Felicia Griffin

(The following text is an edited excerpt from a conversation conducted between Felicia Griffin and former NIAD art facilitator Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. The interview, in its entirety, can be found in Issue 6 of New Life Quarterly, published by E.M. Wolfman Books)

What would you like us to know about you? Who is Felicia Griffin?

Um, well, I like to come here and have fun and I love my friends and I want to do some more pompoms and I like doing my art.

What are you working on right now?

A pompom. I made two pillows and put pompoms on the pillows.

Why do you like to make art that involves circles? I see that’s a repeated shape in your pompoms, prints, and paintings — where does that circle shape come from?

The circle is inside of me, a square too. I see it in the world too.

You engage with a lot of people while you work at NIAD — how does that relate to your art making?

Yep, I like doing it and um, I like to help out. It makes me feel happy! I started doing this: giving gifts. I go to the cabinet and get pencils and sticks and then I store them in my bag. Well, so at first, I take some things from people or from the cabinet and then, well I just give them away. I am always looking out for who needs help.

Do you consider the Art Center your family?

YEEEAAAAS! Uh, all my friends are here. I care for people here — yes!

// Felicia’s available work // 

exhibition history

Untangling Webs: A Journey In Abstract Textiles, organized by Alexander Hernandez // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2023

Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD // Oakland Museum of California // May 2023

Animal, Animal, Vegetable, Vegetable, Mineral, Mineral organized by Nick Schutzenhofer // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2023

Art of the African Diaspora 2023 Satellite Exhibition // Warehouse 416, Oakland // February 2023

Rainbow Cat Picnic organized by Cynthia Ona Innis // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2023

Search Engine organized by Diego Leclery // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2023

Art of the African Diaspora 2023 by Richmond Art center// January – March 2023

Making in Color organized by Edwige Charlot // NIAD Online Exhibition // November 2022

A Stick In The Snow organized by Joanna and Milo Moyer-Battick // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2022

Feeling Language, organized by Kate Laster // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // October 2022

Follow the String, organized by Emma Spertus, Julio Rodriguez, Felicia Griffin, Dorian Reid, and Kiesha White // MarinMOCA, Novato, CA // October 2022

Day Or Night It Looks Like Night, organized by Liliana Herrera // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // September 2022

Told Through A Line, organized by Risa Lenore // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2022

Question Mark, organized by Betsy Odom // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2022

Face In the Crowd, organized by René Smith // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2022

A Little Bit of Everything: Fashion & Fiber at NIAD // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // July 2022

Touching, organized by Zachary Epcar // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2022

A New Geometry, organized by e bond // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2022

Summer Break, organized by Matthew Goldberg // NIAD Online Exhibition // June 2022

Saves Nine, organized by Megan Kiskaddon // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2022

Day or Night it Looks Like Night, curated by Liliana Herrera // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2022

WIN WIN 10 Silent Auction Preview Exhibition // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // February 2022

Murmuration, organized by Alisa Golden // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2022

Future History: The Katz Legacy // Christie’s Auction House, San Francisco // December 2021

Holiday Gift Guide #5, organized by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2021

Interconnected, curated by Jackie Clay and Jillian Crochet // Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco // October 2021

I See What You’re Feeling, curated by Daniel Krakauer // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2021

MiNi Mural Festival // SFMOMA Koret Education Center // August 2021 – January 2022

Yielding, curated by Ann Marguerite Tartsinis // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2021

20 Continuous Lines, curated by Veronica De Jesus // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2021

Every Sing, curated by Jesse Malmed // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2021

Costume Store, curated by Ari Banias // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2021

Artist of the Month Series: We Are Creating Our History, curated by Deatra Colbert, Felicia Griffin and Dorrie Reid // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2021

Be Heard. Speak Up., curated by Fenwick & West // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2020

Cradle, Bump, Tap, Slap, Push, curated by Brittney Leeanne Williams // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2020

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again, curated by Boyang Hou // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2020

It’s Time For Joy, curated by Julie Mallis // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2020

Travel In Place – Pathways And Portals, curated by Lena Gustafson // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2020

Nowhere Anywhere But Here, curated by Scott MacLeod // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2020

Love is Here to Stay, curated by Nancy Lim // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2020

RE:imagining DIS:place, curated by Michelle N. Jones // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2020

Everything You See is Me, curated by Kristy Luck // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2020

Waving from the Future, curated by Liz Koury // NIAD Online Exhibition // November 2019

Force Fields and Atmospheres, curated by Matthew Pawlowsi // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2019

Detournement: A Coherent Vision, curated by Greg Roberts // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2019

Fiberful // organized By Cynthia Ona Innis NIAD Art Center 2019

Have/Hold // organized by Julia Schwartz NIAD Art Center 2019

Butterfly, Sugar // organized by Bonanza NIAD Art Center 2019

Business Casual // organized By Maria Guzman Capron and Nan Collymore NIAD Art Center May 2019 

Forests And Clearings // organized By Wayne Smith NIAD Art Center April 2019

Disability Changemakers // (traveling exhibition) San Mateo, San Francisco and San Jose County public libraries beginning March 2019

Where They Want To Go // organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler NIAD Art Center January 2019

Prints: An Overview NIAD Art Center 2018

Give A Little Take A Little: Real Time & Space at NIAD // organized By Lexa Walsh NIAD Art Center 2018

Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

Can Did // organized By Julio Rodriguez NIAD Art Center 2018

 Indeterminate Space // organized by Anthony Piñata NIAD Art Center 2018

All Of The Light // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2017

Hanging On a Thread: Fiber Art From NIAD Art Center // Contra Costa County McBrien Administrative Building Martinez 2017

Affinity // organized by Tim Buckwalter Museum of Northern California Art Chico 2017

Felicia Griffin x Lisa Hammond // NIAD Art Center 2017

The Fourth Dimension, organized by Marja Galpin van der Loo // NIAD Art Center 2017

Long Term Exhibition // organized by Katie Johnson Rep Nancy Skinner’s Office Suite Oakland 2017

Spring/ Summer Exhibition // organized by Arianne Gelardin PARLOR San Francisco 2017

Shapeshifting Superheavies // organized by Jessica Snow NIAD Art Center 2017

Igneous Intrusions // organized by Jon Shibata NIAD Art Center 2017

Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2017

Souls And Scenarios // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2016

Felicia Griffin + Susan Wise // organized by Katie Johnson Yali’s Café Stanley Hall Berkeley 2016

Curious Weave // organized by Ramekon O’Arwisters NIAD Art Center 2016

Pillow Fight! // NIAD Art Center 2016

Abstract Preferences // organized by Anthony Pinata NIAD Art Center 2016

Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2016

Adventure! // organized by Scott MacLeod NIAD Art Center 2015

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015

The Wild Ones // Women’s Cancer Resource Center Oakland 2014

Ebony + Ivory // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2014

Where Have All The People Gone? // organized by Amy Miller Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville 2013

Undercover Geniuses //organized by Jan Moore Petaluma Art Center 2013

Diamond Dogs Pet Supply Pop-Up Shop // NIAD Art Center 2013

Championship Vinyl // NIAD Art Center 2013

A Light That Never Goes Out: Continuing Traditions In Abstraction // NIAD Art Center 2013

Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013