The Barnes Foundation Residencies

The Barnes Foundation, established in 1922, by Albert C. Barnes, is an art collection and educational institution whose mission is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. Dr. Barnes, believed that art had the power to improve minds and transform lives. In line with The Barnes' value of ongoing learning  and career advancement, they are supporting a residency for TK Smith; their Curator of African Diasporic Art.

TK Smith

TK Smith is a Philadelphia-based curator, writer, and cultural historian. Serving as the Assistant Curator: Art of the African Diaspora at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, he has curated impactful exhibitions, including projects at the Woodmere Museum of Art and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. TK's insightful writings have been featured in publications such as Art in America, the Brooklyn Rail, and ART PAPERS, where he contributes as a contributing editor. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware, TK Smith is dedicated to exploring the intersections of art, body, and built environments. 



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