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Ayana Evans

Part-time Faculty
714 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Tuesday 1:30 TO 3:00 (BY APPT) & 4:00 TO 6:00 (REMOTE BY APPT)

B.A., Visual Art, Brown University
M.F.A., Painting, Temple University

Ayana Evans is a NYC-based performance artist. Her guerilla-style performances have been staged at El Museo del Barrio, The Barnes Foundation, The Bronx Museum, Crystal Bridges, Newark Museum, the Queens Museum and a variety of public locations. Her performances have been reviewed in The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, ArtNet, Hyperallergic, and New York Magazine's The Cut. Her international work includes participation in the FIAP performance festival in Martinique, The Pineapple Show at Tiwani Contemporary in London, and Ghana’s Chale Wote Festival, which drew 30,000 people. Evans was a 2018 Fellow in the Studio Immersion Program at EFA’s Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a 2018 resident and grant recipient at Artists Alliance Inc (NYC), 2017-2018 awardee of the Franklin Furnace Fund for performance art, a 2018 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts, and a 2021-2022 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. In 2015, she received the Jerome Foundation's Theater and Travel & Study Grant for artistic research abroad. Her past residencies include Yaddo, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Vermont Studio Center.  She is an adjunct lecturer for graduate studies at Brooklyn College. Before coming to Gallatin, Evans was Professor of the Practice at Brown University.

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases


Cash Rules Everything Around Me: a Career Fair for more than Survival

Ayana Evans partnered with Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me: a Career Fair for more than Survival,” at which all employers have pledged not to ask about past incarceration or legal histories of job seekers.


BIG HAPPY: A Momentary Utopia

Ayana Evans Performance for BIG HAPPY: A Momentary Utopia at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas Invited by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. 

Edited Volumes


Institution is a Verb: A Panoply Performance Lab Compilation

Ayana Evans co-edited Institution is a Verb: A Panoply Performance Lab Compilation, published by Operating System.

Teaching and Research Interests

performance art  photography  pop culture  color theory  race  gender studies  African American culture  mass incarceration  political landscapes  and collaborative methods 

Ayana Evans