photo by dejah greene

photo by dejah greene

Aliana Grace Bailey (she/her) is a mixed media artist, designer, and social good doer who thrives on vibrant colors, intricate patterns, bold typography, and raw emotion. She strives to give viewers a sense of joy, healing, and a reminder of how to love—themselves and the world.  Aliana's work is a juxtaposition of beauty, a sense of optimism, and dark realities. She loves to dig deep into the process, immersing herself in each step of the journey.

Aliana is a Washington DC native and a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Art in Visual Arts/Design. In 2017, Aliana completed the rigorous Art for Social Impact fellowship at The Sanctuaries and launched its socially-engaged Teaching Artist program. 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.

Currently, Aliana is a practicing artist, graphic designer, teaching artist at The Sanctuaries, and a graduate student pursuing her MFA in Community Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Aliana is a 2018-2020 recipient of the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation Fellowship and the Leslie King Hammond Graduate Fellowship.