Sheherazade TilletArtist In Residence, New Arts Justice and Shine Portrait Studio

Image: Portrait of Sheherazade Tillet. c/o New Arts Justice.


Named after the famous feminist storyteller of the “Arabian Nights,” Scheherazade Tillet is a Trinidadian and African American photographer, art therapist, and social justice organizer.  Tillet earned a Masters of Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a B.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She studied at Rutgers University’s Mason School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of veteran photojournalist Steve Hart. Her work has been featured in Gagosian Journal, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, The Chicago Tribune, and MSNBC. In 2003, she co-founded A Long Walk Home (ALWH), a Chicago-based national nonprofit, that uses art to empower young people to end violence against girls and women. She is also the Artistic Director of the award-winning multimedia performance, “Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS)” and the creator of the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute, a yearlong artist-activist program for girls and young women of color.  In 2014, Gloria Steinem nominated her for the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Impact Award. In Spring 2016, she was awarded the School of Art Institute of Chicago’s first artist-in-residence in Homan Square, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2016, she curated a national photography exhibition “Picturing Black Girlhood” at Columbia University, the first national exhibition to feature the works of African American women and girl photographers exploring the theme of girlhood in one show.  Currently, Scheherazade is 3Arts artist working on photography project a “Prom Send Off: The Rites of Passage for Chicago’s Girls. In 2018 – 2020, Tillet is the inaugural artist in residence for the joint initiative between Shine Portrait Studio and New Arts Justice and is developing her first solo show, “The Visibility Project” and co-curating “Picturing Black Girlhood,” to be exhibited here in Newark in Spring 2021.