Tracy Fenix

MUP and MA '23

Tracy Fenix

Tracy Fenix is a native Tejana pursuing a dual degree Masters of Curatorial Practice and Urban Planning student at the University of Southern California. They were the Artist Engagement and Archive Manager at Visual AIDS in New York City for three years (2018-21) where they built up the Archive Project and Artist+ Registry to a successful Andrew W. Mellon Community-based Archives grant. Tracy began their curatorial career at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY where they provided curatorial assistance on the Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness and Jackie Brookner: Of Nature exhibitions from 2016-17. Fenix was a recent Summer 2022 Fellow at the Times Square Alliance supporting the new Charles Gaines' American Manifest Project. Fenix recently co-curated ONE Archives Days of Rage online queer poster exhibition with USC Professor Andy Campbell and Austen Villacis. Tracy is dedicated to an interdisciplinary, participatory approach to placemaking/keeping, which centers Black, Indigenous, and immigrant narratives within public, historical, and artistic spaces. Fenix recently collaborated with 18th Street Arts Center and USC RAP to support their Culture Mapping 90404 Project documenting ongoing BIPOC histories. Through their work, Tracy is examining the cultural and historical legacies of queer Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the built environment. Fenix is currently focused on researching indigenous cultural placemaking initiatives and site-specific ecological BIPOC art projects within Southern California and the broader Southwest region.

Tracy Fenix, Big Sur, CA, March 2022
Jackie Brookner, "Of Nature," 2016. Photo by Stefan Hagen
Wave Hill, "Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness," 2017. Photo by Stefan Hagen
"Days of Rage" curators and artists reflecting on archival queer posters, March 2022. Photo by ONE Archives.