I’m a nonbinary writer, photographer, and film/video artist based in Long Beach, California. I’m passionate about using narrative through text, image, poetry performance, and video to explore blackness, cultural/knowledge production, and systems of power. I received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from UC San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts: English-Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Long Beach.

My work has been exhibited at Jeffrey Deitch, Art+Practice, Springsteen Gallery, 98 Orchard, and San Diego Art Institute (now ICA San Diego). My films and videos have received festival selections from BlackStar Film Festival, Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, DTLA Film Festival,  Toronto Short Film Festival, and Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.

As a former athlete, I have an awareness of the position of human bodies in a space, how they interact with others, and how they respond to an environment. Sports request a level of intellect and skill, but also instinct and an ability to improvise while under duress. I am developing Black Noetic theory as a study on embodied and cognitive knowledge through figurations of blackness, knowing, and being. Black Noetic theory as a concept and practice considers the features of Black life and Black queer lives on the margins, and attempts to organize the linkages between experiential knowledge and experimental modes of production.

Outside of my art practice, I run Black Farm Studio House with Racha Tahani Lawler Queen of Crimson Fig Midwifery. Our nonprofit organization connects art, agriculture and wellness through public programs, community engagement, and resource-sharing for Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2+, and nonbinary-identified individuals and families. We are working diligently to materalize Black Farm Studio House to its fullest potential, please contact for more information! We are currently accepting donations.

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Education
2020: MFA - Visual Arts, UC San Diego
2016: BA - English-Rhetoric and Composition, CSU Long Beach

Professional Experience
Current: Visual Artist/Freelance
Current: Co-founder, Black Farm Studio House Co.
2020: Graduate Student Research Assistant, UC San Diego
2020: Cinematographer, UC San Diego/Getty Foundation

Teaching Experience
2020-21: Teaching-Artist, The AjA Project (Civil Liberties Fellowship)
2019-20: Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, UC San Diego
(Intro to Media, Intro to Photography, History of Film)
201: Photography Workshop, Space15Twenty
2017: Technology Workshop, Color<Coded>
2016-17: Photography Instructor, Teenspace, Santa Ana Public Library

Potential Courses
Introduction to Video Production (Seminar/Lab)
Experimental Methods in Film/Video (Seminar/Lab)

Solo Exhibitions
April 2022: Future/Elsewhere at Visible Records, Charlottesville, VA
September 2022: Resume At The Point Of Interruption at ICA, Richmond, VA

Group Exhibitions
May 2021: A Recollection of Dreams at Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore
April 2021: After The End at Gallery @ Calit2, UC San Diego
March 2021: Shattered Glass at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles
October 2020: Hello? God Is The Space Between Us at Anonymous Gallery, New York

Selected Film Festivals
2020: Afrikana Independent Film Festival
2019: DTLA Film Festival
2018: Smithsonian African American Film Festival, Afrikana Independent Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, OUTFEST Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, San Diego Underground Film Festival, Toronto Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival

Selected Film Programs
2020: “In Light Richmond,” 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
2020: “The Afrofuture is Female,” Emerson College, CA
2019: “Lafayette Anticipations x KALEIDOSCOPE,” Fondation d’enterprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Awards
2022: Los Angeles Artadia Awardee (Marciano Art Foundation Award recipient) https://artadia.org/artist/dana-washington-queen/
 
2020: Foundation of Contemporary Arts Ellsworth Kelly Award recipient with ICA Richmond https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/recipients/icavcu

2019: Best Experimental Film & Best Social Justice Short Film, DTLA Film Festival

Artist Lectures & Presentations
2021: Artist Lecture, Black Women Filmmakers (Professor Zeinabu Davis), UC San Diego
2020: Artist Lecture, Experimental Film/Video (Professor Jheannelle Brown), Cal Arts
2020: Artist Lecture, Introduction to Video Art (Professor Rhizzel Javier), CSU San Marcos
2020: Guest Poet, The BROAD

Publications
2021: “Artist Spotlight: dana washington-queen” written by Elias Roman for The Guardian at the University of California, San Diego. https://ucsdguardian.org/2021/11/28/artist-spotlight-dana-washington-queen/

2021: “Optica” edited by Arlene Mejorado and Jessy V. Castillo. Photo zine that spotlights the work of Black, Indigenous, womxn of color, and gender-non-conforming image-makers informed by a complex personhood and identity. Published by Este Archives https://estearchives.info/products/optica-2021

Publications as Author
2020: “An Entry Point Between Spaces: Concerning Permission” by dana washington-queen for Black Archives Editorial (vol. 001): Impulse to Collect. https://www.blackarchives.co/

2020: “Circular Metafictions: what remains unbound is gathered.” UC San Diego. ProQuest ID: washingtonqueen_ucsd_0033M_19407. Merritt ID: ark:/13030/m5ft55mb. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/75m000f5



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