Marlon F. Hall
Curator of Black artists and art workers
Marlon F. Hall is an artist whose work is rooted in social practice and has grown from anthropological listening. His life intention is to cultivate human potential while unearthing beauty from perceived community brokenness. As an art-making storyteller, he was recently named a Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a 2021 Tulsa Artist Fellow, was the Visual Anthropologist and Social Media Archivist for the Greenwood Art Project, a CBS Gayle King Morning Show subject matter expert, and a producing storyteller for the Emmy Award-winning Migrant Kitchen. His digital photos and film curation are featured in Google Arts and Culture, with a special spotlight on his exhibition linked to the coveted Google search bar. His latest project features one of his carefully curated Amnesia Therapy Salon Dinners in partnership with The British Council and The Kenya Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennial.
Marlon engages in socially engaged art installations, photography, filmmaking, and carefully curated salon dinner gatherings as a community well and wheel of healing. Ethnographic listening is a well from which folks inwardly draw inspiration, and art is a wheel that moves them forward. Sometimes, the social, political, or physical violence some communities experience creates a trauma that results in cultural amnesia. This amnesia can make it hard for these communities to remember who they are, what they can contribute, and why those contributions are essential.
Today, his work is rooted in Tulsa, where he is tilling the soil with local creatives and community advocates to nourish the harvest of human possibility growing from the ashes of the 1921 Race Massacre. Marlon is the Community Engagement Cultivator for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Because memory informs imagination, this is an effort to remember who they were as Black Wall Street and imagine who they can become. He believes Tulsa is not a graveyard but a garden. Gardens also decompose elements of life in them, but they move towards the destined growth cycle of life, death, and renewal. The growth he works to reveal in Tulsa harvests the resilient fruit of the human spirit that is the fire-proof and impenetrable legacy of Black Wall Street.
Curator of Native artists and art workers
Curator of white artists and art workers
Shelby Head (pronouns, fluid) is a sculptor whose work challenges social constructs in the United States through precisely made artwork organized into collections. The research involved during the making of a series informs the medium, materials, and imagery used to create the work. Head has worked in public art and is widely exhibited in galleries, alternative spaces, and art fairs. Head has received numerous art residencies, fellowships, and grants, including the Artist’s Resource Trust Grant, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (2017), Jentel Artist Fellowship (2018), CT Artist Fellowship Grant (2019), Vermont Studio Center (2019), SLV Social Practice Arts Residency sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (2019-20), Tulsa Artist Fellowship (2020-23), Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Grants (2020 and 2021), OVAC Thrive Powerhouse Grant in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2022), and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship Integration Arts Award (2022-23). Head’s recent solo exhibitions include Cloyde Snook Gallery (Colorado, 2020), El Pueblo History Museum (Colorado, 2020), Archer Studios Window Installation (Oklahoma, 2021), Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma (Oklahoma, 2022), and Living Arts of Tulsa (Oklahoma, 2023). Head lives and works in Providence, RI.