Lanecia A. Rouse
Charleston, SC | Fall 2023

Lanecia A. Rouse is an abstract painter, photographer, and mixed-media collage artist. Originally from South Carolina, Rouse lives and works between Houston, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia. The daughter of a United Methodist pastor, Rouse initially sought a vocation in ministry, which led her to Duke Divinity School. Her years working with youth ministry led to an art therapy and economic empowerment project with homeless communities in Houston. She discovered that she had the artistic skills to lead workshops and creative projects, which eventually turned into a full-time artistic practice.

Lanecia is currently studying and exploring embodied, spiritual, and psychological practices that provide means of enduring, surviving, and thriving during experiences of liminal states. She conducted historical research during her time in Charleston specifically related to the Black Church, Black spirituality of the South, and healing practices, looking at photographic archives that she can incorporate into her work, as well as meeting with local congregations. 

Describing her artistic practice, she writes: “I sit with questions and draw upon memory, poetry/literature, socio-political realities, theology, and history to create art composed of mostly found or discarded materials that reflect the textured ideas, complex realities, emotions, dreams, longings, questions, possibilities and beauty that make up the storied layers of the human experience.” 


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Lanecia was recently an “Artists on Site” artist-in-residence at Asia Society in Houston, and the 2020-2021 artist-in-residence for the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University. She is the artist-in-residence at Holy Family HTX (2017-present). She is a Co-founding Creative Director for the ImagiNoir Equity Group, an international alliance and community development and equity group of black activists, artists, writers, scholars, philanthropists, and educators. In addition, she is the leader of the Curation Team for Lanecia Rouse Tinsley Gallery of Holy Family HTX.


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