About Us

OUR MISSION

Black Women in Visual Art (BWVA) is an organization for womxn, visual art and culture professionals of the African Diaspora. BWVA aims to foster networks, share resources and develop programs with the goal of increasing visibility for women in the global majority. BWVA was created to steward and nurture enduring representation and leadership in the visual arts and cultural sector.

Our Goals

⚡Promote lasting equity in the visual arts and cultural ecosystem
⚡Cultivate effective mentorship across the sector
⚡Participate in arts advocacy
⚡Provide opportunities for educational + professional development

Who We Serve

Art Historians. Museum Directors. Arts Educators. Art Professors. Cultural Organization Workers. Arts Administrators and Managers. Curators. Arts Entrepreneurs. Art Critics and Writers.

Whether emerging in the art world or a long standing Director, we want to CONNECT, CULTIVATE and THRIVE with you!

Who We Are

Meet The Founders

Lauren Jackson Harris
Lauren Jackson Harris

Lauren Harris is a fine art management professional, independent curator, and creative director from Atlanta, GA. After earning her BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from Howard University, Lauren quickly immersed herself into New York City’s art landscape, in addition to the growing arts scene in Washington, DC. With an MA in Creative Business Leadership from SCAD, she uses her innovative strategies and progressive ideas to help ignite the arts community and create new avenues for artists. Lauren worked as the Manager and Curator of ZuCot Gallery, a black-owned fine art gallery exhibiting the works of notable Black artists in Atlanta, Georgia. She continues to work with artists and collectors as manager and consultant. She is gifted in arts marketing and stays on the pulse of art world activity. Lauren currently works with the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective, a program that prepares undergraduates for careers in the visual arts.

Daricia Mia DeMarr
Daricia Mia DeMarr

Daricia Mia is from Los Angeles, California. She launched her collegiate career at Clark Atlanta University but received a BA in Art History from Georgia State University and master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. She is an arts enthusiast, ideas fanatic, curator and visual arts consultant. In 2015 she was invited to curate a special exhibition, ‘Respectfully Yours,’ at the Queens Museum, Bulova Center with renowned street artist Lady Pink. Daricia Mia was the assistant director at the NYU Kimmel Center Galleries organizing and curating over 100 exhibits in five years. She was a member of the renowned Art Program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from 2018-2020. Under her consultancy Pi Arts Projects, Daricia Mia has worked with galleries, dealers and private clients, as well as curated exhibits in NYC, Miami and Atlanta. She has been Assistant Producer on documentary films and has writing contributions among her experience. Daricia Mia is a cross disciplinary person with curious interests in most everything and routinely seeks to create spaces for critical engagement through arts and culture.

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