Ayana Evans is a NYC-based performance artist. Her guerilla-style performances have been staged at El Museo del Barrio, The Barnes Foundation, The Bronx Museum, Crystal Bridges, Newark Museum, the Queens Museum and a variety of public locations. Her performances have been reviewed in The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, ArtNet, Hyperallergic, Bitch Media, and New York Magazine's The Cut. Her international work includes participation in the FIAP performance festival in Martinique, The Pineapple Show at Tiwani Contemporary in London, and Ghana’s Chale Wote Festival, which drew 30,000 people. Evans was a 2018 Fellow in the Studio Immersion Program at EFA’s Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a 2018 resident and grant recipient at Artists Alliance Inc (NYC), 2017-2018 awardee of the Franklin Furnace Fund for performance art, a 2018 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts, and a 2021-2022 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. In 2015, she received the Jerome Foundation's Theater and Travel & Study Grant for artistic research abroad. Her past residencies include Yaddo, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is an adjunct lecturer for graduate studies at Brooklyn College. Before coming to Gallatin at NYU, Evans was Professor of the Practice at Brown University.
Evans was also featured in or edited of the following publications: "We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World," by Jasmin Hernandez with forward by Swizz Beats, 2020 - features interviews with 50 contemporary artists of color, "Institution as Verb," Edited by Elizabeth Lamb, Ayana Evans (myself), Esther Neff and Tsedaye Makonnen, "Volume 11 Friend of the Arts" Edited by Thomas Flynn II, and "Re-Envisioning The Contemporary Art Cannon: Perspectives in a Global World" Edited by Ruth Iskin, 2017.