight School Fellowship: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers

2013        Artists in Residence,  2 month summer residency, Arts League, Houston TX

                  AW Mellon Fund for afronauta: an Exploration of Futurist films  

                  Pittsburgh Foundation Award for film series Children of NAN

2012-13  Artist in Residence at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA

2012        Artist in Residence, Unity Lodge,  Accra, Ghana

2011        Pittsburgh Foundation Artist Award, Reverse Migration Project: 

2010-11  August Wilson fellow, The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh PA

2010        Lyman Fund for Found Art and Excess global project

2009        Tribeca Film School projects grant with Romare Bearden Foundation

2009        Artist in Residence, Galeria Arte, Santiago de Cuba

2009        Southern Exposure Teaching Artist Grant

2008-10  3 year Multi-Media Arts Residency, Project Row House, Houston TX

2003        Awarded NYFA project grant to finish writing project in France

2002        UC Berkeley Kroeber Travel Grant- photo-documentary in Santiago de Cuba

1998          Rotary Student Discovery Scholarship to travel to Germany, Spain, France, 

                    England, Prague, Italy and Morocco


Public Art Installations 


Selected Market Square Public Artist  


Larimer Well Project, Lead Artist Design Public Well, Pittsburgh PA 

Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA

August Wilson Park, Stargazing, Lead Artist, Hill District, Pittsburgh PA

Activist Print, We Live, Solo Print Installation, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA




Artup exchange South Africa, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh PA


Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA

Activist Print, We Live, Solo Print Installation, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA


afronaut(a) film series DVD Magazine, UNDERGROUND

John Reigert, Group Show, SPACE gallery, Pittsburgh PA


Hands Up, group show, Pittsburgh arts for Social Practice, Pittsburgh PA

HereAfter, with Ryan Lammie, ArtSpace 616, Sewickley PA

Children of NAN screening, Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit MI

Children of NAN featured film, Inkanyiso collective, Johanesburg South Africa


Performing Whiteness/Performing Blackness, Allegheny College, Meadville PA

PROOF, Solo show, Studio XX, HTMLLES Festival, Montreal Canada

Solo Video works Screening, Cinema Politica, Concordia University, Montreal Canada

Afronaut(a) 2.0 film Salon Series, Kelly StrayHorn Theater, Pittsburgh PA

PROOF,  Art League, Houston TX

Braddock Art Lending Library,  on rotation as part of Transformazium arts collective

@ Carnegie International, CMA, Pittsburgh PA

CSA PGH @ Fieldwork,  Pittsburgh PA

Afrofuturist Affair @ Yell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 


Afronaut(a) film Salon Series, Kelly StrayHorn Theater, Pittsburgh PA

On Paper, 4925 Penn Ave Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

Fresh Works @ the Alloy, Pittsburgh PA

Divine Intersections, Iona Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY

Unnamed, Multi Media Performance Exhibition, Arts League, Houston TX

Intersections, Arts League of Houston, TX

Studio Enertia @ the Beauty Box, Project Row House, Houston TX

There Are Black People In the Future, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA

Octavia E. Butler Celebration of the Fantastic Arts, Spelman University, Atlanta GA

Black ExistentialismS: Situating Black Existential Philosophy, Duquesne University, PA


For Autistic Black Boys Who Are Too Curious, La Maison Fleur, Detroit MI

Salon II, Maison Fleur, Detroit MI

Hear Now, Kelly StrayHorn Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Errare, SXSW,  Austin TX

Sonando En Color, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Fashioned in Time, Corridor Gallery, New York, NY

Willow, Trig and Track, etown Gallery, Honolulu HI


Cry of the Third Eye, Director of Photography for film by Lisa Harris, Project Row Houses, Houston TX 

Gertrudes Lot, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, - Pittsburgh Biennial 

Transformation of Oshe, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA 

Stacks, Sewickley Arts Initiative, Pittsburgh, PA 

My Mythos, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

Rush/Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - group show


Architechturally, Hendershot Gallery, New York, NY 


Lilith, Project Row House, Houston TX 

New Century, Brecht Forum, New York NY

Group Show, Romare Bearden Foundation, New York NY 

Group Show, Bowery Poetry Club, New York NY 

Found art installation, Moraine Park, PA

Espacio Entramada, Galeria Arte Universal, Santiago de Cuba


Group Show,  Aperture, New York, NY 

Lilith, Project Row House, Houston TX - Installation and Performance of multi media opera

