Anthea Black (b. 1981) is a Canadian artist, writer, and cultural worker based in San Francisco and Toronto. Her studio work takes the form of printmaking, drawing, publications, textiles, and performance to address feminist and queer history, collaboration, materiality, and labour. Black has exhibited in Canada, the US, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Norway, and has circulated collaborative print editions in cities across North America through the artist-curatorial project, Looking for love in all the wrong places.
Her texts on contemporary art, craft, and performance appear in numerous publications, including FUSE Magazine where she was a contributing editor from 2008-2014. Her writing with Nicole Burisch is included in The Craft Reader (Bloomsbury, ed. Glenn Adamson) and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, ed. Maria Elena Buszek). Black is the co-editor of two books, HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education with Shamina Chherawala (Queer Publishing Project/OCAD U Publications) and Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade with Nicole Burisch, (Bloomsbury Press).
Black’s curatorial projects include SINCERITY OVERDRIVE (2005), SUPERSTRING (2006), the ongoing research platform and touring exhibition No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen (2011-ongoing), and PLEASURE CRAFT (2014) which have focused on embodied perspectives and politics in relational practice, contemporary textiles, queer film and video, and film craft respectively. Black is dedicated to artist-run models for culture and has presented the work of over 150 artists in her roles as Director of Stride Gallery, Board President of M:ST Performative Art Festival, Assistant Curator at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD all in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Exhibitions Manager at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada, and board member for IMAGES Festival, Toronto, Canada.
She has been awarded research and creation grants from Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design, and residencies from Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; Small Projects, Norway; Anima Casa Rural, Mexico; Van Abbe Museum, Netherlands; and In Cahoots, California, USA.
As a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design (BFA, Drawing, 2003) Black was named the ACAD Board of Governors Alumni of Excellence in 2015. She has held positions as Viola Frey Visiting Artist-Scholar in Craft and Design at the California College of Art and faculty in printmaking, publications, criticism and curatorial practice, and art and social change at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor of Printmedia at California College of the Arts.