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KIM DACRES
Born 1986, Bronx, NY
Lives and works in Harlem, NY

Kim Dacres is a first-generation American sculptor of Jamaican descent, who uses found tires and rubber from automobiles and bicycles to create sculptures inspired by people and ideas. The core of Dacres’ process involves collecting, wrapping, reassembling, and disassembling tires; eventually treating these materials with spray paint or enamel. Her sculptures are held together using screws and braiding techniques. In this process of material layering, the rubber is transformed into abstract shapes, evoking muscle, bone, skin, and hair.

Fascinated by the complexities of varied personalities in her community, and the fragments of experience that tend to shape perception, Kim is committed to an ongoing practice of representing everyday people of color—exploring the paradigm of entitlement to space, 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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