Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Jade Solomon Curtis received her BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and has worked as a company member with Opus Dance Theatre, Alison Chase Performance, Wideman/Davis Dance and Spectrum Dance Theater. She has performed with the 5th Avenue Theater, Provincetown Dance Festival, Summerstage NYC and DanceMotionUSA. Amongst Curtis' choreographic endeavors, she has created work for The Seattle Art Museum's premiere of Kehinde Wiley’s: A New Republic, Grammy winning jazz musician and composer, John Clayton and is currently in the creation process of a solo work, BLACK LIKE ME: An Exploration of the Word Nigger. Curtis is also the subject of an Emmy Award winning biographical film titled, Jade Solomon Curtis, by Ralph Bevins of the Seattle Channel and is the Macy Inaugural Visiting Fellow at the University of South Carolina.

Jade received GAP 2016 funding for BLACK LIKE ME, a multidisciplinary project focused in dance that is intended to subvert and denounce mass depictions of black folks by addressing the use of the word nigger (and all its permutations) that perpetuate and impose negative thought processes on a people. It is her position that the word, "nigger" cannot be transformed as it is blood-soaked with castrations, lynching’s and rapes.

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From the Artist

I am sincerely grateful for the support and encouragement by the Seattle community and eagerly look forward to sharing my art with each and every person I encounter. Thank you!

Jade Solomon Curtis