Ebony Iman Dallas
Ebony Iman Dallas is an award-winning artist, designer and founder of Afrikanation Artists Organization.
Through art, she combines rich and fiery hues with whimsical forms to bring the spirit and energy of her subjects to life. Her artwork primarily addresses social, political and cultural issues. With a focus on authenticity and progress, her artwork takes form organically where each line determines the shape and direction of the next.
Ebony received her BA Advertising and Art degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, then went on to work at Carol H. Williams Advertising in Oakland, California as an art director.
She earned her MFA Design degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Her thesis, titled "Painted Bridges," explored ways to unify diverse populations within the African diaspora through art and design. This was an effort to promote collaboration and solution-finding to joint challenges amongst them. As a result, Afrikanation Artists Organization was founded as a non-profit, NGO based in Hargeisa, Somaliland/Somalia and a 501(c)3 in the United States.
Ebony’s artwork was featured on Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible as a part of the renovation of Urban Roots in Deep Deuce. She was also featured artist in the Romare Bearden Centennial Celebration in New York and is a proud graduate of the 2013 Leadership Arts class.
She previously worked as Creative Designer for The Oklahoma Media Company and is currently a professor in the African and African American Studies program at The University of Oklahoma.
Ebony's work was featured in our exhibition, SideStories, June-September 2017.