Helina Metaferia


EDUCATION

2015
MFA  - Interdisciplinary Art, Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 

2005
BA - Fine Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 

2001
Temple University/Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA 


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Ancestral Honoring, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2014
Re-Collections, Mission Hill Gallery - School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2013
Great Migration, International African Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD

2012
Helina Metaferia: Divine Feminine, River Views Artspace, Lynchburg, VA

2010
Journey, Jenness Building Gallery - Williams College, Williamstown, MA

2007
Finding Womban, Theater Project, Baltimore, MD


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Spilt Milk, Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA

2015
Addis Video Art Festival: Grounded Through Movement, Museum of Modern Art, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

What It Is and What It Ain't - co-curator and featured artist, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY

Dispositions, Defribillator Gallery, Chicago, IL

Conversando - assisted Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in a live performance, 12th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
The Great American Performance Art Festival, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 

Performance Forum: Alpha Wormyn, Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY

SMFA MFA Thesis Show, The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA 

END RECORDINGS: Graduate Students Thesis Screenings, Museum of Fine Arts - Alfond Auditorium, Boston, MA

Transient Vessels: Bodies Through Boston and Washington, DC, Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Pozen Center, Boston, MA

Mapping the Dorchesterway Part Two, Medicine Wheel, Boston, MA

2014
Performance as Life - co-curator and featured artist, Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY 

Performance Platform Lublin, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland 

Habla Lamadre – assisted Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in a live performance, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY 

Not Obtuse if You Look Harder, Piano Factory Gallery, Boston, MA 

Oppositional Realities, Emerson College Gallery, Boston, MA 

Convergence Part I, Khaki Gallery, Boston, MA

2012
Morgan Touch: Reflecting on Influence, Identity, and Purpose, James E. Lewis Museum - Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 

Dialogues, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC 

2011
Sacred Reflections: Creative Visions of Faith, David C. Driskell Center - University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2008
Celebrating Abyssinia to Harlem and Back - co-curator and featured artist, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, New York, NY 

Black Women’s Art Festival, Vivant Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Harlem Artists, Casa Frela Gallery, New York, NY 

Home Base, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, New York, NY 

African Artists Celebrating Ethiopian Millennium, Blackburn Gallery - Howard University, Washington, DC 

Girls Gotta Run, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY


SELECTED PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2015
Dopest DC-opian - funded by School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston & Tufts University, Arat Kilo — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Weaving Capitals - funded by School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston & Tufts University, Weaving Compound — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2014
These Words Matter Part II - funded by the Boston Arts Commission, Boston Arts Festival (Ahts), Boston, MA 

These Words Matter - funded by the Boston Arts Commission, Dudley Square - Roxbury, MA 

2012
Lakeland Heritage Mural - funded by University of Maryland, University of Maryland - College Park, College Park, MD 

2010 
Park View Stories Community Mural - funded by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and Art + Media House, Park View Recreation Center, Washington, DC 

Love of Life - funded by Art + Media House, The National Zoo, Washington, DC 

2009
Dream Green - funded by MMYC, Maryland Multicultural Youth Center, Riverdale, MD

2008
The Great Migration - funded by DC Commission on the Arts + Humanities, Georgia Avenue Mural Project, Washington, DC 

The World of Columbia Heights - funded by Art + Media House, Irving Street (between 14th St & 15th St), Washington, DC


SELECTED AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2015
Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship - Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)

Professional Development Grant - San Francisco Art Institute

Graduate Student Travel Grant - Tufts University

Dedalus Foundation Masters of Fine Arts Fellowship Nomination - The Dedalus Foundation 

2014 
Montague Travel Grant - School of the Museum of Fine Arts 

Graduate Student Research Grant - Tufts University 

President’s Research Award - School of the Museum of Fine Arts 

Boit Award - School of the Museum of Fine Arts 


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2010
Baltimore City Highlandtown Healthy Living Center, Baltimore, MD


PRESS

2015
Holland Cotter, "Havana's Vital Biennial Was Trumped by a Stifled Voice," The New York Times, July 1, 2015

Cate McQuaid, "Head of the class: Six promising talents from local art schools," The Boston Globe, April 24, 2015

Blake E. Taylor, “Museum of Fine Arts and Citizen’s Bank team up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” The Mass Media, January 26, 2015

2014
Nikkitha Bakshani, “10 Things to Do in Brooklyn for $10 or Less This Weekend,” Village Voice, November 7, 2014 

Andrew Doerfler“Defining contemporary art, or not: Student curators bring disparate artists to campus gallery,” The Berkeley Beacon, January 23, 2014

2012 
Amber Larkins, “College Park councilman, artist of all ages paint community mural”, The Sentinel, December 7, 2012

2011 
Jeanette Der Bedrosian, “Eastern Middle Adds New Mural,” The Gazette, March 30, 2011

2007
 Liben Eabisa, “Addis Heights Millennium Arts Exhibition Series to be Launched in Harlem, NY,” Tadias Magazine, March 30, 2007

2006 
Lisa Tome, “Veterans accept colorful challenge,” Rising Sun Herald, September 4, 2006

2005 
Mary Helen Sprecher, “At J. Ruhrah, class teaches respect for art, each other,” Baltimore South East Guide, December 7, 2005


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015 - 2016
Full-time Visiting Faculty/AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Undergraduate and Graduate courses: Contemporary Practice, Graduate Critique Seminar, Issues in Contemporary Art - Performance Art, The Artist Body)

2014 - 2015
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (City Studio Program)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (Undergraduate and Graduate courses: Performance Persona, Graduate Painting Studio, Intermediate Painting Studio, Death of Painting Seminar)


VISITING ARTIST LECTURES/TALKS 

2016
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2010
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

2009
Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

Petrichor Performance Art Collective, Boston, MA – founding member 
College Art Association, New York, NY - member 
Art Council of African Studies Association, New York, NY – member 
Black Artists of DC, Washington, DC – member
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