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MMAA Official Launch Party for Fall Art Crawl

Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN, Keynote Speaker, 2013

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MMAA Project Space
Art Exchange in Jones Commons

Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN, Exhibition, 2013

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The Flame
An Evening with Ta–coumba T. Aiken

Minnesota Humanities Center — TPT’s MN Original, St. Paul, MN, Workshop, 2013

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MN O Minnesota Original
Forever Saint Paul Challenge

St. Paul Foundation — MN Idea Open, St. Paul, MN, Commission, 2013

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Saint Paul Foundation MN O Minnesota Original Twin Cities Daily Planet Twin Cities.com — Pioneer Press MINNPOST MN Daily Saint Paul Almanac MPR News


TwinCities.com — Media Center CBS Minnesota
Black and White

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, St. Paul, MN, Group Exhibition and Live Call & Response with the YTT Band, 2013


Ta-coumba Aiken and Joseph Norman
Premiere of BATUQUE

The Cowles Center — Contempo Physical Dance, Minneapolis, MN, Set and Costume Design, 2013

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The Cowles Center
Black and White

The Gordon Parks Gallery, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, Group Exhibition, 2013

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Gordon Parks Gallery
Dolly Fiterman Collection: Insights into Modern Art

O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Gallery — University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, Featured Artist, 2013

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Dolly Fiterman Collection Fiterman Collection Poster


Great Clips, Minneapolis, MN, Commission and Artist Coordinator of 30TH Anniversary Mural, 2012


Great Clips Convention

Epiphany Gallery, Minnetonka, MN, Solo Exhibition and Keynote Speaker, 2012

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Mount Calvary Luthern Church
Peace Mural

Simply Jane’s Studio, Minneapolis, MN, Collaborative Design Mural, 2012

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Simply Jane Studio Southwest Minneapolis Patch
State of the Arts with Marianne Combs

Black Artists Panel — Minnesota Public Radio

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How the Twin Cities have changed — and not changed — for African American artists

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Charles Landry: A Living Mural

Talk–It Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN, Interactive Mural, 2012

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Talk–It Hennepin Press Release
Project Coffee Pot

A Theater Installation by Adam Conrad & Benjamin Kelly, St. Paul, MN, Interactive Murals, 2012

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Project Coffee Pot — Facebook Project Coffee Pot — YouTube
Institute for Global Citizenship

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, Commission: Mural, 2012

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Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College Star Tribune
Stop, Look, Art!

The Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund — Friends of the Plymouth Library, Plymouth, MN, Speaker, 2012

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Stoneleigh at the Reserve
2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Award

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St.Paul, MN, Award Recipient for VISION, 2012

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Ordway Press Release
Minnesota Public Radio

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Putting Our Stories on the Street

Talk–It Hennepin — Hennepin Theater Trust, Minneapolis, MN, Workshop, 2012

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Minneapolis–Talk–It Hennepin


Plan–it Hennepin
Celebrating Our Similarities and Differences

Wayzata East Middle School, Wayzata, MN, Artist–in–Residence: four murals, 2012

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EMS Artist–in–Residence on Flicker

McGrill Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Solo Exhibition, 2012

Breath of Life — A Retrospective

McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN, Solo Exhibition and Performance, 2011

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Breath of Life Catalog


Breath of Life | Solo Exhibition Breath of Life Promo Clip Improvestra Rehearsal

Spirit Museum — Absolute Vodka, Stockholm, Sweden, Honor, 2011



Bruner/Loeb Forum, Minneapolis, MN, panelist, 2011

Celebrating Our Similarities and Our Differences

College of St. Scholastica, Duluth Campus, MN, Collaborative Murals, 2011

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St. Scholastic College Community Mural Public Welcome to Help Paint Mural Design of Mural at St. Scholastica
In The Spirit

Gordon Parks Gallery — Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, Solo Exhibition, 2011

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City Pages: The Dressing Room City Pages: Calendar

MN Original, St. Paul, MN, Promotional TPT Production, 2011


MNO Minnesota Original

USA Fellowship, Nomination

CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Cleveland, OH, Selection Panelist, 2010

