Shumate Spotlight: artist Dejiah Archie-Davis

Reg Zehner

Jan 05, 2021

Artist Deijah Archie-Davis stands outside in a bright pink fedora in front of a field of sunflowers

For more than a decade, the Shumate Council has been a Wex leadership group supported by a generous endowment from Renée and Alex Shumate. Council members and other partners collaborate with the Center on opportunities and methods for engaging Black audiences and contemporary art, including contributing essays engaging directly with contemporary art and related issues.

For today's spotlight, we're sharing a conversation from the Shumate Council blog between Reg Zehner and Dejiah Archie-Davis, a Columbus-based artist who explores "lots of different types of art-making, curating, programming, and world-making," in Zehner's words. The two discuss topics ranging from what keeps Archie-Davis excited about art-making to what she's been listening to lately. 

Read the full interview here.

Reg Zehner is a curator, writer, DJ and sculptor whose work explores the abstraction of Black American histories, sonic intimacies and digital images. They co-founded Friend, an artist platform promoting creatives of color, and they participate in Lava Reign, a Black DJ collection. Reg has presented research on digital intimacy and the spectral hauntings of land and Blackness. This past spring, Reg graduated with a BFA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from Columbus College of Art and Design. Currently they are working on building educational models on abolition, organizing and world building.

Dejiah Archie-Davis photo: Emma Brown

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