Aliana Grace Bailey

Aliana Grace Bailey was born and raised in Northwest Washington, DC. She is a practicing artist, graphic designer, surface pattern designer, educator, and passionate advocate for radical self-love, wellness, and victim services. In 2014, she graduated from North Carolina A&T State University, where she double-majored, earning a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Art in Visual Arts Media Design.

In May 2020, Aliana earned her MFA in Community Arts and a Certificate in the College Teaching of Art from Maryland Institute College of Art. Aliana has held residences in Ghana, Maryland, and Washington DC.

In 2017, she completed the rigorous Art for Social Impact fellowship at The Sanctuaries and launched its socially-engaged Teaching Artist program. Working as a teaching artist for several years, Aliana has created and facilitated art-making for various social justice activations and communities, as well as educating groups on how to utilize art for empowerment, activism, and organizing.

In 2019, Aliana was the featured teaching artist at Evenings at the Edge: Wonder Woman at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. While in Baltimore, Maryland, her passions continued to grow, becoming an advocate for grief support, working with survivors of homicide since 2018. Aliana is a recipient of the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation Fellowship, the Leslie King Hammond Graduate Fellowship, the Libby Bowerman ’82 Fellowship, and TILA Studios Above Four Fund.

In the Summer of 2021, Aliana will be an apprentice at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2022, she will be exhibiting in Manufactured Narratives at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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