Nafis M. White
 

Education:
 

2016
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. 
MFA Candidate Printmaking, Class of 2018

2015-2016
Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK.
Study Abroad

2012-15
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. 
BFA Sculpture, Concentration in Art History.
Highest Honors 2012-2015

2009-12
City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 
A.A. Arts and Humanities. 
Highest Honors 2009-2012
 

Exhibitions:

Upcoming Shows & Events:

  • Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Sun, Arts and Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI 
  • Drawing A Line Under Torture,  OXO Tower Wharf, London, UK
  • Heirlooms, Benson Gallery, Providence RI

Select Exhibitions:

2017

  • Brotha, Curated by Ashley King, Overlook Place, Chicago, IL
  • Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter-Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
  • RISD Museum Dorner Prize 2017, Juried by Eduardo Duarte, Dominic Molon, Deb Clemons, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
  • Our America: Critical Perspectives on Americana, Curated by Anna McNeary and Aaron Simmons, Providence, RI
  • Nasty Women, Curated by Yes Ma'am, with AP Art Lab, San Antonio, TX 
  • Mutual Encounters, Curated by Anina Majors and Vanessa Romero, Providence, RI

2016

  • Accessory, A Gun Fad Curated by George Perez, RedLine, Denver, CO 
  • Every Five Minutes, Curated by Adam Forrester, Columbus State University ArtLAB & Bay Gallery, Columbus, GA
  • Vernacular Spectacular, Curated by Drew Litowitz and Cem Eskinazi, RISD, Providence, RI
  • It Can Happen HereCurated by the Arts + Literature Laboratory Curatorial Board in collaboration with juror Reggie Baylor. Madison, WI
  • What Cannot Be Said Will Be Wept, a solo exhibition at Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK
  • Intimacy^queered, Curated by Yannik Stevens and Leah Aegerter, RISD, Providence, RI
  • Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, Envisioned & Called Forth by Simone Leigh, New Museum, NY
  • Truth to Power, Curated by Jamila Hooker and Warren Brand, Philadelphia, PA
  • VIRAL: 25 Years from Rodney King, Curated by Daryl Elaine Wells, Oakland, CA
  • further still..., Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK
  • Hysteria, Autograph ABP, London, UK
  • Videodrome #8, Curated by Francis Almendarez, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
  • Raid The Database, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI
  • Wade in the Water: A Year of the Movement for Black Lives, Edited by Maya Meredith in connection with Artists Against Police Violence, New York, NY
  • Artists for Black Lives Matter, N'Namdi Contemporary, Miami, FL 

2015

  • Necessary Force: Art in a Police State, Curated by Karen Fiss and Kym Pinder, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM 
  • Artists Drawing A Line Under Torture, Freedom From Torture 30th Anniversary Art Auction, London, UK
  • Justified Art!, Overture Center For The Arts, Madison, WI
  • Documenting Resistance, AS220, Providence, RI
  • Rhode Island Art Archive Project: Film Premiere, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI
  • Expanded Field: Traversing The Archeology Of Gender, Gelman Gallery At The RISD Museum, Curated By Nafis White, García Sinclair And Nicholas Fernandez, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI 
  • Queering Kawara, An art intervention: Silence, On Kawara Retrospective, Curated By Jeffrey Weiss Of The Guggenheim Museum. “One Million Years” Is Organized As A Continuous Live Reading Of The Artist’s Work, The Steady Recitation Of Numbers From A Vast Ledger, Which Will Be Performed On The Ground Floor Of The Museum’s Rotunda, NY
  • Drawing From The Fragments Of Absence,  with García Sinclair, Metcalf Gallery, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI
  • Mile High, Red Hot, Duo Show With García Sinclair - Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI 
  • Glitterbomb, National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • 1st Annual RISD Special Collections Artists Book Contest, RISD, Providence, RI
  • RISD Senior Group Show, Curated By Mark Moscone, Woods Gerry Gallery Space, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI 
  • Reflections On Freedom: Harvard Black Arts Festival, Arts@ 29 Garden, Curated By Paige Woods, Cambridge, MA
  • By Appointment Only, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI
  • Artists Against Police ViolenceEMW Bookstore Curated By Jess X. Chen, Kyla Cheung, and Sam Sainthil, Cambridge, MA 
  • Not So Simple, Red Eye Gallery, Curated By Ian Foulk And Mary Ellen Hawkins, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI
  • Respond!, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY 

