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Kim Dacres (b. 1986, Bronx, NY) is a Jamaican-American artist and teacher. She received her Bachelor's degree from Williams College as a dual major in Art Studio and Political Science, and minored in Africana Studies. She has her Masters degree in Education focusing on Teaching English as Second Language K-12 from Lehman College at the City University of New York. Kim has extensive experience as a teacher, coach, and principal in New York City schools and after school programs. She digs on documentaries, sports and teamwork, working with children, civics, examining social spaces, and the idea of a universal spirit. She approaches her work with enthusiasm for life and accountability for the stories of everyday people of color. Kim formally began her full time art practice in 2017. In 2018 Kim had her first yearlong public art installation, Peaceful Perch, in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. In 2019 she completed her first solo exhibition, Swerve Team Meeting, as an emerging artist fellow at the A.I.R. gallery in New York City. This coming fall, she will be a fellow of the 40th cohort of the Bronx Museum’s AIM program and will also participate in a group show at Galleria Anna Marra in Rome. Kim lives and practices her studio work in Harlem.

Artist Statement:
"I am a Jamaican American visual artist and educator from the Bronx. My work considers the texture of a person - the style and journeys of black individuals, and the fragments of their identities that hold them together. In my indoor and outdoor installations I explore the presence of black bodies and cultural identifiers in relation to the space and social environment.  My works highlight hair and facial features to explore themes of race, gender, presence, resistance and environmental sustainability.
The color, strength, and free abundance of the materials that I use- discarded auto tires and tubes – are strong motivators for my practice. I identify with the materials, seeing them as tribal in their treads and utilizing found and recycled objects that can enhance a particular piece. The core of my process involves collecting and disassembling different types of tires and wrapping them around themselves or wooden armatures using screws, weaving, and braiding techniques. In this process of shaping the materials, the rubber's experience of travel and terrain transforms in to layers of experience that form muscle, bone, skin, hair, and style. The skin and structure become a futuristic combination of varied human experiences and stories accumulated over time, while nodding to a tradition of African bust-making.
I primarily use tires and other found objects because they represent connected commerce and a hardworking aesthetic of being used, repaired, reused, and then discarded. By combining my intersectional voice with adaptive reuse of materials, I’m investigating how black women and people of color can change the world to be to a softer place; to broaden the perceptions of presence in public space; and, the idea of who is deserving of honorifics and monuments."

 

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KIM DACRES
b. 1986, Bronx, New York
Lives and works in Harlem, New York

EDUCATION
2010:     Master of Science in Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12, Lehman College at
              The City University of New York – Bronx, NY
2008:     Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Art Studio; minor in Africana Studies Williams College, Williamstown, MA

FELLOWSHIPS & RESIDENCIES
2020:     Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace (A.I.M) Fall 2020 Fellow. Bronx, NY. 
              (Postponed until Spring 2021 due to Covid-19 Pandemic)
2018-19: Emerging Artist Fellowship. A.I.R Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019:     Swerve Team Meeting – Curated by Patricia Hernandez and Roxanna Fabius. A.I.R Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
2018:     Peaceful Perch - Curated by Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. Collaboration with Daniel Alexander Matthews. NY, NY
2017:     The Cabinet – Curated by the Artist. Empire Harley Davidson. New Rochelle, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020:    Wisdom Embedded in the Treads, GAVLAK Los Angeles, September 2020
2020:     Parallels and Peripheries: Fractals and Fragments, Curated: Larry Ossei-Mensah, Galleria Anna Marra, Rome, Italy.
2020:     Showfields x Larry Ossei-Mensah for Black Lives Matter, Curated with Tam Gryn
2020:     Confidence in the Future, Curated by Rebecca Pristoop for The Bronx Council of the Arts, Longwood Gallery
              at Hostos Community College. Bronx, New York
2019:     Parallels and Peripheries: Migration and Mobility, Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah Visual Arts Center, Rockville, MD
2008:     ...the horse you rode in on, Williams College. Williamstown, MA
2007:     Untitled Wood, Williams College. Williamstown, MA
2006:     Metal, “Crawl In - Can Anyone Hear Me?,” Williams College. Williamstown, MA
2006:     Let Me Tell You A Story: Days I Couldn’t Walk, Williams College. Williamstown, MA

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
2017-Present: Afterschool Instructor, 87AfterSchool. NY, NY
Archery Instructor Grades 3-5
Painting & Collage Instructor Grades K-2
Woodworking Instructor Grades 2-5 (Beginning 2019)
3D Doodle & Design Instructor Grades 2-5 (Beginning 2019)
P.S. 87 Art Curriculum Advisor & Instructional Coach (Beginning 2019)
2017-19: Artist Assistant and Projects Manager, Maren Hassinger Studio. NY, NY
2017-18: Women’s 15s Team Head Coach, Village Lions Rugby Football Club. NY, NY
2016-17: Assistant Professor of Practice, Relay Graduate School of Education. NY, NY
2011-16: Harlem Prep Charter School, Democracy Prep Public Schools. NY, NY
Middle School Principal Grades 6-8 (2012-2016)
Assistant Principal Grades 5-6 (2012-13) 
Art Teacher Grades K-5 (2011-12)
Reading Teacher Grade 4 (2011-12)
2008-11: English as Second Language Teacher (Grade 5), Public School 195. Bronx, NY
2006: Steamboat Foundation Intern, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Boston, MA


PRESS & PANELS
2020:    Confidence in the Future Public Program Webinar with Jessica Clemente of Quedamos and artists
             Toisha Tucker and Charlie Elo moderated by Arianna Reyes and Rebecca Pristoop (May 2020)
2019:    Parallels and Peripheries: Migration and Mobility Artist Talk and Panel with Ferguson Amos, Kim Dacres,
             Olalekan Jeyifous, and Ludovic Nkoth, and moderated by Larry Ossei-Mensah. The Visual Arts Center,
             Rockville, MD.
             11 Outdoor Installations to See in New York This Summer, The New York Times.
             Kim Dacres ’04 Gives Tires and Artistic Retread, The Lawrenceville School Alumni Magazine (May 2019).
             Public Art Exhibits by Women on Display at NYC Parks, The NYC Parks Dept.
2018:    Two New Art Installations Arriving in Marcus Garvey Park, GothamToGo.Com
2014:    How’d You Get There? School Principal Kim Dacres ’08, Nick Fogel, A Thousand Sunrises & Williams College
             Alumni Office, NY.

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