Grounded in the principles of painting and sculpture, Krystle Lemonias’ stitched tapestries combine intricate woodblock printing with an array of post consumer textiles to depict a contemporary narrative of care work through the lens of Black immigrant women. With her background as a Jamaican born immigrant and experience as a former care worker, Lemonias depicts the complication of what’s gained and lost in resilience. “It’s an honor to receive this award and take advantage of the opportunities included. With this recognition for innovation and merit, I look forward to sharing my work’s conceptual thought with hopes to inform a wider audience on its themes.“ says Lemonias.

Lemonias earned her MFA at the University of South Florida in 2022, and currently teaches as the Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She has completed artist residencies at Aferro Gallery, Guttenberg Arts, and most recently at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. In addition to her studio practice, Lemonias is a co-creator and co-host of The Hidden Critique, a podcast to support young artists of color navigating MFA programs to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

A special thank you to longtime JRACraft member Chris Rifkin for generously sponsoring this year’s Chrysalis Award.

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Want to meet Krystle and dive deeper into the world of fiber arts? Join us on Saturday, March 30, for our Distinguished Artist Series Demonstration with fiber artist Tamara Kostianovsky, for the opportunity to meet both artists!
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