Kiayani Douglas received her BFA in ceramics and an interdisciplinary MFA from The Hartford Art School. She studied across the Americas including El Salvador, Oakland, California, and Miami, Florida, with unique faculty including curator Nico Wheadon, and artists Mary Mattingly, Mark Dion, and Christy Gast. As an interdisciplinary portrait artist, Douglas uses her art to engage individuals in important conversations around social justice narratives. She has recently restored the oldest Mural in Springfield, Massachusetts, originally painted by artist Donald Blanton in the late 60’s as a part of the Afro Cobra movement. Douglas continues to show work and engage with different communities throughout New England. Before coming to Taft, Douglas worked at several boarding and private schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She lives in HDT with her partner Akeem and son Onyx.