ABOG Fellow for Socially Engaged Art
Joseph A. Cuillier III is a designer, artist, poet, and educator, deeply dedicated to art and design’s capacity to connect individuals, communities, and causes. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute in 2013, focusing on the relationship between design, language, and social criticism. He is an Adjunct Professor at Purchase College School of Art+Design. Cuillier was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Book Arts (2015) and New Mexico Poetics Seminar (2016), and received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University. In 2015, he published a book of poetry “The Sensitive Boy Slumber Party Manifesto” with The Operating System Press.
His ABOG Fellowship will support The Black School, an experimental art school that will use socially engaged art and Black history to educate Black/PoC students and allies in becoming radical agents of social change by combining art making workshops, radical Black political theory, group discussions, and public projects that address community needs. The project will initiate a 9-week program at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, implementing a series of skill share workshops conducted by visiting artists, and culminate with a publication and a public program showcasing the students’ work.