Between 2009-10 I held a Studio residency/fellowship in the Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP). Prior to ISP, I earned my Master Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania with a certificate in Time-Based Media. After finishing, the Whitney I moved my studio back to  Birmingham,  Alabama where I acted as co-creator of a collaborative experimental exhibition space, Cauldron Projekts, The Cauldron brought together artists and community members who are largely underrepresented in the cultural life of Birmingham and made inroads for new exhibition and social practice opportunities in the city. I spent the last two years as a doctoral student in the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. The studio has become for me a less material and more conceptual space to place and assemble the experiences and knowledges that I want to remember and forget. My attempt is to produce work from a space that allows me to tell stories with the living and the dead. This path has brought clarity to work I have done in the past and continue to do, allowing me to sharpen my practice as an artist through my engagement with questions of metaphysics, geography, black feminisms, and literature. I currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

© 2018 Tia-Simone Gardner