Artists Talk: Murjoni Merriweather and Jessica Bastidas

December 15, 2022, 6–7 p.m.
dyptich of works by Merriweather and Bastidas

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required.

Join us for a series of talks featuring the artists in Activating the Renaissance, an exhibition that seeks to illustrate the connections between the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods and contemporary art, each offering insights into the other. In this last of three interviews, artists Murjoni Merriweather and Jessica Bastidas are in conversation with Jeffrey Kent, artist and Chief Curator of the Peale Center, and Joaneath Spicer, the James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art. The speakers will discuss the themes in the show and their artistic practice. This program was developed in conjunction with the exhibition Activating the Renaissance, currently on view at the Walters through February 26.


About the Guest Speakers:

Murjoni Merriweather is a sculptor from Maryland. She has found that the best way to create and talk about black culture is through art, especially claywork. As a student from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Merriweather creates sculpted beings that are based around real people and real experiences. Her work addresses and eliminates stereotypes through clay portraits and video work. With this, she enjoys going against the European standards of “beauty” that are placed upon people of color and normalizing what is natural about black bodies.

Jessica Bastidas completed her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design (MICA) in May 2016 with a dual major in Illustration and Humanistic Studies, a minor in Art History, and concentrations in Printmaking and Book Arts. In May 2017, Bastidas completed MICA’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. Bastidas currently teaches at McDonogh High School in Maryland. Over the years, Bastidas has exhibited principally in PA, NY, and MD with international exhibitions in Italy, São Tomé, France, the Commonwealth of Dominica and the United Kingdom.

Jeffrey Kent is a multidisciplinary artist. His artwork is conceptual, informed by the historical and the personal, inextricably linked. Kent’s artwork is a passionate investigation of issues related to the political and economic foundations of freedom and the role of responsible citizenship. Kent explores the intimate experience of the individual interacting with the idiosyncrasies of their world—specifically the experience of the black American citizen.
Instagram: @itisjeffreykent


December 15, 2022


6–7 p.m.



Supporter Price



Talks & Lectures, Thursday Night

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