A feature written on the CADD FUNd's support of emerging artists in Dallas. The article features an interview with Spencer Evans, who was awarded the CADD FUNd in 2017.
“This prize allowed for me to travel to Nigeria and stay long enough to visit five states, the palaces of two Kings, connect with students and professors from four universities, participate in a conference and symposium, as well as conduct various discussions and interviews with locals, students, professors, and public influencers,” said Spencer Evans, who was awarded the CADD FUNd in 2017. Evans, originally from Houston, investigates through his artistic practice the similarities and differences between Black American and Nigerian identities as well as the social contexts in which they develop.
Evans added, “This research was inspired by the realization that my identity as a Black American, regardless of the action or position I take, is ultimately defined within social context that was never meant to foster a healthy development for those who look like me.” He had been posing questions about identity and social approachability to Black students and professionals in the U.S. and, being of Nigerian descent, wanted to pose those same questions to similar people in Nigeria.