In anticipation of her time with the BSC Barnette writes: “As an artist who always struggled with traditional education systems it is an honor to be invited by UC Berkeley's Department of African American Studies to this important fellowship for the Black Studies Collaboratory, on my own terms and with this dynamic community. I am humbled to bring my work, my family, and all those that have come before me, to this table of exchange and scholarship. During my residency, I hope to engage the archives and resources of the university as well as welcome the cohort into my practice, process, and forthcoming exhibition Legacy & Legend, September 2021 at Pomona and Pitzer colleges. I am filled with gratitude.”
Barnette holds a BFA from CalArts and an MFA from University of California, San Diego. Barnette has been an artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York City) the Headlands Center for the Arts (Marin, CA) and the Carmago Foundation (France) among others. She is currently represented by Jessica Silverman in San Francisco and Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.
The BSC Advisory Board is honored to support Barnette’s work, looks forward to learning from her, and is excited to see how her art will evolve during her residency.