Gabrielle Tesfaye |


2018 BFA cum laude, (Inter Arts Major- Drawing/Painting, Film/Animation, Community Art), Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2017 Film & Animation, Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand

2016 Art History, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, NY


2019 Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Award

2018 Artist in Residence, Artist Residency Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cream City Cinema College Filmmaker Award

Brico Forward Fund Grant

2017 GMF Dorothy & Ruth Smith Fund Scholarship

Robert A Nelson Film Scholarship

Clarice George Logan Travel Award

2015 Frederick R Layton Scholarship

2014 Frederick R Layton Scholarship

Union Art Gallery 41st Annual Juried Show, 3rd Place Winner, Milwaukee WI

Selected Publications

2018 Vogue, USA “For Her, Art Is A Beautiful and Terrible Thing”

AFROPUNK, USA “Yoruba Orishas and Black Mermaids Come To Life In This Powerful Stop Motion Film”

The Wild Hunt, USA “Artist Channels Spirit Ancestors For new Film

Kobini, Nigeria“Orishas Saving Slaves From Ships”

Its My Bagina, USA

AMFM, USA, Interview

Labocine, USA, Feature

2017 Gal Dem, UK “Turning historic Arabic poetry into contemporary art”

Majestic Disorder Issue 7, Published in UK, Available Barnes & Noble Internationally, Printed Interview 8 Page Feature

Milwaukee Courier Weekly Magazine “The Power of Women”

Carved N Stone, USA “Healing Artwork”

Film Screenings/Speaking Engagements

2019 Woke Folks Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Liberal Arts Convocation, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MI USA

Beloit International Film Festival, Beloit WI USA

Sistas Black Hollywood Research Center, Los Angeles, CA USA

Arthouse Asia, Kolkata, India

Alliance Ethio-Françias, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sacred Waters Retreat, Nashville Tennessee USA

BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia USA

Zanzibar Internationall Film Festival, Tanzania

CinemAfrica, Sweden

2018 Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee WI USA

Women of the Lens Film Festival, London, UK

PanAfrican Lake International Film Festival, Nakuru, Kenya

Candaces Film, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

PRISM: Afrofuturist Film Screening at Hayti Heritage Film Festival, Chicago, IL USA

Afro Futurism Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina, USA

The Black Woman Is God, SOMArts Centre, San Francisco, California USA

MeccaCon International Film Festival, Detroit, Michigan US

2017 AfroProjection Lab, Milwaukee WI

Experimental Tuesdays, Union Cinema, Milwaukee WI

Selected Exhibitions

2018 The Black Woman Is God, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, Oakland, California USA

BFA Exhibition, Kenilworth Square East, Milwaukee, WI USA

Arabic Poetry of Love & Lust: 7,000 years of Female Desire, (Invitational group show), Queen of Hoxton, London England

Black Like We Never Left, (Invitational group show), CannedBeatz Art Space, Milwaukee WI

Woke Folks Festival Closing Exhibition, (Group show), In The City, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Live Cultural Exchange, (Group show) Thapae East Venue for Creative Arts, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2017 Women of the World Festival, (Invitational group show) Storyhouse, Chester, England

Radical Love: Female Lust, (Invitational group show), GalleryX, Dublin, Ireland

Crossing Over, UWM Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Radical Love: Female Lust, (Invitational group show), Crypt Art Gallery, London, England

She: An Ode to Feminine Energy, (Solo show), Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI

Raw Artist Showcase, Revolution, Miami FL

Celebration of Color, (Invitational group show), AMFM Gallery, Chicago IL

Black Sex Matters, (Invitational group show), Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL

Old Black Magic, (Invitational group show), Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

100 Under, (Invitational group show), Logan Square Tattoo Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 Philly Art Collective 8th Installment, (Invitational group show), Open Space, Philadelphia, PA

Harlem Art Salon, (Invitational group show), City College of New York, New York NY

Sehi Artist Series, (Invitational group show), Sehi, New York, NY

The Shamama Experience, (Solo show), Lucky Lotus Brooklyn, New York, NY

AMFM Pop Up Show, (Invitational group show), Hotel Foster, Milwaukee WI

2015 Secrets of the Goddess, Jazale’s Art Studios, Milwaukee WI

A.M.P Unification, (Invitational group show), New York, NY

2014 Crossing Over, Union Art Gallery Milwaukee WI

41st Annual Juried Show, Union Art Gallery, 3rd Place Winner, Milwaukee WI

First Year Exhibition, Scholarship Winner, Union Art Gallery Milwaukee WI

2013 You Be Boy I Boy Girl, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI

2012 Bayview Gallery Night, (Invitational group show), Hide House, Milwaukee WI

True Skool Art Gallery Night, True Skool, Milwaukee WI

Ladies Night Out, (Invitational group show), Jackpot Art Gallery, Milwaukee WI

Professional Experience

2018 Animation Lead Artist, Artist Residency Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2017-18 Organizer/Art Curator, Woke Folks Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2017 Teaching Community Artist, Artists Working in Education, Milwaukee WI

2016 Special Exhibitions Boutique Assistant, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

2015 Commissioned Artist Participant, Visions from the Inside, New York, NY

2014 Artist Facilitator, Arts @ Large Org

2014 Core Community Artist for Urban Alchemy, beintween, Milwaukee, WI

2013-14 Gallery Assistant, Union Art Gallery, UW-Milwaukee

2012-14 Artist Intern, TRUE Skool Org., Milwaukee, WI

2011-13 Counsel Team Member, Mentor Program, Redline Art Milwaukee