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About Desmond

Baltimore County

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Desmond Beach is an artist and educator. He earned his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland institute College of Art (MiCA) and his BFA from MiCA. He has been a visiting lecturer/artist at institutions such as Coppin State University and Emerson College. Beach is currently the 2021-2022 Bayard Rustin Residency Fellow in New York. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Skidmore College as well as an artist-in-residence at the Women Housing Coalition... more


The #SayTheirNames project sees the artist as an activist, preacher, healer, and prophet, allowing Black people to fully embody their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and images

as artwork. The body of work symbolizes one’s sense of duality—Black, American; two thoughts, two souls, two feelings, unresolved strivings, and contradictory beliefs in one’s dark skin, which is held intact solely through its purposeful power. in #SayTheirNames 2, the work combines a historical portrait of an enslaved Black man named Jack in the foreground and protest images from demonstrations—from 1968 and Black Lives Matter—collaged on fabric. 

Introducing the Bird: A Revolutionary Perspective

Watercolor paintings.

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