Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean born visual artist and educator. She is invested in elevating the work and practices of Black peoples past, present and future through a conceptual approach to design, experimental publishing and archiving practices and peer to peer collaborations. Mutiti holds a diploma in multimedia art from the Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, with a concentration in graphic design. Mutiti is currently Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also artistic director for Black Chalk & Co. a platform for archiving and publishing practices that curates cultural events and fosters collaborative projects with peers located in Harare, Johannesburg, New York, Richmond and other international centres.
My practice traverses the boundaries of fine art, design and public engagement. Works on paper and those rendered as time based audiovisual explorations incorporate the digital through hand rendered techniques, as well as computer aided and photographic processes. I am also interested in the form of the book as a time based medium that implies sequence and engages the viewer on a physical level. Much of my printed work exists in multiples. Booklets, print runs of posters, zines, pin-back buttons and booklets make it possible to distribute images and texts to a targeted audience. I am committed to public engagement and work to create situations for the exchange of experiences and skills both in the research and gathering phase of my work as well as at the end through workshops and public conversations.
Awards, Fellowships, and Residencies
DAAD Artists In Berlin Program
Soros Arts Fellowship, Art, Migration, and Public Space
San Francisco Art Book Fair Publishing Grant, San Francisco
Soros Arts Fellowship, Open Society, New York
History of Art: Women in Publishing, Center for Book Arts, New York
Kate Spade & Company Foundation Fellowship, New York
NEW INC art and technology membership, New Museum, New York
Reading Zimbabwe Library, Wendy’s Subway, New York
Smithsonian Arts Research Fellowship, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
Emerging Artist Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York
Keyholder Residency, Centre for Book Arts, New York, January 2014 – January 2016
Analog Residency, Recess, New York, July 2015 – August 2016
Recess Session, residency, New York, June – August
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, for Zimbabwe Cultural
Alice Kimball English Travelling Fellowship, Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
Fellow, Create Change Program, Laundromat Project, New York
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship, Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
Highest Achievement, Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts, Harare, Zimbabwe