Author: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw
Kehayr Brown-Ransaw is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator based in Bde Óta
Othúŋwe/Mnísota (Minneapolis/Minnesota). Brown-Ransaw’s practice engages in conversations of
individualism/collectivism, familial histories, concepts of gendered work, tradition, and Blackness/Black
identity through quilting, weaving and printmaking. His curatorial and teaching practices are concerned
with access, representation, and the presentation of marginalized communities.
Brown-Ransaw received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art
and Design. He has exhibited work at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, FilmNorth, Vine Arts
Center, BI Worldwide, with public works at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Sculpture Garden
and Franconia Sculpture Park. He is the recipient of a 2020/21 Emerging Curators Institute (ECI)
Emerging Curator Fellowship, 2020/21 Jerome Early Career Fellowship, 2021 Franconia Sculpture Park
Mid-Career Artist Fellowship, and 2021 Artist in Residence at the Minnesota African American Heritage
Museum & Gallery. Additionally, Brown-Ransaw is an active operating member of the People’s Library
having exhibited works at and collaboratively in arts programming at the Minneapolis College of Art and
Design, Soap Factory, Walker Art Center, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.