Leavell Ii Gerald L

Gerald L. Leavell II


Graduate Student, Maryland Institute College of Art

Gerald L. Leavell II is a purposeful artist and educator from Hamilton Park in Dallas, TX. Streets in his neighborhood are named after leaders like Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, and Ralph Bunche; then, there are other streets with the names Ebony and Glen Regal. At every cross section, each green sign is a reminder of excellence, supporting self-determination, collective work, heritage and pride.

As a youth, Leavell was enrolled in multicultural schools that flourished in the arts, sciences, sports, and where thoughtful curricula introduced students to a variety of activities that reflected global and local cultures’ contributions to society. Leaving home at seventeen, Leavell spent intimate time in Keur Momar Sarr, Senegal; La Esmeralda, Dominican Republic; Settlement, Jamaica; and Brooklyn, New York.

Gerald has presented art and academic works at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; New York University; Columbia University; University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; and the South Dallas Cultural Center. Leavell has developed, created and facilitated, intergenerational and youth arts programs at The Brooklyn Public Library, Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp, and Art Start Youth Offenders Outreach Program. Leavell is also the former Expanding the Walls and Youth Programs Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem where he was privileged to work with the James VanDerZee archives and some of New York City’s most incredible teen artists.

Gerald L. Leavell II is a 2016 Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and a 2016 Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fellowship Award recipient. Gerald L. Leavell II earned a B.A. in International Studies from Morehouse College and is a MFA in Community Arts candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art.