Ariel Green, winner of the 2018-19 Frances Holland Black scholarship
Ariel Green, a senior from Durham, N.C. who is majoring in Studio Art at Appalachian State University, has been named the winner of the 2018-19 Frances Holland Black scholarship.
The scholarship honors Frances Holland Black, 1894-1992. It was established by her children and friends as a means of continuing her efforts to champion equality and freedom. Funds from this endowment are used to create opportunities for women students, individually or collectively, to develop feminist perspectives on equality and freedom for all and to create opportunities for their expression. Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies is inclusive in their definitions.
Green writes: "As a black woman, I have experienced the ways in which feminism has historically kept black women out of the movement. Through conversation, I have come to understand that the residual effects of exclusion are also felt by my peers. Too often we have to create our own iterations of feminism, to consider our own realities."
In order to develop feminist perspectives and create opportunities for their expression, Green plans to invite other black women students to participate in a series of sessions during the month of March, Women’s History Month, entitled “Reconstructing Feminism.” These conversations will generate opportunity for black women to discuss and compile the ways they reconstruct feminism daily. Green will document such iterations to create a book of interviews called “The Portrait Diaries: Reconstructing Feminism.” Completed with photographic portraits, the manifesto and quotes from the conversations will be published in the book and a zine to share.
About the Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Program
The Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic field that critically engages beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, and norms about gender, women and sexuality and their intersections with other axes of difference including race, ability, nationality and class. GWS is housed in the Department of Cultural, Gender & Global Studies. For more information see https://gws.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Cultural, Gender & Global Studies
The Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies offers degrees in global studies, interdisciplinary studies and gender, women’s and sexuality studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement in cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at https://cgg.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Art
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Art at Appalachian State University prepares students to explore art, identity, expression and creative problem-solving while challenging them to go beyond their previous limits by discovering new connections to culture. The department offers degrees in art and visual culture, art education, graphic design, studio art, commercial photography and graphic arts and imaging technology, with minors in art history, studio art, commercial photography and graphic arts and imaging technology.