2024 Emerging Artist Fellow

Chip Moody was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Moody was awarded an Arts and Culture Leader of Color inaugural fellow with Americans For the Arts (2019-2020) and received the prestigious Welch Fellowship while pursuing his MFA in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.

Moody is best known for his black-and-white photographs featuring portraits and interior scenes of Black life. His work interrogates depictions of Black people as characters or stereotypes across the broad social spectrum of morality. He seeks to convey Black humanity (outside of that spectrum) in spaces that have persisted through Black autonomy and agency, creating images that resonate with the multitudes of Black experience and challenge preconceived notions.

2023 Emerging Artist Fellow

Chelsea Mukenya is a portrait photographer born in Nairobi, Kenya and based in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Living in the diaspora influences Mukenya’s work, as she recreates feelings of home. Nature and the connections between self and others are integral to her photographs, and through her images, she hopes to invoke a sense of nostalgia and tranquility.

2022 Emerging Artist Fellow

Jeremiah Thomas is an Atlanta-based artist whose work explores the vastness and diversity of the Black experience within the Black community. He showcases real, raw, and authentic individuals in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

2021 Emerging Artist Fellow

José Ibarra Rizo is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. His work primarily focuses on identity and explores the migrant experience in the American South. He is the recipient of the inaugural MINT + ACP Emerging Artist Fellowship, one of three awardees for the 2022 Atlanta Artadia Awards, and one of three winners of the 2023-2024 Working Artist Project for MOCA GA. His work resides in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, and his clients include Rolling Stone, New York Times, and TIME Magazine.