Will North is a cultural worker and community historian based in Houston, Texas. Through his writings and artwork, he explores and helps to facilitate intergenerational dialogues in shared spaces.

He has developed educational programs for academic institutions and cultural organizations. He has also worked with children of all ages as a volunteer art history instructor in area schools. Additionally, as a mentor in a rites of passage group, he organized several cultural immersion trips for area youth in order to expose them to communities outside of their city of origin.

Will earned his bachelor’s degree from Howard University and his MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He has participated in several group exhibitions including the Citywide African American Artists Exhibition and the 2021 SAIC Graduate Exhibition.

Artist Statement

My projects seek to encourage intergenerational dialogues. The Ushindi Project grew out of conversations I had with young men that I began working with as teens. They expressed a desire to see a magazine that spoke directly to them intellectually.

As someone interested in the independent Black print tradition both domestically and globally, I imagined what the covers of this publication would look like. How might it change to remain relevant to its intended audience?

What should be retained and what must be discarded for this magazine to continue in perpetuity?

Victory Summer 1929, Mixed media, 16 x 20 in.
Ushindi: Fall 2017 (Go Stros), Mixed media, 16 x 20 in.
Ushindi: LA Uprising, Mixed media, 16 x 20 in.