Ebony Iman Dallas is a fifth-generation Oklahoman, second-generation Somali-American. She is an artist, writer, and founder of Afrikanation Artists Organization (AAO).
Ebony received her BA Journalism Advertising and Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and her MFA Design degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her thesis titled “Painted Bridges” explored ways to unify the African American, Afro Caribbean, and continental Africans through art and design for community activism. As a result, Afrikanation Artists Organization was founded as a non-profit, NGO based Hargeisa, Somaliland, and a 501(c)3 in the United States.
Ebony’s work has exhibited extensively in the United States and Somaliland, Somalia in group and solo exhibitions. Her artwork was included in Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” renovation of Urban Roots in Oklahoma and she was a featured artist in the Romare Bearden Centennial Celebration in New York. Her work can be found at The Hargeisa Cultural Center, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and private collections in Namibia, Somaliland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Ebony is a proud graduate of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts program and ArtistINC.