Janelle Dunlap

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Degree

Janelle Dunlap is a social practice artist and independent curator, whose work is informed by the social narratives of history, ecosystems, and the future’s ethereal presence in the present. She has a ten-year background as a nonprofit professional, where she worked in several roles that continue to inform and fuel her creative practice. Guided by the principles of collaboration and community, Janelle’s work centers on solving the growing issues of cultural erasure and environmental degradation.

Janelle’s broad body of work ranges from experimental museum exhibitions to performance art installations that abstract the visual narratives of history, public space, and society. Her work has been supported by the Arts & Science Council, Practice Foundation, the John S. and James Knight Foundation, Foundation for the Carolinas, The Institute for Museum and Library Services, and Z Smith Reynolds Foundation. Past and ongoing partnerships include the Sweet Water Foundation in Chicago, IL, Johnson C. Smith University, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. In addition, she is a 2020 recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship through the Low- Residency MFA program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a 2021 graduate of the inaugural class of the Social and Environmental Arts MFA program at Prescott College.