Sabrina Nelson Selected as Alumni Juror for Re/View: CCS Alumni Exhibition

January 19, 2023

Admissions Counselor Sabrina Nelson speaking at her desk

We are excited to announce that Sabrina Nelson (Fine Arts ’91) has been selected as the Alumni Juror for Re/View: CCS Alumni Exhibition.

We are excited to announce that Sabrina Nelson (Fine Arts ’91) has been selected as the Alumni Juror for Re/View: CCS Alumni Exhibition. Her goal for the 2023 exhibition, which is presented by the CCS Alumni Council and runs concurrently with the CCS Student Exhibition, is to “honor past CCS students in the best light possible and lift their voices so our current body of students and community can see not only how we move creatively on the other side of our time at CCS, but also our continued commitment to remaining creative by all means necessary.”

A professional artist for more than 36 years,  Nelson has exhibited internationally and earned many accolades, including being recognized as a 2021 Kresge Visual Arts Fellow and receive the Women’s Caucus for Arts Lifetime Achievement Award recipient  in 2022. She is also an Arts Education Studio Assistant at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and Assistant Director of Admissions at CCS.

The Yoruba religion and Eastern and African philosophies influence her work, which includes sculptures, objects, murals, and installations and has been described as a combination of spirit, motion, and intimacy. A self-proclaimed “Artivist,” Sabrina has received the President’s Award for Art and Activism for the past 25 years. In her own words: “I believe in fighting for the rights of folks who cannot fight for themselves. I also believe my art is my superpower. In my works, I talk about what is happening in the world that I live in. I am the visual voice for those who have no voice; Women of Color, Children and Black/Brown Families who have been murdered. My work reflects Nina Simone’s and James Baldwin’s call to the racial injustices in the country.”

Sabrina has previously judged art competitions, curated art talks, and exhibits. As an Alumni Juror, she will review all submissions from CCS alumni and decide which will be featured in the 2023 Alumni Exhibition. (The portal for submissions will open on January 25 .)

“My hope is that many voices from our Institution will be heard and felt this coming May,” Sabrina said. “Whether your degree reads Society, Center or College — or even if you just attended — I will do my best to curate an alumni show that will garner attention and respect for what we do in this and other communities.”

Re/View: CCS Alumni Exhibition will open on Friday, May 12, in the Valade Family Gallery at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.



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