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Tanekeya Word

Tanekeya Word creates multimedia visual art on paper: drawings, paintings, narrative forms, and fine art prints that centers the everyday fantastical lives of Black women and girls. Presented in quotidian object scale, no larger than the human body, her works are serialized with focus on Black interiority, material culture, nature, and subaltern mappings in harmony with the body.

Tanekeya Word was born in the Mississippi Delta and those memories are rooted within her praxis.  

She earned a BA in English and Afro-American Studies, 2006, from Howard University and studied Painting under James Phillips of AfriCOBRA. Word has a MA in Arts Management, 2011, with a concentration in Visual Arts and Development from American University. Tanekeya completed her doctoral program course load in May 2019 and is currently an Urban Education PhD dissertator with a specialization in Critical Race Theory in Art Education.

Tanekeya Word is based in Milwaukee, WI and is the owner and sole operator of Womanist Press.

Printmaking Techniques: relief print (linocut, woodcut, letterpress), screenprint, intaglio (dry point, soft ground + hard ground, solarplate, experimental), lithography, monotype, risograph


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