MJ Robinson

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Education

Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College, 2014. Double major in Studio Art and Creative Writing.

Certificate, Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, 2019. Children’s Book Illustration.


Teaching

Educator working in all subjects with a focus on visual arts, literature, and creative writing to students of many ages and backgrounds in a range of schools and informal learning environments. Experienced in designing and implementing original curricula and programming. Student-centered, anti-oppressive, and confidence-building pedagogy style.


RISD Museum, Providence, RI, Spring 2015-present. Museum Educator, School and Teacher Programs. Lesson planning, teaching, and co-managing administrative tasks and scheduling for programs serving K-12 school groups primarily from Providence Public Schools. Designing and facilitating teacher professional development sessions. Leading all-staff dialogues on issues around equity in museums.

Federal Hill House, Providence, RI, 2014-2015. General after-school education for students K-6. Hamilton House, Providence, RI, Winter 2014-2015. Contemporary Fiction class for older adults. Oberlin College Creative Writing Department, Oberlin, OH. Teaching Assistant.

CRWR 255, Graphic Narrative, Professor Dan Chaon. Spring 2013, Spring 2014. CRWR 375, Comics Workshop, Professor Sylvia Watanabe. Fall 2012.

Oberlin College Experimental College (ExCo) Program, Oberlin, OH, Fall 2012. Teacher, “You Can Draw.”

The Putney School Summer Programs, Putney, VT, Summer 2013. Apprentice Drawing Teacher for high school students.

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH, Summer 2012. Co-teacher, comics camp for teens.


Community Organizing

Black and Pink Providence. Providence, RI. 2015-present.

Organizing local LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” volunteers for prison abolition. Campaigning to end solitary confinement in RI. Organizing gallery exhibition opportunities and co-editing and printing publications for RED ART, an informal art collective at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

White Noise Collective and Showing Up for Racial Justice RI. Providence, RI. 2015-present.

Facilitating group meetings and dialogues. Mobilizing communities for time-sensitive direct actions related to racial justice and led by people of color. Co-organizer of the Childcare Collective.


Selected workshops, talks, and panels

Co-facilitator, Got Equity? Seminar: Engaging Students Using Culturally Relevant Content, Eduleaders of Color. Fall 2018.

Co-facilitator, There Are No Prisons in a Queer Paradise: A workshop with Black and Pink Providence. IvyQ Conference at Brown University, Fall 2018.

Guest facilitator, Teachers Lounge: The Emotional Lives of Teachers and Students. RISD Museum. Fall 2018.

Facilitator, All-Staff Dialogues at the RISD Museum.

What is a museum’s responsibility when exhibiting artwork that may offend? Fall 2017

What does it mean to decolonize the museum? Fall 2018

Panelist, Zine-Making and Abolition: A Panel on Radical Imaginaries. Whitewashing Abolition Conference at Brown University, Spring 2018.

Guest facilitator, Resource Redistribution - a tool for systemic change, Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance, Providence, RI, Spring 2018.

Facilitator, Toward a World Without Prisons: Creative Visioning Workshops. Providence, RI. November 2017. Guest Artist, Back to the Drawing Board. RISD Museum, 2017.

Guest Lecturer, Brainstorm: A Conversation About Comics Writing Practices with MJ Robinson and Cathy G. Johnson, Oberlin College, Fall 2015.

Facilitator, You Can Draw! Island Institute, Sitka, AK. Summer 2014.


Publications

Self-published works and artist books:

Toward A World Without Prisons, Winter 2018 (forthcoming). Co-editor and contributor.

Resistance, RI. Comic, Summer 2016. Unarmed. Comic, Spring 2014, Edition of 75. Rind. Comic poem, Fall 2013. Edition of 150.

Melontaste. Comic poem, Summer 2013. Edition of 75.

Yield. Artist book/zine, Fall 2012. Edition of 50.

The Birdman. Comic, Spring 2012. Edition of 30.

The Giant Book of Family Fun and Games. Artist book, Fall 2011.

Rebel Rebel. Comic, Summer 2011. Edition of 160.

Published in:

Buddies, The 2015 Providence Comics Yearbook. Winter 2015. One page comic.

Inaction Comics no. 1: Productivity, Summer 2015. Assistant to the editor and contributor of one 3- page comic poem and one 5-page comic poem.


Oberlin College Alumni Magazine, Summer 2014- Summer 2017. Spot illustrations and spreads.

Cleveland Scene Magazine. Vol. 44, Issue 2, Winter 2013. Vol. 45, Issue 3, Winter 2014. Full-page comics.

Wilder Voice. Winter 2014. Cover illustration and interior fold-out 4-page comic and interview.

The Grape. Spring 2011-Fall 2013. Full-page comics, published bi-weekly.

I Was A Teenage Anime. Fall 2013. 5-page comic.

ACLU of Maine’s newsletter. Fall 2013. Comic strip.

Published production work:

Colorist, Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai. Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Macmillan, 2019.

Layout and editing, Toward A World Without Prisons anthology. Self-published, 2018. Colorist, Art Comic by Matthew Thurber. Published by Drawn and Quarterly, 2018.

Colorist, All Summer Long by Hope Larson. Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2018. Colorist, Moominvalley Turns Jungle by Tove Jansso. Published by Enfant, Drawn and Quarterly,

2015.

Layout and translation text placement, Fallen Words by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, 2012 edition. Published by Drawn and Quarterly, 2012.

Oberlin Comics Collective publications - contributor, editor-in-chief, and printer:

Softboiled: Oberlin Comics Collective anthology, Spring 2014.

A Family Company: Oberlin Comics Collective anthology, Fall 2013.

Undefeated Returning Champions: Oberlin Comics Collective anthology, Spring 2013.

The Exhibitionist Initiative: Oberlin Comics Collective anthology, Fall 2012.

Jerk!: Oberlin Comics Collective anthology, Spring 2012.

Mutant Sister: Oberlin Comics Collective anthology, Fall 2011.


Exhibitions

Sincerely at 186 Carpenter Street, Providence, RI, Winter 2016.

I Have To Go (Studio Art thesis exhibition). Oberlin, OH, Spring 2014.

Senior Studio Halftime Show. Oberlin, OH, Winter 2013.

The Putney School Summer Programs Faculty Show. Putney, VT, Summer 2013.

Oberlin Art Walk. Oberlin, OH, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013.

Oberlin Comics Collective & Exhibition Initiative present: The Exhibitionist Initiative. Oberlin, OH, Fall 2012.

Gordon Square Arts District & Oberlin College Collaboration Gala. Cleveland, OH, Fall 2011.


Awards and Fellowships

CTRI Innovations Residency, Providence, RI, 2018.

Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Project Grant, 2017. Fellowship, Sitka Fellows Program, Sitka, AK, 2014.

Honors in Studio Art, Oberlin College, 2014.

Nominee, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio’s Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, 2014.

John Frederick Oberlin Scholar, Oberlin, OH, 2010-2014.