Stephanie Baptist

Dedicating her 500-square-foot living room-turned-gallery to showcasing emerging artists of color and helping individuals see themselves reflected
Photo credit: Anna Wolf

Stephanie is a cultural producer, editor, and founder of Medium Tings, an independent apartment gallery and project space. The gallery operates as a conceptual art incubator for emerging contemporary artists and seeks to expand creative engagement through programming, publications and collaborations.

As part of our 2018 AFROPUNK weekend experience, we partnered with Stephanie for our Independent Art Gallery Tour, where we met with art dealers and curators, explored contemporary Black art, and discussed the importance of reshaping the industry.

The following post is part of a Q&A series with the artists, chefs, curators, and business owners we partnered with to celebrate the cultural force that is Brooklyn.
Photos courtesy of Medium Tings; Left: Marcus Leslie / Right: Milo Matthieu
Tell us something about you and/or your Medium Tings we wouldn't know from reading your bio.
I currently live and work in the space, which has been incredibly exciting and convenient but also a bit exhausting! I find myself burning the midnight oil, because I can walk from one room to the other and be in work mode.
When and how did you first discover your passion for art?
I currently live and work in the space, which has been incredibly exciting and convenient but also a bit exhausting!
I have always been inspired by photography for as long as I can remember. In my household growing up, my mother would take great care of our family photo albums, which perhaps indirectly started me on my art path! I had aspirations to become a professional photographer but found the commercial side of the business really interesting, so I switched paths and became an agent for photographers. Working in field, I attended a lot of exhibitions, which helped to broaden my reach to all mediums of art.
What do you love most about living and working in Brooklyn? As Brooklyn has changed in recent years, how has that impacted your industry?
I love the energy and community of Brooklyn. Most of my friends are here, which makes a big difference. It is lovely to walk out of your house and run into people you know, or to go to restaurants where you actually know the owners. It is truly comforting to be a part of a community, especially in a place like New York, where it can be hard to find your place. While Brooklyn has been changing rapidly, I am excited by most of the growth as there has been a lot of newer wellness spaces, boutiques and cafes being opened by people of color. This is inspiring and I feel that it impacts my industry in a positive way, as I am part of a newer eco system of entrepreneurs who want to contribute and give back to the community.
I am part of a newer eco system of entrepreneurs who want to contribute and give back to the community.
Photo courtesy of Medium Tings; Artwork by Arielle Bobb-Willis
Why did you decide to start your own thing? What has been the most rewarding part?
I realized that a small part of me was always going to wonder what if...
I have had the desire to become an entrepreneur for a long time, but have always stopped myself for many reasons, fear being the main culprit. I finally decided because I realized that a small part of me was always going to wonder what if... I also had so many ideas and was tired of waiting for the right opportunity. The most rewarding part is the fact that I have created something larger than myself that resonates with people. Having conversations with strangers about art, is incredibly rewarding and inspires me to keep going.
What are you most looking forward to sharing with our group during the AFROPUNK weekend experience?
I am so very excited to host Runway Experience and look forward to sharing the work of Marcus Leslie, a self-taught Brooklyn based painter whose first solo exhibition will be on view in the gallery!
Learn more about Stephanie and Medium Tings on her website and connect on Instagram.

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