Khadija Nia Adell is a practicing multimedia artist, arts administrator, and independent curator born and raised in Miami, FL, living and working in Baltimore, MD. In 2015 Adell graduated magna cum laude from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Art History. As an advocate for the arts and equitable education, Adell is invested in civic engagement and cultural preservation, with a passion for the legacy of the African diaspora. Recent projects include a year-long fellowship with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance in the Urban Arts Leadership Program, working on an independent curatorial project with Baltimore City Mayor’s Office, Mount Clare Museum House; Visit Baltimore; Baltimore City Department of Planning, Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation; and Baltimore National Heritage Area. The exhibition With These Hands: Artifacts of the Enslaved People at Mount Clare (Baltimore Visitors Center, Inner Har) explored the narrative of the colonial plantation through the intentional interpretation of its landscape as a black cultural environment. Utilizing the 200 year old artifacts found on the former plantation in Carroll Park, the exhibition explored the deeper cultural meanings embedded in architecture, landscape, herblore, spiritual and man-made material elements unearthed through over two decades of excavation.
Her work as a visual artist has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; London, UK; Florence, IT; and in publications in Baltimore and New York. As a independent artists and founding member of the Baltimore based arts collective Balti Gurls [City Paper, Baltimore Magazine, Dazed Digital (UK), i-D Magazine (UK)], Adell has programmed and collaborated on events focused on providing a social platform for female and queer identifying artists of color in Baltimore.
She currently works as a gallery assistant at Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore,MD) and is the program coordinator for the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange, a free community-based education programming series funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Maryland Institute College of Art; Station North Arts and Entertainment District; Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse; and other Baltimore City institutions, organizations, and community members along North Avenue and the surrounding areas.