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Opening Celebration - Stephanie J. Woods: where the sun shines

Image credits: Stephanie J. Woods, "Shake EM I," 2022. Afro hair, hair beads, yarn, barrettes, and hand dyed cotton fabric. Archival ink-jet print, 24 x 36 x 2 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

  • About This Program

    The opening celebration of Stephanie J. Woods: where the sun shines will be featured during Art After Dark: Hip Hop Turns 50 on Friday, June 16, so plan to visit the Gantt for a great time!

    where the sun shines is an immersive dreamworld created by Stephanie J. Woods. The artist transports the viewer between nowhere and everywhere, like a liminal space enveloping the senses. Inspired by the yellow walls of her childhood bedroom and the message Woods wrote on her bedroom door, where the sun shines is a new body of work that contains photographs, sculpture, textile works, and an immersive floor and video installation.

    Because of the unique floor installation, flat shoes are encouraged. Please watch your step and enjoy the exhibition.

    Woods will be at the Gantt in person to lead an artist talk, starting at 6 pm, and to meet and greet visitors. This will be an unforgettable evening of art, music, and celebration.

    Guests ages 21 and older are welcome to attend this free program, as it is a part of the Gantt's Art After Dark event.

  • About The Artist

    Stephanie J. Woods is a multimedia artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at the University of New Mexico. Working primarily in the fields of photography, fiber, video, and sculpture. She creates mixed-media works, handcrafting the props featured in her photographs. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, she cultivates an artistic practice concerned with exploring Black American culture, identity, and the impact of involuntary cultural assimilation.

    In 2021 Woods was selected to attend the artist residency Black Rock Senegal, located in Dakar Senegal, and in 2021 Woods was also won the 1858 Prize for contemporary southern art awarded by the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Woods is also the recipient of several other awards, residencies, and fellowships, including the 2022 Harpo Prize, the Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, ACRE Residency, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency, and Penland School of Craft. Her work is featured in permanent collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art. Additionally she has been featured in BOMB Magazine, Art Papers, Lenscratch, Burnaway, and the Boston Art Review.

    Learn more about Stephanie J. Woods at

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