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Howard University Releases Session Two of ‘I Am Howard’ Video Interview Series

Tanekeya Word and Lisa Farrington

WASHINGTON – Howard University Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts has released its second session of a six-episode video interview series, titled “I AM HOWARD.” The series is now available on on WHUR and YouTube featuring alumni Lisa Farrington (B.F.A. ’78), assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts and Tanekeya Word (B.A. ’06), co-founder and creative director of the now defunct neonV magazine and founder of Black Women of Print. 

Established in October 2018, Black Women of Print is an African diaspora-centered digital homeplace for independent, midcareer and established Black women printmakers. Through illuminating work that has been overlooked, Word and the rest of the founding members desired to help educate others about historical Black female printmakers. However, the platform isn’t strictly for historical printmakers. The organization was particularly interested in a space where living contemporary Black women of print can come together and cultivate intergenerational knowledge. 

“As a scholar, I have read so much of Dr. Farrington’s written work. It was refreshing to see the beauty of her spirit and to hear stories of the Black women printmakers that I have long admired – Emma Amos, Elizabeth Catlett, Dr. Samella Lewis, Margaret TG Burroughs and so on – who were her friends. How insightful it was to hear this living history and to have her pass on the emic perspectives to the next generation,” said Word. “I hope to one day return back to Howard to give students what I received from the professors that helped raise me into the critical thinker and visual artist I am today.”

In session two, Farrington and Word discuss why they became Howard students as well as challenging adversities that arise for women artists, sustaining art culture, the desired impression of their own art and more.

Catch the full session on WHUR at http://whur.com/i-am-howard.

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About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that comprises 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. 

Media Contact: Aaliyah Butler, aaliyah.butler@howard.edu