Precious Blake is an arts organizer and visual journalist living in Baltimore, MD. Precious received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration with a concentration in Printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA.) Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for National Partnerships at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Blake is dedicated to serving underrepresented artists and advocating for equitable access to art resources and education. She does this through leading art workshops, freelancing as a career adviser, and developing her seminal work Creatives of Color. Creatives of Color (CoC) is an anthology series that combines her passion for journalism, illustration, and highlighting historically marginalized voices. She has been featured in multiple art magazines and publications such as Hyrsteria, the Baltimore Sun, and FRONT. She has received several awards including: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Award, Maryland Artists Equity Foundation Scholarship, and MICA’s Sidney Lake Award.

Artist Statement

The urban city is my muse; the daily collisions of noise, architecture, people, and spaces continually show how a city can be at once an isolating, claustrophobic, but an absurdly comforting adventure. In order to dissect this constantly shifting landscape, my work weaves between different states of mark making and construction. Documenting and archiving cities and its people take the form of on site drawings, monoprints, relief linocuts, handwritten type, and digital collage. My work contextualizes the physical and metaphorical spaces I experience and interprets them through fantastical and colorful reimaginings.

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