MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementI aim to create what embodies a unique strength expounded by the oppressed. A power manifested in resilient peoples, determined to resist erasure and contradict dominant narratives. My intent is not to perpetuate powerlessness, but a need to frame explicit depictions of the humanity deprived of bodies and faces, demanding liberation from the elite in Baltimore City and beyond.
McKinley Wallace III is a painter and draftsman whose art depicts strength expounded by the
oppressed and an educator dedicated to cultivating people-oriented environments that foster
inclusive community building and high-quality learning. Wallace received a Bachelor of Fine
Art in painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His studio work has obtained
both local and national attention, including solo exhibitions at MICA, Jubilee Arts, Baltimore
Polytechnic Institute and, later this year, Gallery CA and Creative Alliance, as well as group
shows at Connersmith Gallery, Waller Gallery, Palazzo dei Cartelloni in Florence, and
Interlochen Center of the Arts. He has also worked collaboratively to create murals for NIKE,
Inc., Access Art, Inc., and Monarch Global Academy.
McKinley Wallace III is honored to receive The Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist
Award. With this award, he intends to plan and implement a collaborative research project to
uncover previously unseen and unheard, site-specific stories of racial violence and survival in
Baltimore's pre-civil war case laws. Each case focuses on the unjust criminality of Black bodies.
Wallace aims to create explicit, mixed-media illustrations of these cases to visually identify how
they are impacting central functions of Maryland today.