Grant Type: BARTOL
Use of Funds: program supplies & materials
Yinka Orafidiya is a socially engaged ceramic artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her artwork is rooted in the desire to promote awareness of our shared humanity, build community, and effect social change. In 2012, supported by a grant from the Leeway Foundation, her first solo show challenged social stigmas about mental illness and fostered solidarity in the community. She has exhibited at The Clay Gallery in Michigan, The Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery in New York, The Manchester Craftmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, and at various locations around the Philadelphia area. Yinka has completed residencies at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (Doylestown, PA), the International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemet, Hungary), and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Newcastle, ME). She has received two grants from the Leeway Foundation, a multicultural fellowship from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and a visual arts fellowship from the Independence Foundation. Most recently, Yinka completed a 3-week pottery apprenticeship in Ghana West Africa, was nominated for a Pew Fellowships in the Arts award, and has been selected to participate in the 77th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum. She currently sustains her studio practice at The Allens Lane Art Center where she also teaches and works as the assistant studio technician.