For De'Ivyion Drew, art is a love ballad.
Their art is a way to reflect and uplift their experiences as a Black, gender-fluid person, as well as the experiences of their community.
Drew, a graduate student in UNC's School of Information and Library Science, said that various aspects of her identity influence her creative process. They are resonant in the art they create, through mediums such as sculpture, photography, painting and writing.
"When I think about my personal art career, almost all of my work is narrative artwork," she said. "And I think that because I have that orientation, it allows me to not only dive deep into myself, but to dive deep within my community and where I find my support circle and really what makes me, me — in all of the different ways and all of the different wholenesses that shows up."
Drew was a collaborator and artist in #BlackOutLoudUNC, a project that included an exhibition of artwork by Black students in 2019 and aimed to uplift narrative art surrounding the experience of being Black at UNC.
Along with curators Jerry Wilson and Cortland Gilliam, she said that a large part of the project revolved around exploring the history of Black students at UNC through Wilson Library.
Their focus included the Black pioneers, the first Black graduates at UNC and the creativity that lies within the community of Black students at UNC.
Kolby Oglesby, a junior majoring in sociology and minoring in screenwriting, is a filmmaker who uses film to explore the intersections of his identity as a mixed-race Black man.
His sophomore year project was creating a show called Sunbather with UNC Student Television. It was a narrative, fictional show based on his own experiences navigating primarily white school environments, coming in contact more with his Black culture in college and navigating his experience with Black masculinity.