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John Biggers Seed Project Photography

January 07, 2014  •  1 Comment

I have recently had the honor of photographing thirteen emerging artists for the John Biggers Seed Project (Seed).  Seed is a public art and collaborative design effort that engages renowned African American artists in mentoring emerging artists.  This will be achieved by educating the artists about African American art and community history, providing career development and transferable skills, and creating a sense of place that speaks to the culture of North Minneapolis.  My role will be to document this project as it evolves over the course of the next year or so.

I also served as photographer for the "Celebration of Life" mural project almost 20 years ago.  Seed is inspired by "Celebration of Life", an acclaimed public artwork led by John Biggers, a preeminent African American artist and painter.  That collaboration was similar in scope to this one and it was created in North Minneapolis as well.  It began the careers of several young Twin Cities artists and organizations including Obsidian Arts and Juxtaposition Arts.   The project marked the beginning of my involvement in the Minneapolis Arts community .

This is an exciting opportunity for me to be involved in this project for the second time.  My hope is that my contribution will help to bear witness to this new chapter of art making in the Twin Cities and the incredibly talented artists we have in our community.
Please check out this link for more information on the Seed Project.  Click on the link for Mid-Career and Emerging Artists.  That is where you will find my photos on the City of Minneapolis website.






Celebrating Women WARM Show runs through 11/22/13. St. Benedict's College, St. Joseph, MN

October 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

WARM - Celebrating Women Juried Show

September 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I will be showing two pieces in a juried show with WARM (Women's Art Resources Minnesota) from October 11 to November 22, 2013!


                                                College of St. Benedict
                                                Benedicta Arts Center (Gorecki Gallery)
                                                37 S. College Ave.
                                                St. Joseph, MN. 56374
OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, October 26th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Please come check out this show and attend the opening reception if you can! 
peace, love, and art........Stephanie
"sistahs having a good time"


 "praise dancer"

The Diastema Project 2013

August 06, 2013  •  1 Comment

Christopher Kim 2 Ayo


diastema (daɪəˈstiːmə) is a medical term for an abnormal space, fissure, or cleft in a bodily organ or part; a gap between the teeth.

A diastema can be caused by structural abnormalities, tongue thrusting, lip biting or missing teeth.

There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin.  It is the basis of folklore that dates back to the Middle Ages.  Chaucer wrote of the "gap toothed wife of Bath" in the "The Canterbury Tales" whose gap was believed to be the basis of her insatiable lust. It has also been said that a gap in the teeth is the sign of Venus, the "goddess of love". Sean Ms. Betty Shana



In some African cultures, diastema is regarded as being attractive, and a sign of fertility and wisdom. Some people have even had them created through cosmetic dentistry to enhance their appearance or to perhaps construct what some in France would say are "dents du bonheur" ("lucky teeth").  Others have considered it a deformity that needs to be removed because they find it unappealing. 
Diastema occurs more often in females than males.  Black people have a higher incidence of diastema compared to other cultures.  There are many famous African Americans who have them -
Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Strahan, Condeleeza Rice, Eddie Murphy, & Morgan Freeman to name a few.

What is the aesthetic relationship between culture, age, ethnicity, sex and a gap-toothed grin?

This project seeks to explore this question, and the issue of beauty and identity as it relates to having gapped teeth.  Do those of us who have inherited this imperfection seek to change it or do we choose to embrace it as something that makes us unique? What does a diastema mean in a culture where beauty is narrowly defined and perfectly conceived? Renee Stephanie


Jayla Yolunda

More photos can be seen in The Diastema Project Gallery -

las puertas de Barcelona

July 26, 2013  •  2 Comments

I recently had the fortune to be able to visit Spain with my dear friend Ann.  We spent most of our time in Barcelona, but also traveled to Girona and Montserrat.  It was an amazing cultural experience.  The sights and sounds of Espana were exhilarating.  The urban landscape was something to behold with a seamless blend of old and new.  The architecture was stunning and reminded me that other parts of the world have history that we don't have here in the United States.  


I was captivated by the variety of doors that I happened upon while I walked the streets of the Barri Gotic, Eixample, and La Ramblas.  I was in photographic heaven because there was so much to see.  I snapped many photos, but have only a few of them here.  This video depicts a snapshot of part of my incredible journey.  I hope you enjoy the trip!


peace, love & art






video - las puertas de Barcelona sagrada familia


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