Balti Gurls Named Stevenson University’s Spring 2018 Artists in Residence Feb. 20-23

February 20, 2018 7 AM

Stevenson University’s Visual Communication Design program has named Balti Gurls its 2018 Artists in Residence. The university will host the Balti Gurls, a Baltimore based collective of Black women creators and makers, Tuesday, February 20 through Friday, February 23.

A public reception will take place Tuesday, February 20, at 5:30 p.m in the School of Design on the university’s Owings Mills north location, 11200 Gundry Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Immediately afterwards, Balti Gurls will present their work and hold a panel discussion titled, “A Look: Black Women, Social Media, and the Reshaping of Black Aesthetics.” Both events are free and the community is encouraged to attend.

There will also be an open mic night opened to the public on Friday, February 23 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in the Caves Sports and Wellness Center located at our Owings Mills location, Campus Circle Dr, Owings Mills, MD 21117.


Balti Gurls have a particular focus on new media and cross-disciplinary practice. Their mission is to cultivate platforms and “creative safer space” that prioritizes Black women and queer folks, and uplifts communities of color in general. Current members of Balti Gurls include Suldano Abdiruhman, Khadija Nia Adell, N’Deye Diakhate, Jessica Hyman, Stephanie Wallace, and Jenné Afiya.


The Balti Gurls residency is co-sponsored by the School of Design Visual Communication Design program and the Office of Multicultural Experience. The events are presented in collaboration with the Our Many Ways of Being Collective.

For more information, contact Chris Metzger, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design at or 443-394-9380.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.