Ayana Evans will discuss her career and current work. She will also recount/give tips on what has worked for her socially and financially as a performance artist living in New York, who is sometimes considered radical. 

Ayana Evans is a NYC-based performance artist. Her guerilla-style performances have been staged at El Museo del Barrio, The Barnes Foundation, The Bronx Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum, Newark Museum, Queens Museum, and a variety of free public  locations. Her performances have been reviewed in The New York TimesBomb Magazine,  ArtNet, Hyperallergic, and New York Magazine's The Cut. She was a 2017-2018 awardee of the Franklin Furnace Fund for performance, 2018 New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) Fellow for Interdisciplinary Arts, 2021-2022 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, 2021-22 Professor of the Practice at Brown University, and 2022 Chamberlain Award winner at Headlands Art Center. Her past residencies include Yaddo, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Evans' most recent projects included a performance in Simone Leigh’s Loophole of Retreat at the Venice Biennale and the development of a career fair and outdoor projection series that welcomed over 175 formerly incarcerated individuals and transformed the job-hunting space into a fun environment. Evans is currently a professor at Brooklyn College and NYU. 

Event Status

Free and Open to the Public