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Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Paint The Pavement (PTP)

International Habitat for Humanity Conference and The Rosalind & Jimmy Carter Workforce, St. Paul, MN, Commission: Mural, 2010


The Eastside Pride's Photo Stream

Resource Center Gallery — Saint Cloud Technical College, Saint Cloud, MN, Solo Exhibition, 2010

Rhythms of Life: A community collaboration

MFA Inter–disciplinary program — Goddard College, Port Townsend WA, Keynote Speaker, 2010

Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul, MN, Commission, 2010

Kwanzaa Celebration — Voice of Unity Cube

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN, Workshop, 2010

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Minnesota Historical Society

Healing Hearts Healing Hands

Inaugural Exhibition Gallery — Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN, Solo Exhibition, 2009

Park Central IB World Charter High School, St. Paul, MN, Artist in–Residence: Mosaic, 2009

Hazel Park Academy, St. Paul, MN, Artist–in–Residence: Mural, 2009

Visual Jazz

Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN, Group Exhibition, 2009

Field School, Minneapolis, MN, Artist–in–Residence: Mural, 2009

Minnesota Department of Health — Minority Health Disparity Conference, St. Paul, MN, Commission, 2009

National Art Educators Conference Artist Series, Minneapolis, MN, Keynote Speaker, 2009

Technicolor Blues

SAGE Awards, Minneapolis, MN, Nominated for Set Design, 2008

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VOICES | The 2008 SAGE Nominations
Beyond the Colored Museum

Macalester College Gallery, St. Paul, MN, Guest Curator, 2008


Macalester College Art Department
Start Seeing Art

City of St. Paul — Robert Street Municipal Parking Ramp, St. Paul, MN, Commission, 2008

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Start Seeing Art



Call and Response… The Act of Collaboration

Minneapolis Institute of Arts MAEP, Minneapolis, MN, Solo Exhibition, 2007

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts MN Artists City Pages Twin Cities Daily Planet


IDream TV — Digital Photography Flicker– MIA IDream TV Vimeo


KFAI Radio

Jeremiah Project: Saint Paul Campus, St. Paul, MN, Exterior Mosaic, 2007

50th–Birthday Murals

Island Lake Elementary School — Sponsored by the Chinese Heritage Fund, Shoreview, MN, Artist–in–Residence: Murals, 2007

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Star Tribune — Shoreview Elementary: Small pieces, big pictures
Paper Chase

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Selected Group Exhibition: Siri Enberg Curator, 2007

On the Move

Chicago Lake Transit Center — Ryan Construction Public, Minneapolis, MN, Installation, 2006

Chicago Avenue and Lake Street–Minneapolis Transit Center
The Power of…

New Central Library, Minneapolis, MN, Mosaic, 2006

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Art at Hennepin County Library ART Express Minneapolis
Living Green Expo

Collaboration of government agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses, led by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, St. Paul, MN, Mural, 2006

Edge Magazine


Olson Middle School, MN, Murals, 2005

Thrivent Lutheran Corporation Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Solo Exhibition, 2005

Rondo Community, St. Paul, MN, Recipient: Kwanzaa People’s Award, 2005

Imagination and Memory

Interview; Collaborated with Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

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MPR — Imagination and Memory on Stage
Metamorphosis – To Be or Not to Be

Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, Solo Exhibition, 2004

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HighBeam – StarTribune StarTribune — Healing art; Ta-coumba Aiken's paintings combine dazzling colors with positive imagery.
Stay Nice

Gillette Children's Hospital, St. Paul, MN, Collaborative Mural: Gillette patients, 2004

The Artist’s Toolbox — Visual Elements & Principles

ArtsConnectedEd — Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Education, 2003


Artist in Action


Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, New Acquisitions, 2001

Open Face

Walker Art Center—Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN, Solo Installation, 2001


ADC International World Headquarters, Eden Prairie, MN, Mural, 2001

Public Art and Design Committee

Hiawatha Line (Light Rail), Minneapolis, MN, Panelist, 2001

Child’s Play

Twin Cities Housing Corporation, St. Paul, MN, Commission: Mural, 2001


Child’s Play

Voices of Hope

Gospel Union Child Care Center — Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish and the City of Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN, Mural, 2000