2014

  • Art | Basel Miami Beach, Yellow Peril Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
  • Kindred, Gelman Gallery At The RISD Museum, Curated By Kelly Walters And Tia Blassingame, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI. (Dec 5, 2014 - Feb 1, 2015)
  • Pale FireworkGelman Gallery at the RISD Museum, Curated By Mo Kong, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 
  • Southern New England Tiny Print Encounter, Curated by Ian Cozzens, AS220, Providence, RI
  • Ubiquity - Cutlog Artfair, Yellow Peril Gallery, NY
  • The Reading RoomGelman Gallery at the RISD Museum, Curated By Wangui Maina and Seojung Min, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • The Jenks Society for Lost Museums, Led by Mark Dion, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Sitings 2014: RISD Museum, Juried By Brian Chippendale, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI
  • Revolve, Oakland Pride Creative Arts & Film Festival, Curated by Monica Anderson, Oakland, CA
  • Please Wait, Generating..., Taylor Baldwin Studio, Providence, RI
  • More Permanent Than Now, Metcalf Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • Passage and Place, National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • Museum Takeover, RISD Museum, Juried by the RISD Programming Board, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 
  • The Beloved CommunityExposé Gallery, Co-Curated with García Sinclair, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2013

  • More Beautiful For Having Been BrokenList Gallery, Brown University, Curated by Jennifer Avery, Providence, RI
  • RISDiversity; A Community Narratives Project, RISD Campus Wide InstallationConcept and Photography by Adam Mastoon, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping, AS220 Project Space, Co-Curated with García Sinclair, Providence, RI
  • Under the Influence, Gelman Gallery at the RISD Museum, Curated by Janet Shih and Chihao Yo, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • Sitings 2013RISD Museum, Juried By Alejandro Díaz, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI 
  • Ransom, Wayfarers Gallery, Curated by George Ferrandi, Brooklyn, NY
  • Cream of the Crop, Cherry on Top, Exposé Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • This Placement, Roots Cultural Center, Curated by RISD's Black Artists And Designers, Providence, RI 

2012

  • White Tie Show, Exposé Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • Matter!, The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Decoration: Indulgence & Iniquity, Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Student Exhibition, City College Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • The 37th Annual Holiday Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Awards, Fellowships & Scholarships:

2016
RISD Fellowship -
Graduate Studies

2015
Goldsmiths University of London - Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence
J Stahl Webber Scholarship - Academic Excellence
RISD Scholarship - Academic Excellence
G. H. &  A. D. Simpson Scholarship - Academic Excellence
Steven T. Mendelson Award - Finalist

2014
RISD Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Fellowship, Children's Defense Fund and Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman. Clinton, TN.
RISD Staff Council Student Award Scholarship - Academic Excellence
J Stahl Webber Scholarship - Academic Excellence
RISD Scholarship - Academic Excellence

2013
J Stahl Webber Scholarship - Academic Excellence
RISD Scholarship - Academic Excellence

2012
Council on Black American Affairs Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship 
- Semi-Finalist
RISD Scholarship - Academic Excellence

2011
Bernard and Babro Osher Scholarship
Ralph and Doris Hillsman Scholarship
Associated Students Scholarship
Council on Black American Affairs Scholarship
Bertha Vee Chinn Hunnicutt and Ethel Sadie Tutt Chinn Memorial Scholarship

2010
Council on Black American Affairs Scholarship
Martha and Vincent Constantino Endowment
Barbara Rosenthal Scholarship
Melvia Toler Scholarship

 

Publications/Press:

2016
bluestockings. March 26th. "Featured Artist Nafis White. Let's Go All the Way In!"
Huffington Post, If This Art Could Vote. September 2016. "Can I Get A Witness"

2015
EMW Bookstore/Borderlands 2015. "SCULPTURIST FROM FERGUSON ASKS, "CAN I GET A WITNESS?" WITH ARTISTS AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE [NAFIS WHITE]"
Hyperallergic. February 13th. "After a Call for Change, Artists Respond." Jillian Steinhauer
The Providence Journal. January 24th. "Out of Town: RISD artist has work in Brooklyn show responding to Eric Garner case." Alan Rosenberg
The New York Times. January 22nd. "Raging at Racism, From Streets to Galleries." Holland Cotter
Our RISD. February 3rd. "KINDRED Sparks Discussion." Abigail Crocker

2014
Our RISD. December 29th. "Reflective Work Resonates." Simone Solondz
Artists Against Police Violence. Dec 9th. 
Our RISD. December 8th. "KINDRED." Abigail Crocker
New York Times. July 28th. "Discarded Museum is Resurrected at Brown." Henry Fountain
Our RISD. February 19th. "Winning Installations Unveiled at Museum." Simone Solondz
Our RISD. January 29th. "Celebrating RISD's Personal Narratives." Simone Solondz
RISD Center for Student Engagement. January 23rd. "The Beloved Community Exposé Opening." Jennifer Mai

2013
RISD Museum Studio Notes. November 20th. "Waiting For Godot."
RISD Student Stories. March 22nd. “Students Unveil New Museum Pieces.” Simone Solondz. 

2012
LA Weekly, Los Angeles. April 5th.  "Cai Guo-Qiang's Gunpowder Paintings at MOCA."
The Curve, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  March 7th.  “Artists Assist and Artist: Sketches from the Gunpowder Front Lines at MOCA.”
The Curve, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  March 5th. “Meet Cai’s Gunpowder Drawing Team.”