Willow, Trig and Track , Le Petit Toukouleur, Brooklyn NY 

Group Show, Lawndale Art center, Houston TX 

Group Show, Freeman Carter Gallery, Houston TX 


Carballino, Spain –   Designed and Installed collage mural exhibited for the Festa de Pulpo

Tribes Gallery, New York, NY - exhibition of works and installation of a photOpera

Helen Mills Theatre, New York, NY – group show benefit against domestic violence

Midtown Art center in Houston TX,  – installation of a photOpera

Well-Hung Gallery, Houston TX – an installation of a photOpera

Three-Muse Gallery, Houston TX – exhibition of montage work

 Java Studios, Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY- exhibition of montage works in group show

Old Vic Theatre, London, Englandexhibition of photographs on a play based on the Glass Menagerie


a photOpera

     Mid Town Arts in Houston

     Java Studios in Greenpoint Brooklyn

Giant Robot, San Francisco, CA- Group show for album and skateboard art

111 Minna San Francisco, CAexhibited photography, montage art, and design work in group show


World Stage: Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Kali Yuga: The Age of Chaos

Set Design for Indonesian Puppet Theatre performance directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang, World tour


Santiago de Cuba,  Inter Nos, Taller de Cultura – Photo-document mural conference

Photographs exhibited at the Taller de Cultura and Galeria de Arte Universal




Activist Print Panel Discussion, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA


Pathways to Social Justice, Winchester Thurston, Pittsburgh PA


Inernational Sculpture Conference, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh PA

Carol Brown Artist Award Selection Panel, Pittsburgh Foundation

By Any Means, Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburgh PA 

SIX x ATE, Silver Eye Photography, Pittsburgh PA


BlackStar Film Festival @ Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Teaching Experience


Adjunct Professor Electronic Media Studio, Carnegie Mellon University

Exploring concepts of working with time based media



Conduct trainings and workshops for teachers and organizational leaders on how to implement human rights into Arts Education

Teaching Artist, arts Education specialist --- 2004-Present

Artist-teaching residencies in various Institutions, Museums and Schools in nationally and internationally.  I have extensive experience designing, writing and facilitating arts/project based curriculum in collaboration with exhibitions, school curriculum and various organizations (list below).     

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA

Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh PA

Studio Museum of Harlem. New York, NY  

The Romare Bearden Foundation,  New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Pittsburgh, PA

International Center of Photography Bard College, New York, NY

Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn NY

Dorothy Day Center/Faith Ringgold Museum, New York, NY

Children’s Aid Society, New York, NY

August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh PA

Miller African American Centered Academy, Pittsburgh PA

Rex Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Project Row House, Houston TX


Teaching Artist/public artist - Nationally and Internationally

Led and participated in numerous mural and public art projects in the US, South America, Caribbean, Europe and North Africa.  (Detailed List upon Request)   

set and graphic designer, encompass new opera, brooklyn, ny --- 2006-2008

Designed all media for events and publications.  Contributed to set design compiling and creating images for projections.  



The Future is Present and All Around, by Tameka Cage Conely, The OFFING Magazine


Interview, Venison Magazine, by Katherine Saviskas

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Artist Alisha Wormsley's work plus her students' creations to be displayed, Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture- Ytasha Womack


Roving Eye: Flying High in Pittsburgh by Eric Shiner, Art in America

Pittsburgh Biennial Catalog

22 women artists deliver provocative show at The Warhol

By Mary Thomas Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


2011 La Times Magazine

2011 Pittsburgh Post Gazette

2010 Lea Muses, Lea Muses



Bronx Museum

Andy Warhol Museum

A. Moore Collection

Danny Simmons

Kim Collection

Romare Bearden Foundation

Johanne Bryant

Nancy Washington

Bearden Estate

Art Lending Library: Braddock Library

Xesus Carbidillo  

Galerie Arte Universal: Santiago de Cuba