Aliana Grace Bailey is a mixed media artist, designer, and social good doer who thrives on vibrant colors, intricate patterns, bold typography, and raw emotion. She is embracing and exploring the ways in which different mediums hold a special purpose and create beautiful conversations. Aliana's work is a juxtaposition of beauty, a sense of optimism, and dark realities. She is always digging deeper, immersing herself in each step of the journey.
Aliana Grace Bailey is a Washington DC native. She attended NC A&T State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Visual Arts/Media Design. Through her experience with education, design, social work, and art therapy, Aliana has nurtured a particular interest in process, idea-driven instruction. After college, Aliana returned to DC with an even greater love and appreciation for the place she calls home and a strong grasp on what community means. She uses art as a tool to build relationships across lines of social division, cultivate a collective voice in communities of difference, and inspire greater self-awareness and civic engagement for people of all ages. In 2017, Aliana completed the rigorous Art for Social Impact fellowship at The Sanctuaries and launched its socially-engaged Teaching Artist program.
In her artistic and teaching practice, Aliana uses art as a means to explore and manifest awareness of self, black womanhood, the world around her, and all things sacred to her. By practicing vulnerability, self-love, and empathy, she hopes to inspire the same in others. Aliana strives to give viewers a sense of joy, healing, and a reminder of how to love — themselves and the world.
Currently, Aliana is a graduate student at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in pursuit of her MFA in Community Arts and is the Artist-in-Residence at Roberta’s House in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a recipient of the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation, a scholarship created to recognize outstanding scholars and practitioners in the fields of Community Arts as well as the Leslie King Hammond Fellowship, a scholarship comprising of artists, designers, curators, scholars and community leaders who excel in their disciplines and make meaningful contributions.