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On September 1, we’ll be speaking with Daricia Mia DeMarr and Lauren Harris. Darcia Mia DeMarr is an arts enthusiast, ideas fanatic, curator and visual arts consultant. Lauren Harris is a fine art management professional, independent curator, and creative director from Atlanta, GA.
Daricia Mia DeMarr
Daricia Mia is from Los Angeles, California. She launched her collegiate career at Clark Atlanta University but received a BA in Art History from Georgia State University and master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. She is an arts enthusiast, ideas fanatic, curator and visual arts consultant. In 2015 she was invited to curate a special exhibition, ‘Respectfully Yours,’ at the Queens Museum, Bulova Center with renowned street artist Lady Pink. Daricia Mia was the assistant director at the NYU Kimmel Center Galleries organizing and curating over 100 exhibits in five years. She also held a position at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Art Program from 2018-2020. She is the founder of Pi Arts Projects LLC, a visual arts consultancy providing a variety of services, from collection management to art programming development. She is the right hand to renowned black art dealer, Peg Alston of Peg Alston Fine Arts in NYC, serving as the gallery director and assistant curator. Daricia Mia is also the co-founder of Black Women in Visual Art, a social and professional development platform for Black Women working in visual art spaces.
Lauren Harris is a fine art management professional, independent curator, and creative director from Atlanta, GA. After earning her BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from Howard University, Lauren quickly immersed herself into New York City’s gallery world in addition to the growing arts scene in Washington, DC. Since returning to Atlanta in 2010, Lauren has enjoyed using her seasoned networking experience with outreach and program development to activate the arts within Metro Atlanta communities. With an MA in Creative Business Leadership from SCAD, she uses her innovative strategies and progressive ideas to help ignite the arts community and create new avenues for artists. Her most recent position was working as the Gallery Manager and Curator of ZuCot Gallery, a black-owned fine art gallery exhibiting the works of notable Black artists. By staying abreast of art market trends and the creative happenings of Atlanta, she hopes to be an advocate for the Atlanta arts community and engage students, Artists, and art enthusiasts and supporters for the further growth of the arts and cultural scene.
Aside from working with the AUC Art Collective, Lauren works to develop and support Artists of the Diaspora, curates art exhibitions and experiences, and support local art spaces and organizations. Inspired by her experiences in the art world, mentees and colleagues, Lauren Co-Founded Black Women in Visual Art, which launched October 2019, to cultivate, connect with, and serve Black womxn professionals to placement and leadership in the visual arts + cultural sectors. She is working to be a force in creating space and opportunities for the African Diaspora in the art world.
About Drink in Design
Atlanta’s most creative people (and some from beyond the 404) will invite you (virtually) into their home, studio, or maker space. They’ll tell you about their work, their career trajectory, and what they’re thinking about now as our world takes a new form.
Drink in Design is held on Zoom, so you’ll be able to interact and engage with each designer personally. Just register and the meeting link will be delivered straight to your inbox.