Get to know us

As women who are coming from different racial and ethnic ancestry, generations and professions, but who are tied together through artistic practice and a social justice framework, our union represents a multiracial, multicultural, multigenerational coalition that advances Black and Brown resilience and liberation.

 
 

founding member

Akea brionne Brown

Akea Brionne -- she/her pronouns -- is a photographer in support of the US Department of Defense in Washington, DC. Her work investigates the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary cultural milieu of the American black middle class, she explore today's African American community, as it relates to historical forms of oppression, discrimination, and segregation in American history.

Akea Brionne has received the Visual Task Force Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work is also featured in the Smithsonian's Ralph Rinzler Collection and Archives, and was recently acquired by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Collection. She was announced the 2018 Winner for Duke University’s Center for Documentary Arts Collection Award, as the 2018 Documentarian of Color. Her series, Black Picket Fences, was acquired for their permanent collection, and is on preserve at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Akea Brionne was also chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Akea Brionne received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in the dual degree program of Photography and Humanities in 2018. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.

 
Photo by Justin Flythe for Mild Woman.

Photo by Justin Flythe for Mild Woman.

founding member

Jennifer A. Ferretti

Jennifer ferretti – she/her pronouns – is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art on Piscataway Land (Baltimore, Maryland). She is a first-generation American Latina/Mestiza whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives, not neutrality. With a firm belief that art is information, she is interested in the research methodologies of artists, particularly those highlighting social justice issues. Recognizing the impact of the overwhelming whiteness of the library and information science profession, in 2016 she started the online space We Here specifically for people of color working in libraries and archives. Jennifer is a Library Journal 2018 Mover & Shaker

 
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(Emeritus founding member)

Colette Veasey-Cullors

Colette Veasey-Cullors - she/her pronouns - is a Social Documentary Photographer whose artwork throughout her career has continually investigated themes pertaining to socio-economics, race, class, education and identity. She seeks to question our personal connections to these subjects and how one might justify and rationalize their existence to themselves and others. She is interested in decoding these issues by employing the use of metaphor and investigating the point of intersection between these dichotomies.  

Colette has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States, including The California African American Museum in Los Angeles, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Glassell School of Art, and The Chattanooga African American Museum. Her work is included in the publication MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu, BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture by Deborah Willis, Ph.D. and she produced the cover design for the textbook African-American Sociopolitical Philosophy: Imagining Black Communities by Richard A. Jones, Ph.D. 

Colette’s collaborative interest resides in the process of social and creative engagement with individuals and communities, with a particular interest in underserved and underrepresented communities. She has worked with a number of community-based organizations, including Communities in Schools, Project Row Houses, Art on Purpose, 901 Arts and Art Source South Africa.

Colette is currently Associate Dean of Design and Media at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In 2012, she was awarded the Maryland Institute College of Art, Board of Trustee Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Colette received her MFA in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1996 and her BFA in Photography from the University of Houston in 1992.