FRONT Art Futures Fellow Spotlight: Antwoine Washington

Feb. 07, 2023
Images: L: New American Paintings issue #161, August 2022 / September 2022. R: Antwoine Washington, Readers are Leaders, 100th Anniversary Cleveland Public Library Card, 2022.

Antwoine Washington, one of four inaugural FRONT Art Futures Fellows, is a painter whose work illuminates stories around justice and social improvement. He has recently worked on an exciting collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Public Library for their 100th Anniversary library card. Washington was also selected by the Cleveland Museum of Art's Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Nadiah Rivera Fellah for New American Paintings issue #161.

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Images: Top L: Antwoine Washington, Black Father: The Protector, 2021. Top R: Antwoine Washington, Pillars, 2021. Bottom: Antwoine Washington, A Seat and a Table, 2021.

Antwoine Washington received his BA in Studio Art from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. As a kid he fell in love with drawing Saturday morning cartoons like Tiny Toons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Animaniacs, to name a few. While at Southern, Washington learned more about black history and art in America, further inspiring him to continue the legacy of Harlem Renaissance artists like Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and Jacob Lawrence. Washington decided to continue to tell stories of the black experience in America through his art. After college he moved to Cleveland, OH with his wife, and began working for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier. While working as a mail carrier he began to get the burning desire to make art again, realizing his dream was to create art full-time. He eventually quit this job and began his journey pursuing a career in art. While taking this leap of faith to follow his dreams, Washington suffered a stroke in November of 2018. During his recovery, he used his art to help get through panic attacks and the numbness that he was experiencing on the right side of his body. Since surviving the stroke he continues to take advantage of all opportunities that are presented to him, having shown his work at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Akron Art Museum, and The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He also was commissioned to do a mural in Cleveland Public Square by Land Studios. Antwoine also started a non-profit organization called the Museum of Creative Human Art. He uses this vehicle to teach art through his graphic design courses. He currently works and lives in Cleveland, OH.

About the FRONT Art Futures Fellowship

FRONT's Art Futures Fellowship program for emerging Northeast Ohio-based visual artists of color (Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian American Pacific Islander) provides significant and sustained financial and professional support for career development and opportunity. The Fellowship, started in 2022, will be awarded on a three-year cycle to three recipients who live and work in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Portage, or Summit counties.