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Alysia Klein and Charisse Harris Receive Akron Soul Train Fellowships

Charisse Harris, Soul Food Memories, 2018
Akron Soul Train recently announced their roster of 2018-19 fellows, which include current graduate student in painting, Alysia Klein and M.F.A. alumna in painting, Charisse Harris.  They are among eleven total visual artists and two musicians who received the honor this year.  Each artist receives a grant to support their creative projects during a selected time period where they are resident artists.

Alysia Klein will be creating a body of work in her studio during her residency as well as working with a non-profit homeless tent village in Akron called The Homeless Charity and Village.  She will work on a creative project at the village.  The details of the project are to be announced at a later date.

Charisse Harris (M.F.A. ’16), who currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, will be exploring the complexities of soul food in black culture through forming autobiographical miniature sculptures. These sculptures will function as expanded self portraits while exploring the evolution and complexities of soul food in Black culture. Her hope is to draw out meaning in what we eat, illustrate how food habits change for everyone, and consider soul food’s place in the greater American food discourse.

For updates on their projects, follow the Akron Soul Train on Facebook.  Akron Soul Train is an artist residency village connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines, thereby fostering a more vibrant downtown Akron. 

Header image: Bread Winner and Place Your Bets by Alysia Klein

Image within text: Soul Food Miniature by Charisse Harris