Out of Context: Black Femme Creativity in a White Art World
Dive into Black femme creativity and wellness with moderator Ruby Joy White and artist/curator Christine Miller, as part of our seasonal Health & Wellness series.
This three-part Health & Wellness Series features free, livestreamed public discussions that center wellness resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities of Portland and around the globe.
Christine Miller (b. 1990, New York, NY; she/her) is a conceptual artist and curator currently based in Portland, OR. Her work centers around racial imagery, products and histories while simultaneously reframing her own cultural identity. In addition to her own work, Christine’s curatorial practice centers on bringing underrepresented contemporary artists to the front of the Portland art community and beyond.
Miller holds B.A from Hunter College (2013), and AA in Textile Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (2016). She has been the recipient of various artist grants along with participating in select artist talks and grant panels. Miller is currently working on her curated magazine Black Playground - which features the work of ten Portland based artist and plans to continue expanding her portfolio of art publications.
Ruby Joy White (b. 1988, Denver, CO; Prince/She) is a stylish, 30-something sapphically-inclined, writer-violinist-dancer-Sagittarius-TOMBOY, based in Portland, OR. A radical imaginist, Prince is a cultural curator, and plans and executes creative events, art talks, festivals, and installations that center People of Color and all their intersections. Additionally, Prince is a sociologist, hosts conversations on equity in creative spaces, engages with youth, and has a background in the academy. She is a content writer and editor for Art for Ourselves, a creative essayist, and a consultant for anti-racist and queer equity work, organizational structure, and strategic planning.
Ruby curates and creates vibrant experiences that aim to transport those engaged into realms that connect the soul to the beauty and intersections of the self. Prince’s work is best described as aesthetic, altar-like intimacies that tell stories, illuminate Queerness (in all its forms) and challenge the cacophony of the static norm.
Ruby holds a B.A. in Journalism, News/Editorial, and a B.A. in Sociology, Family Studies, from the University of Northern Colorado.
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