Xaviera Simmons’ body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. Simmons' received a BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending 2 years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s ISP in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Xaviera has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include; The Museum of Modern, MoMA PS1, Nouveau Museum National de Monaco, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund and The Sculpture Center. Simmons is a recipient of numerous awards including AIR at The Studio Museum In Harlem, The David Driskell Prize, The Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship, an Art Matters Fellowship and a SmARTPower Fellowship.