SSF 2017 FEATURED DESIGNER SHANETT DEAN

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SSF ALUM 2016

Shanett Dean is an artist and educator born and based in South Florida, United States.  She uses textiles to explore language, communication and indignity and is influenced by coastal communities around the world as well work of Toni Morrison & Edwidge Danticat. Dean often uses literature and travel as an impetus to create.

She has exhibited her work within the US in New York, D.C. as well as Miami. A graduate of  New York University, Dean has collaborated on film, art, and interactive projects in New York City, Washington DC and Ft. Lauderdale. Her work is housed in private residences in New York City, Washington D.C. and South Florida.

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Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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