2015 Judge -- Amiri Geuka Farris
Amiri Geuka Farris received his Masters of Fine Art in Painting, with his B.F.A in Illustration and Graphic Design, from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at Scad and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. He is known for dynamic, powerful artwork that combines an alluring blend of vivid colors, layered textures, and a signature use of Adinkra symbols. The images of Sea Island culture that are evoked in his work introduce viewers to uplifting moments and insight into his contemporary view of culture. At the heart of Amiri’s artistic vision is the desire to capture the essence and tell the history of the Gullah-Geechee people and their way of life. His dedication to that vision was rewarded in 2012 when he was the co-recipient of a very prestigious award for preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In addition to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Amiri’s work has been exhibited and displayed in permanent collections nationally and internationally. He was named the 2008 “Artist of the Year” by the historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island, and is the current artist-in-residence at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island.
in my mixed media paintings I blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation. While making references to African american and Gullah geechee culture. I create layered esthetic designs to capture viewers and to create narrative often using modern and pop elements found in our media driven world. in my work I explore race, class, and cultural identity using various media and installations.
Amiri’s art studio, located at the Sea Island Art Center at the University of South Carolina’s Beaufort campus, is open by appointment. For more info about the artist, visit amiristudio.com.