Taylor Barnes is the TVQG 2018/2019 scholarship awardee from the University of North Texas. The award was $2,500. Taylor, from Dallas, TX is a Fibers MFA candidate at the university.
She is an artist working with concepts of race, identity, and displacement. Being an African American woman in Texas, Taylor brings a personal lens into contemporary American art. Topics expressed in her work are momemts of feeling othered, and inevitable truths of being a black woman in America today. Ways in which she has been taught and prompted in maneuvering through life, sharing moments and revealing personal experiences, and challenging them with critical and historical rhetoric, all inform Taylor's practice. Her work is comprised of mixed media works on cloth and sculpture.