Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud is an interdisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. A third generation artist, she has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her creative practice takes on many forms including land/site-specific installations, painting and drawing, writing, and sound performances. Recurring themes in her work include: mapping land/space, diaspora, minimalism, sensation, and ritual.
Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud oversees program initiatives throughout the U.S. at nonprofits and in higher education, with a focus on community-building, sustainability, and creativity. She founded labotanica, an interdisciplinary studio, which was part of the Incubation Program at Project Row Houses 2009-11. Projects she has conceived and led include Hear Her Ear, a series devoted to women in sound art; School of Latitudes, an artist residency, and workshops including Writing in the Margins presented at Project Row Houses and How to Frame Pauses, Holism, and Magical Thinking in New Arts Infrastructures at Art League Houston, among others. In 2016 she was an Advisory Council Member of the Mayor’s Art and Cultural Plan for the City of Houston. Currently, she is director of education and public programs at the Houston Botanic Garden, creating the organization's first-ever public programs which will link plants/nature, people and culture. She also serves on the board of directors of Techne, a national arts organization introducing young women and girls to technology-focused art making.
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