1993 "Wearable Art," Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 1992 "Florida State University Faculty Women," University Museum, Tallahassee, FL. 1976 "Philadelphia College of Art Alumni Show," Philadelphia, PA.
1997 School House Gallery, Mount Dessert Island, Maine. 1980 Eric Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2002 "Homemade Pioneers and Public Art," Revolving Museum, Lowell, MA. 1999 Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harris Gallery, New Symrna, Florida.
Catalogue 2002-3 "Florida Visual Art Fellowships 25th Anniversary Exhibition," Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL. 2002 "Luminaries" Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
His contributions became legendary and paved the way for the release of his acclaimed debut album, Heavy Mental, in the spring of 1998.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, Killah Priest became infatuated with hip-hop as a child, listening to old-school and new school acts like Eric B. He also was influenced by local rappers, like Genius and Onyx’s Suave, who would often play local parties.
The resulting album, Heavy Mental, was dense with religious imagery and filled with evocative sounds.
It received excellent reviews upon its March 1998 release and was a respectable commercial success, debuting at number 24 on the pop charts.
- Abington, Pennsylvania EDUCATION 1970-74 Philadelphia College of Art BFA-Sculpture, Cum Laude 1967-68 Ramblerny School of Performing Arts 1959-65 Melia Davis School of Dance and Mime Academic diploma received AWARDS 1982 NEA Fellowship Endowment Grant 1982 Florida State Grant 1979 NEA Fellowship Endowment Grant 1977 NEA SECCA Endowment Grant 1977 Southern Center for Contemporary Art Purchase Award 1970 Whitaker Art Award SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2012 Ogden Museum Of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA 2005 Alexa Kleinbard: Selected Works 1985-2005, The Brogan Museum, Tallahassee, FL. 2004 Raleigh Museum of Art and Science, Raleigh, North Carolina. 2003 Macon Museum of Art and Science, Macon, Georgia. Traveling exhibition: Marseilles, France; Hasselt, Belgium; Barcelona, Spain; Jacksonville, FL; Pensacola, FL, Orlando, FL. 1989 "Works on Paper," Beaver College, Philadelphia, PA. 1980 "Material Pleasures," Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. 1979 "National Drawing," Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 1979 "Miniatures," University of Houston, Houston, TX.
1989-90 "Made In Florida," University of South Florida Art Museum, Tampa, FL.
Keynote Speaker: Mental health and the importance of taking care of yourself and your family, and the benefit that it has on the community at large.
Panel I- Mental Health Crisis in Our Communities: Special emphasis on violence, PTSD & addiction.
Killah Priest began working on his rhyming and eventually earned a considerable reputation in Brooklyn, but instead of pursuing his musical career further, he took a sabbatical in order to educate himself, primarily about religion and history.