Safiyah Cheatam (she/her) is a Baltimore-based conceptual and social practice artist, researcher, digital storyteller, arts educator and afrofuturist. For her work as a co-producer of her awards-nominated podcast OBSIDIAN, she is the recipient of a Red Bull Arts Microgrant and Rubys Artist Grant by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Safiyah has notably collaborated with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Center for the Study of Religion in the City, Black Islam Syllabus, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation, and has recently completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, BmoreArt, and has exhibited artworks at New Media Caucus 2019 Border Control: Symposium & Exhibition (Ann Arbor, MI), Parkway Theater (Baltimore, MD), The Peale Center (Baltimore, MD), and the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). She currently serves as a Trustee of the Awesome Foundation, Baltimore, and as a member of UMBC’s Baltimore Field School Working Group sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Safiyah holds a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia and Digital Art from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University.
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