Artist Talk with Women’s Mobile Museum artists: Andrea Walls and Tash Billington in conversation with Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, Paul Rucker

Andrea Walls
'Railroaded' by Andrea Walls

As part of the Women’s Mobile Museum events, this virtual event will feature a talk with the artists below. After you RSVP, we will send you a link to the virtual event closer to the time. This event is open to GW students only.


This event is open to the GW community (students, staff and faculty members).


Tash Billington is a Philadelphia native who uses art as a way to heal, motivate and give back to the world. She specializes in photography, painting and community engagement. Best known for assisting on large scale public mural projects and being a part of the Women's Mobile Museum Collective, Tash currently works with Philadelphia Mural Arts, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and Amber Art and Design. In 2019, Tash was one of 180 selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review out of 3,500 applicants worldwide.


Andrea Walls feels brutalized by stories of global injustice, including poverty, human displacement and violence against the environment. She makes art across genres as an act of resistance. She is grateful to the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, the Hedgebrook Community for Women Authoring Change and the Women’s Mobile Museum for their ongoing support and sustenance. She is pleased that her poetry and visual art have found homes in publications she admires, including Callaloo, Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters; Solstice Literary Magazine; Tidal Basin Review; Kweli; The Fourth River; bozalta: Arts, Activism & Scholarship, and HEArt (human equity through art) online journal. She lives and makes art in Philadelphia and continues to seek creative ways to disengage with capitalist structures, racist institutions and all systems of oppression.


Paul Rucker, the 2020-2021 Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, is a visual artist, composer and musician who often combines media as he integrates live performance, sound, original compositions and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research and basic human emotions surrounding a particular subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on the prison industrial complex and the many issues accompanying incarceration and its relationship to slavery. He has performed and presented visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with educational institutions to address the issue of mass incarceration. Presentations have taken place in schools, active prisons and inactive prisons, such as Alcatraz.




The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is excited to host Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94), a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibit will be built through community participation August 25, 2020 to February 1, 2021, and is accompanied by virtual programming, teaching resources, and more. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation is simultaneously taking place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally in 2020.


We invite you to participate and explore the rich materials, such as reading lists, audio files and playlists, and virtual events connected to this exhibit. Throughout the fall semester we will be completing the toe tags representing lives lost and installing them on the map of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona installed in the atrium of the Corcoran Flagg Building.