Savannah Imani Wade is a visual artist, performer, and arts educator from Washington, DC, currently residing in Baltimore, MD. Wade graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA with honors. Their practice is a multidisciplinary exploration of dance, puppetry, theater, painting, and illustration that creates an understanding of self. In their work, Wade leans into archetypes of the Mother, dream analysis, and ancestral histories to generate a self-reflective and authentic visual language.
As a performing artist, they have acted, puppeteered, and danced in projects for Maryland Institute College of Art, The Kennedy Center, Bread & Puppet Theater, Theater for the New City, Spoleto Festival for Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Omar, Carolina Performing Arts, and Dixon Place as a lead actor of Thicket. In arts education, Wade has worked with organizations such as Jubilee Arts, Baltimore Youth Arts, Summer Arts for Learning Academy, and Union Baptist Headstart where they have facilitated arts workshops that are healing-centered.
Savannah is the program manager of Our Art Room, an artist collective for artists in their early careers. The collective meets monthly for critique sessions, where participating artists network, share resources, and provide accountability to each other in a community setting. The six-month series culminates with a group show that offers a collaborative and supportive learning experience in the context of a community space.