Alisha B. Wormsley

Inter Disciplinary Artist

 

Awards/Grants

2015           Mayor’s Public Art award for Homewood Artist Residency

2015           AW Mellon fund for afronaut(a) 3.0

2015           Nominated for a USA Artist Fellowship

2015           Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation

2015           Pittsburgh Foundation Advancing Black Art Grant  

2014    Heinz Award for Homewood Artist Residency Program 

2014    Artist in Residence, Studio XX, Montreal Canada

2014    Featured Artist for HTMLLES Feminist Digital Art Festival, Montreal Canada

2014    Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grant for travel to Montreal

2014    Sprout Seed Award for afronaut(a): an exploration in film, Pittsburgh PA

2014    Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative Funding for afronaut(a)

2014    Selected Artist for CSA PGH, http://www.csapgh.com, Pittsburgh PA

2014    Flight School Fellowship: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers

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

2013    AW Mellon Fund for afronauta: an Exploration of Futurist films  

2013    Pittsburgh Foundation Award for film series Children of NAN

2012-13Artist 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: 

2011    Houston Arts Alliance grant to produce short film, Cry of The Third Eye

2010-11August 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

2008-103 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

 

Solo and Group Exhibitions/Screenings

2015

As Good as the Guys: Women Photographers in Pittsburgh, Framehouse Jask Gallery

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

2014

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

Panel on BlackStar Film Festival @ Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Afrofuturist Affair @ Yell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

2013
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
2012
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
2011
Cry of the Third Eye, 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

2010
Architechturally, Hendershot Gallery, New York, NY
2009
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
2008
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

2006
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, England
exhibition of photographs on a play based on the Glass Menagerie
2005
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, CA
exhibited photography, montage art, and design work in group show
2004
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
2002
Santiago de Cuba, Inter Nos,Taller de Cultura – Photo-document mural conference Photographs exhibited at the Taller de Cultura and Galeria de Arte Universal

Teaching Experience
2015
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA STUDIO, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY Exploring concepts of working with time based media

2011-2014

HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION THROUGH THE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

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

TEACHING ARTIST, ARTS EDUCATION SPECIALIST --- 2004-2015

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 exhibi- tions, 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
  • TheRomareBeardenFoundation, NewYork,NY,LosAngeles,CA,Pittsburgh,PA
  • MOMA, New York, NY
  • 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 projec- tions.

Publications
2013 Afrofuturism:The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture- Ytasha Womack

2011 Pittsburgh Biennial Catalog

2011 Pittsburgh Post Gazette

2011 La Times Magazine

2011 Pittsburgh Post Gazette

2010 Lea Muses, Lea Muses

 

Collections

Bronx Museum A. Moore Collection
Danny Simmons
Kim Collection
Romare Bearden Foundation Johanne Bryant

Diedre Harris-Kelly
Bearden Estate
Art Lending Library: Braddock Library Xesus Carbidillo
Galerie Arte Universal: Santiago de Cuba