Xaviera Simmons, Board Secretary, sweeping body of work spans photography, performance, choreography video, sound, sculpture, and installation. Working across these multiple media, Simmons’ interdisciplinary practice often repositions our understanding of memory, time, politics, character based narratives and the landscape. She defines her studio practice as rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, present and future histories- specifically revolving around shifting definitions of landscape, character development and the interconnectedness of formal processes. Simmons received her BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Simmons has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include: The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund, The Sculpture Center, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The New Orleans Museum Of Art, The Savannah College Of Art and Design and Harvard University among many others. Her works are in major museum and private collections including The Museum Of Modern Art, Deutsche Bank, UBS, The Guggenheim Museum, The Agnes Gund Art Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA Miami, The Nasher Museum Of Art at Duke University and The Perez Art Museum, Miami. Simmons is the recipient of significant and numerous awards including a 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Memorial Foundation Award and a Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grants To Artists Award. Simmons has lectured and has been an Associate Professor at Yale University, Columbia University and School Of The Art Institute Chicago. Her exhibitions and performances have been reviewed extensively by publications worldwide.