The Source

Grantmakers in the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Panelist — The McKnight Foundation, 2000

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Arts in Suburban Communities Transcript: The Need for Strategic Partnership
Peanuts on Parade —Lucy

City of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN, Commission, 2000

Marcy Open School, Minneapolis, MN, History Mural, 2000

Cinderella Stories

Stepping Stone Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, Set Design, 2000

The Lake Street Project — Artists’ Concept for Developing Community

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis,MN, Guest Curator, 2000

Hollman Project, Minneapolis, MN, Artist Consultant, 2000

Books for Africa — Advisory Board, 2000


Highgrove Credit Union, Saint Paul, MN, Mural, 1999

Weed & Seed Public Art Project Sculpture

Richard Green — Central, Minneapolis, MN, 1999

Capital New Year 2000

City of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN, Illustrator, 1999

Voted — Best Local Artist

CITY PAGES, Twin Cities, MN, Award, 1999

Community Artists’ Collectives’

National Community Development and the Arts Conference, Houston, TX, Keynote Speaker, 1999

Pangea World Theater

Minnesota State Arts Board, Minneapolis, MN, Recipient: Cultural Collaboration Grant, 1999

AFRICA, One Continent Many Worlds

Minnesota Science Museum, St. Paul, MN, Collaboration: ten murals, 1999

Celebration of Life Mural

Minneapolis, MN, Mural: Collaboration with Master Muralist Dr. John Biggers and lead artist Seitu Jones, 1997

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Celebration of Life
Vision From Within

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Curator, 1997

Absolut Aiken

Absolut Vodka — ABSOLUT EXPRESSIONS, St. Paul, MN, Promotional, 1996

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Black Enterprise

New Acquisition Exhibitions, Saint Paul, MN, Exhibition, 1996

Unique Images

Fine Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN, Exhibition, 1996

National Endowment for the Arts

Gottlieb Fellowship, New York, NY, Visual Arts Fellowship, 1994


Nicollet Mall—Art In Public Places Project, Minneapolis, MN, Public Art: Collaboration with Artist Seitu Jones, 1993

Interrogating Identity

The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, Solo Exhibition, 1993

Saint Paul Cultural Garden

Kellogg Mall Park, Saint Paul, MN, Public Art: Under the supervision of Cliff Garten; in collaboration with Armando Gutierrez and Xiaowei Ma, Roberta Hill–Whitman, Soyini Guyton, 1993

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City of St. Paul, MN — Official Website — Saint Paul Cultural Garden


Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, St. Paul, MN, 1992

Zenon Dance Company

Minnesota State Arts Board, Minneapolis, MN, Cultural Collaborations Grant, 1992


VocalEssence — A Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaborations Grant, St.Paul, MN, Commission, 1991

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VocalEssence — WITNESS VocalEssence VocalEssence WITNESS Recordings

Headland Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, Residency, 1991

Art in Public Places

Minneapolis Arts Commission Minneapolis, MN, 1990

Good Thunder Feed & Grain Elevator

Good Thunder Development Corp., Good Thunder, MN, Commission, 1988

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Good Thunder Feed & Grain Elevator Welcome to Americanaville Panoramio

Spirit House

Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, MAEP Galleries, Minneapolis, MN, Group Exhibition: Installation — Collaboration with artists Seitu Jones, and William Slack, 1987

Welcome to Elliot Park

Elliot Park Neighborhood Mural, Minneapolis, MN, Commission, 1985

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Start Seeing Art CityPages

Pollock–Krasner Foundation Fellowship Grant

2nd World Black and African Cultural Arts Festival (FESTAC)

National Nigerian Museum, Lagos, Nigeria, International Group Exhibition: represented the U.S.A. as a visual artist, 1997

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

St Paul Almanac, St. Paul, MN, Mural, 1975

Young African American’s On the Move Award

Container Corporation of America — International Aspen Design Conference, Aspen, CO, Award, 1969


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