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HORIZON
AWARDS

NBAF’s Horizon Awards for Emerging Artists seeks to help aspiring emerging artists of African descent to scale their careers. The award is highly competitive and grants the recipient in each category with a $10,000 awards package to fund their practice.

Winning emerging artists have been working in their respective fields for at least three to seven years, have a proven track record of success, and have dedicated themselves to a career in their field.

NBAF’s Horizon Awards for Emerging Artists seeks to help aspiring emerging artists of African descent to scale their careers. The award is highly competitive and grants the recipient in each category with a $10,000 awards package to fund their practice.  

Winning emerging artists have been working in their respective fields for at least three to seven years, have a proven track record of success, and have dedicated themselves to a career in their field.

2022 HORIZON AWARD WINNERS

Ayana
Ross

Visual Artist

About the Artist

Ayana Ross (b. 1977) is a Georgia native, currently living and working in McDonough and Atlanta, Georgia respectively. Ross received a MA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (2021), a MA in Liberal Art from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (2014) and a BS in Design and Merchandising from Georgia Southern University (2000). As a full time artist, Ross has received recognition as the 2021 Bennett Prize winner and is a current Mint Atlanta Leap Year fellow.

Ross’ work has exhibited in a number of group shows including the Bennett Prize, Rising Voices traveling exhibition, and featured in publications, including American Art Collector magazine. Her work is in notiable collections, including the Bennett Collection, the Kent Kelley Collection and the SCAD permanent collection. In 2023 Ross will have her first solo museum exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, MI, which will travel the US from 2023-2025.

Malesha J. Taylor

Music

About the Artist

Malesha Jessie Taylor is an Atlanta-based vocal artist, songwriter and collaborator. She is also the Founder of museSalon Collaborative, the recent Curator in Residence with Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Their recent PolyRhythmiQ Juneteenth Festival featured the premiere of her original song with Salah Ananse, Okorie Johnson and the Atlanta Music Project Youth Choir entitled, “Claiming a Black Future,” which we hope to release and perform this fall with NBAF!

Malesha composed and recorded, “Becoming,” a vocal soundtrack to accompany the artwork of Charly Palmer alongside cellist, Okorie Johnson and producer, Salah Ananse as seen in “Departure” at Hammond House Museum. Malesha also composed the song “Rite to Freedom,” the vocal soundtrack resounding inside Charmaine Minniefield’s Praise House Project in residence at Emory University. Malesha’s AfroHouse Single “Free,” which is in the dance music compilation AfroHouse Essentials Vol. 15 with LW Recordings.

Natrice
Miller

Film

About the Artist

Natrice Miller is photographer/filmmaker whose personal work focuses on documenting the Black experience in America. Clients and publications include The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The United Negro College Fund. She graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Journalism and Graphic Communication in 2005. In addition to exhibiting photography in Atlanta and The U.S., her short films have shown at The NBAF Resurgence Black Film Festival, Crassh Film Festival in Cambridge, England and Atlanta Contemporary. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband and son.

2021 HORIZON AWARD WINNERS

Victor
Jackson

Music

Jamie
Harris

Visual Arts

Nakia
Stephens

Film
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