Carrie Mae Weems
was born in Portland, Oregon in 1953. She studied both art and folklore during her explorations of society and culture. Weems received a BA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and possesses an MA in folklore from the University of California, Berkley. Weems is a prominent photographer and mosaic designer who has been featured in exhibitions at Boston University, MA; The Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, NY; and at The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, TX among others. Weems has also taught courses at such campuses as Harvard University and Hunter College (CUNY).