Kiayani “Kay” Douglas is an interdisciplinary artist and educator that uses her work to engage individuals in conversations rooted in race, history and privilege. She holds a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in painting from Hartford Art School as well as an interdisciplinary MFA from the same school. Douglas has spent the last 3 years developing a body of work called Black Identity Enthusiast. She uses ceramics, painting and installation to bring the works together for people to have discourse around the issues of race, history and privilege. Douglas just had her Solo Show debut at the Amy H. Carberry Gallery in Springfield, MA. She served as an Artist in Residence and hosted an opening reception, wearable workshop and artist talk/ closing reception In Feb of 2020.
Douglas is deeply inspired by Emory Douglas’ work for the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. She hopes to tour her body of work called Black Identity Enthusiast to other institutions looking into engaging conversations rooted in race, history and privilege. She currently works as an Art teacher at Wilbraham and Monson Academy where she will be entering her 6th year of teaching in independent schools. In her free time she volunteers and coaches Step for Weaver and Kinsella High in Hartford CT. She enjoys giving back to a community she was once a part of. Douglas was born and raised in Hartford, CT and has hopes of continuing her deep ties with the community.