Free Your Mind @ Butter

BUTTER seeks to push boundaries by elevating Black artists in the national conversation, promoting equity in the arts and fueling the creative economy. The multi-day fine art fair in Indianapolis will showcase the works of more than 50 Black visual artists from across the country. I am representing New Jersey with my installation “Free Your Mind” and my Emotional Baggage Cart series.

General admission tickets are available for purchase at www.butterartfair.com for $35 (guests 18 and under are free). Preview Night tickets (includes Thursday night access) will be available for purchase for $175.

I will be attending the VIP Preview night and part of opening day before heading back to Jerz.

Thursday, September 1: VIP Preview Night, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, September 2: Opening Day and Night, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 3: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Free Your Mind: Live Demo This Weekend

Live Art Demos: August 6 and August 20 from 11a – 3pm.

Location: Governors Island, ArtCrawl Harlem house, 406b Colonels Row

The installation runs through the end of August 2022

Free Your Mind is a collection of personal narratives. Participants are invited to share a personal experience with implicit bias to release this story from their personal narrative. Later, artist Theda Sandiford will weave these stories into a protective blanket.

Share your Story here

I’m on Governors Island Every Saturday

Free Your Mind Public Art Installation @ Art Crawl Harlem

Live Art Demos on July 23, July 30, August 6 and August 13 from 11a – 3pm.

Location: Governors Island, 406b Colonels Row

The installation is on display through the end of August 2022.

Come hang out and play with me while I live weave a new emotional baggage cart. Feel free to bring any recycled fibers or textiles to weave onto the cart. No experience necessary.

Join Me on Governors Island next weekend

Free Your Mind Public Art Installation @ Art Crawl Harlem

Live Art Demos on July 9, July 16, August 6 and August 20 from 11a – 3pm.

Location: Governors Island, 406b Colonels Row

The installation is on display through the end of August 2022.

Come hang out and play with me while I live weave a new emotional baggage cart.

Free Your Mind: Social Justice Public Art Installation
Free Your Mind is a collection of personal narratives. Participants are invited to share an personal experience with implicit bias to release this story from their personal narrative. Later, artist Theda Sandiford will weave these stories into a protective blanket. 

July Exhibitions

Chutes and Ladders

Window Installation on display through July 30th

Location: Art 150, studio #231. 150 Bay Street.

Enter at Provost and First Street and ride the elevator to the 2nd floor. Studio # 231

Free Your Mind Public Art Installation @ Art Crawl Harlem

Live Art Demos: July 9, July 16, August 6 and August 20 from 11a – 3pm.

The installation runs through the end of August 2022

Location: Governors Island, 406b Colonels Row

Tell Me More About Yourself (Self-Portraits and other Autobiographical Endeavors)

Exhibition Dates: June 25, 2022 – August 5, 2022

Location: Gallery Aferro, 73 Market St, Newark, NJ

Public Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00-6:00pm

Camouflage Pink Detail

2022 New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence.

Exhibition On View: June 18, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am to 4:45pm; Closed Mondays and all State Holidays

Location: New Jersey State Museum; 205 West State Street Trenton NJ

Lady Whistledown

Sculpture Walk Springfield 2022-2023

Exhibition Dates: Now through May 21, 2023

Location: 411 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield MO

Dorchester Road Rage

Free Your Mind from Microaggressions with Me this Saturday

“Free Your Mind” is a cascade of story ribbons tied to fishing nets draped upon the wall like a blanket. Visitors are invited to share written statements about experienced microaggression on a “story” ribbon which I will weave into the “Free Your Mind” blanket. Infusing the essence and yarn of each participant into the social fabric of a protective blanket.

Free Your Mind Public Art Installation

Exhibition Dates: On view for the public Thursday  through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00PM until the end of August

Location: ArtCrawl Harlem @ Governors Island, 406b Colonels Row

Theda In Residence: June 25, July 2, July 16, from 11a – 3pm.

Free Your Mind from Microaggressions

“Free Your Mind” is a cascade of story ribbons tied to fishing nets draped upon the wall like a blanket. Visitors are invited to share written statements about experienced microaggression on a “story” ribbon which I will weave into the “Free Your Mind” blanket. Infusing the essence and yarn of each participant into the social fabric of a protective blanket.

Free Your Mind Public Art Installation

Exhibition Dates: May 7, – August 27, 2022. On view for the public Thursday  through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00PM.

Location: ArtCrawl Harlem @ Governors Island, 406b Colonels Row

Theda In Residence: June 11, June 25, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 20 from 11a – 2pm.

June Exhibitions

Chutes and Ladders Installation

JC Friday June 3, 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Art 150, window of studio #231. 150 Bay Street.

Enter at Provost and First Street and ride the elevator to the 2nd floor. Studio # 231

Free Your Mind: Public Art Installation @ Art Crawl Harlem/ Governors Island

Exhibition Dates: through August 2022

Live Art: June 11, June 25, July 2, July 16 from 11a – 2pm.

Location: Governors Island, Art Crawl Harlem 406b Colonels Row

2022 New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence exhibition.

Exhibition Preview Reception: Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Exhibition On View: June 18, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am to 4:45pm; Closed Mondays & all State Holidays

Location: New Jersey State Museum; 205 West State Street Trenton NJ

Tell Me More About Yourself (Self-Portraits and other Autobiographical Endeavors)

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 6:00-9:00pm

Exhibition Dates: June 25, 2022 – August 5, 2022

Location: Gallery Aferro, 73 Market St, Newark, NJ

Public Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00-6:00pm

Sculpture Walk Springfield 2022-2023

Exhibition Dates: Now through May 21, 2023

Location: 411 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield MO

Closing this Month

Theda Sandiford’s: Joyful Resistance closes June 4, 2022 atThe Center for Contemporary Art; 2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster, NJ.

Future Perfect/Imperfect: The Next Century closes June 9 at Silvermine Gallery: 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT.  Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Welcome to Governors Island

ArtCrawl Harlem 2022

ArtCrawl Harlem along with other local arts and culture programs returns to Governors Island to offer programs and residencies within the historical homes on Nolan Park and Colonels Row as well as welcome the public in for art exhibits, open studios, art talks and more.

This Summer, I am presenting “Free Your Mind” and “Personal Baggage” two Interactive Art Installations as part of ArtCrawl Harlem’s House at 406B Colonels Row, Governors Island, NYC. On view for the public Friday through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00PM.

You are invited to work with me on an Emotional Baggage Cart in progress on Governors Island on these dates June 11, June 25, July 2, July 16, August 6 and August 20 from 11:00am – 2:00pm on each day.

Please DM me if you plan to come.