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Heather Marie Davis-Jones Paintings
Through figurative images it confronts the white manís burden and colonialism. I often repatriate obscure folk stories for the present. My work involves researching and re-appropriating tales from both oral traditions and other historical sources. I approach representation from a personal perspective, blending these stories with the histories of my own family.
2006, Apprentice, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Phila., PA2006, Independent Study, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN2003 , Art Admin., MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago2001, Fine Art, BA, Florida A&M University (summa cum laude)
Artist in Residence, Tin Shop, Breckenridge, CO, 2007
Artist in Residence, Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC Canada, 2006
Guest Artist, Rutland School, Kelowna, BC., Sept. 20, 2006
Artistís Talk, Alternator Gallery, Sept. 9, 2006
SE. Penn. Transit Authority EL Public Art Project Finalist, Phila., PA, 2006
Elizabeth Talford Scott Scholarship from the University of Minnesota, 2006
Camille Cosby Art Scholarship, 2000
Presidential Full Scholarship from Florida A&M University 1997- 2001
Single Exhibitions:
Reclaiming Narrative: Heather Marie Davis, Solo Exhibition,
Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Group Exhibitions:
In The Neighborhood, The StrataSphere Gallery,
Philadelphia, PA

Generations, Southside Community Art Center
Chicago, IL

Uncle Tom to Peeping Tom: Race & Gender Matters
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Union Art Gallery
Milwaukee, WI

#510: If the Shoe FitsÖ, Betty Rymer Gallery
Chicago, IL

Africa!, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory
Alexandria, VA

The Scrolls (traveling exhibition),
Cuyahoga Community College- Gallery West, Cleveland, OH
Museum of Modern Arf (ModArf), Arlington, VA
Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

The Scrolls (traveling exhibition),
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

Women of the African Diaspora, Woman Made Gallery,
Chicago, IL

Faculty Exhibition, Cheyney University,
Cheyney, PA

Redefining Influences, Gene Siskel Film Center,
Chicago, IL

Assemblage, Collage, Construction, Gallery 402,
New York, NY
Artist's Statement:
My work addresses exoticization, dislocation, racial stereotypes, and disobedience. Old photographs, symbolism, and appropriated images from explorer magazines and tourist books are utilized to evaluate Black, Negro, Afro-, African- identities in relationship to Whiteness, the desire to assimilate, or to be White. My work addresses how people of African descent are defined and self-define -- by their culture, their country, or their skin color. My work is a result of internal family racism, reactionary revolutions, interracial relationships, and miscegenation.
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