Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation

Sage Ni'Ja Whitson

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Riverside, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Sage Ni'Ja Whitson is an award-winning queer trans/mogrifier artist and futurist, named a culture influencer by Brooklyn Magazine. They are a United States Artist Fellow, Creative Capital and two-time "Bessie" Awardee who engages transdisciplinarity through a critical intersection of the sacred and conceptual in Black, queer, and transembodiedness.

Whitson is an 18th Street Artist in Residence, 2020-2023 New York Live Feed Artist in Residence, featured choreographer of the 2018 CCA Biennial, and presented at the 2019 Tanzkongress. Other fellowships include Center for Performance Research, Jerome/Camargo, Dance in Process at Gibney, Hedgebrook, Movement Research, and Bogliasco with commissions from St. Mark’s Church at Danspace, American Realness and Vision festivals, and EMPAC.

At MacDowell, Whitson completed their first manuscript, a hybrid two-part book to be published in 2024. Excerpts of the book has been published in Dance Research Journal, the anthology Critical Black Futures: Deconstruction and Speculation, and was on the shortlist for a Tarpulin Sky Book Award.

Portrait by Michael Valiquette



Sage Ni'Ja Whitson worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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