Bethani Blake (b. 1999) is a visual artist based in Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.F.A in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2021 and is a member of artist collectives CUMSHOT and Bigfoot. Blake has exhibited work in Georgia and Ohio and will be spending the Autumn of 2022 in Southern Japan to complete a two-month artist residency.
Blake translates a present day world that is infected with personal nostalgia, recontextualizing appropriated and personal images. Due to her being half-black in an immediate family of white people, she grew up surrounded by Hollywood iconography and other paraphernalia specific to white culture. This created within her a strong sense of agency modeled after her two older brothers. Blake chooses to acknowledge this connection which drives her to translate her experience in contemporary society with subject matter rooted in cultural movements specific to the turn of the twenty-first century.
Blake's practice revolves around the systematic processing of information she accesses online. From music to video games, celebrity and social issues, she creates new media work that highlights her relationship to the imagery. Blake is interested in the crossover of information and the irony of her position in the work she is investigating.
Savannah College of Art and Design 2021
BFA - Painting & Performing Arts
Exhibitions & Performances
2021 - Drawing Works | Savannah, GA
Fragments | Columbus, OH
Hinterland Tour and Artist Talk with Andrew K. Shepherd | Instagram Live
B.F.A Senior Showcase | Savannah College of Art and Design
2020 - UNdefineD | Savannah, GA
SCAD Open Studio (Spring) | Savannah, GA
Read, Watch, Listen | Wexner Center for the Arts
5 Questions with Bethani Blake | Connect Savannah
SCAD Open Studio (Fall) | Savannah, GA
2019 - 48 Hour Play Festival | Savannah College of Art and Design | 3rd Act
Polaroid Stories | Savannah College of Art and Design | 3rd Act
The Hype | Twenty One Pilots
2021 - Summa Cum Laude | Savannah College of Art and Design
Honorable Mention | B.F.A Senior Showcase | Savannah College of Art and Design
Dean’s List (2017 thru 2021) | Savannah College of Art and Design
2017 - Most Artistic/Creative Senior Superlative | Westerville South High School
2015 - Inducted Thespian | Westerville South High School | Troupe 513
Best Actor Award | Westerville South High School | Troupe 513