founding members |

Angela Pilgrim    Angela Pilgrim is a self-taught textile artist and illustrator based in Newark, NJ, and the founder of FRUISHUN. She fuses ’90s childhood influences with African American pop culture and traditions. Her work touches the subject of African American female beauty through the use of pastel colors, patterns and mixed media.   +  angela pilgrim in her home print studio, wearing a  fruishun  shirt.

Angela Pilgrim

Angela Pilgrim is a self-taught textile artist and illustrator based in Newark, NJ, and the founder of FRUISHUN. She fuses ’90s childhood influences with African American pop culture and traditions. Her work touches the subject of African American female beauty through the use of pastel colors, patterns and mixed media.

+ angela pilgrim in her home print studio, wearing a fruishun shirt.

Delita Martin    Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and a MFA in printmaking from Purdue University. Formally a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Martin currently works as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press. Working from Oral traditions, vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration, Martin’s work explores the power of the narrative impulse. Her process of layering various printmaking, drawing, sewing, collaging, and painting techniques allow her to create portraits that fuses the real and the fantastic.   +  delita martin in her print studio.

Delita Martin

Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and a MFA in printmaking from Purdue University. Formally a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Martin currently works as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press. Working from Oral traditions, vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration, Martin’s work explores the power of the narrative impulse. Her process of layering various printmaking, drawing, sewing, collaging, and painting techniques allow her to create portraits that fuses the real and the fantastic.

+ delita martin in her print studio.

 
Jennifer Mack-Watkins    Jennifer Mack-Watkins holds an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts from Morris Brown College, a Master's degree in art education from Tufts University, and an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Newark Public Library have acquired her work, adding to their permanent collections. Jennifer was selected to participate in the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory artist-in-residence program in Yamanashi, Japan in the summer of 2015. Mack-Watkins participated in the Rush Arts Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition and Print Portfolio that was exhibited in Brooklyn, New York and at Miami SCOPE. The Joan Mitchell Foundation nominated her as a 2015 Emerging Artist. In 2017, Mack-Watkins presented at the International Mokuhanga Conference at the University of Hawaii. Jennifer is a native of Charleston, SC; she currently lives and works in both New Jersey and New York City.   +  jennifer mack-watkins in her community print studio.

Jennifer Mack-Watkins

Jennifer Mack-Watkins holds an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts from Morris Brown College, a Master's degree in art education from Tufts University, and an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Newark Public Library have acquired her work, adding to their permanent collections. Jennifer was selected to participate in the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory artist-in-residence program in Yamanashi, Japan in the summer of 2015. Mack-Watkins participated in the Rush Arts Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition and Print Portfolio that was exhibited in Brooklyn, New York and at Miami SCOPE. The Joan Mitchell Foundation nominated her as a 2015 Emerging Artist. In 2017, Mack-Watkins presented at the International Mokuhanga Conference at the University of Hawaii. Jennifer is a native of Charleston, SC; she currently lives and works in both New Jersey and New York City.

+ jennifer mack-watkins in her community print studio.

Latoya Hobbs    LaToya M. Hobbs is a native of North Little Rock, AR. She received B.A degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty and cultural identity while reexamining the traditional triadic artist, model, viewer, relationship. Most recently she has expanded her practice to encompass ideas about maternity and the role of women as preservers of family, culture and community. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibitions and her work has also been featured in  Transition: An International Review , a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In addition to her own studio practice, LaToya devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD   +  latoya hobbs in front of her prints, at an exhibition .

Latoya Hobbs

LaToya M. Hobbs is a native of North Little Rock, AR. She received B.A degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty and cultural identity while reexamining the traditional triadic artist, model, viewer, relationship. Most recently she has expanded her practice to encompass ideas about maternity and the role of women as preservers of family, culture and community. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibitions and her work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In addition to her own studio practice, LaToya devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

+ latoya hobbs in front of her prints, at an exhibition .

Stephanie Santana    Stephanie Santana is a textile designer and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She believes in the possibility of textiles — as record-keepers, as protection, as tactile objects of both personal and cultural significance. Her artistic practice encompasses printmaking, collage, painting and weaving; exploring themes of lineage, motherhood and memory through the creation of textile pieces adorned with cherished family photographs. As a designer, she often works with collaged or hand-painted motifs, translating them into bold patterns.   +  stephanie santana, in her home.

Stephanie Santana

Stephanie Santana is a textile designer and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She believes in the possibility of textiles — as record-keepers, as protection, as tactile objects of both personal and cultural significance. Her artistic practice encompasses printmaking, collage, painting and weaving; exploring themes of lineage, motherhood and memory through the creation of textile pieces adorned with cherished family photographs. As a designer, she often works with collaged or hand-painted motifs, translating them into bold patterns.

+ stephanie santana, in her home.

Tanekeya Word   , Founder.   Tanekeya Word is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin based visual artist, printmaker and art educator. A womanist, her work centers around Black women: sampling their past, remixing their present, and re-imagining the future of Blackness through the lens of Black girlhood and womanhood. Tanekeya is pursuing a PhD in Urban Education, with a specialization in Art Education. Her research focuses on Critical Race Theory, Black women, Thirdspace and Black Aesthetics.   +  tanekeya word in her home workspace.

Tanekeya Word, Founder.

Tanekeya Word is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin based visual artist, printmaker and art educator. A womanist, her work centers around Black women: sampling their past, remixing their present, and re-imagining the future of Blackness through the lens of Black girlhood and womanhood. Tanekeya is pursuing a PhD in Urban Education, with a specialization in Art Education. Her research focuses on Critical Race Theory, Black women, Thirdspace and Black Aesthetics.

+ tanekeya word in her home workspace.