2019 Power Plant Gallery Summer Residency

The Power Plant Gallery is pleased to welcome Vonnie Quest as our summer #PPGArtist from May 28-July 6, 2019. While in residence, Vonnie plans to continue work on his project Mae in the Midst of a Summer, which recounts the unsolved murder of his maternal grandmother, Mae Ethel Turner, killed in 1996. Through an interactive zine, experimental film, and collaged works, combining photographs from childhood with present-day images, Vonnie seeks to imagine his grandmother’s would-be-existence in the present. Using two familial leather photo albums, Vonnie will also explore the role of the album in creating memory and meaning in Black families. 

As part of his residency Vonnie will have 24/7 access to the 1500-square-foot Power Plant Gallery as his studio, plus a $750 stipend. The public is encouraged to engage with Vonnie during open studio hours. Vonnie will also curate a cinema art program as part of his ongoing Afro+ProjectionLAB, which screens finished and in-progress experimental films made by Black media artists. More information on studio hours and the screening program will be made public at a later date. Check out Vonnie’s latest experimental short, Remnants of a Room, which recently screened as part of the first Smithsonian African American Film Festival (October 2018).

Devon Smith better known as Vonnie Quest (b. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1991) is an interdisciplinary documentary artist, whose work considers the various ways that ingenuity manifest in everyday life. Working in various material and mediums, Vonnie situates his work within the sphere of collage, documentary, and experimental cinema practices and is influenced by family history, Surrealism, and Hip Hop. When he is not making work, he is spending time with his wife and two children in Durham, North Carolina.


Smithsonian African American Film Festival

I am excited to announce that Remnants of A Room is set to screen at the first-ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival on Saturday October 27th 2018. Remnants will screen as a part of filmmaker-curator Amir Georges’ Cinema Culture program “Remnants of a Dream". I will be in D.C. for the screening, so if you are in the area feel free to drop in. Get more details at https://aafilmfest.si.edu/discover/films #AAFilmfest

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Milwaukee Film Festival Screening

 "Remnants of A Room" will screen through Cream City Cinema: Milwaukee I Show at Milwaukee Film Festival.Afterwards there will be a brief Q&A. I look forward to seeing you there and having discussions about black experimental cinema. September 7th 2017 7pm at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, WI.


Official Selection

Official Selection

Milwaukee Short Film Festival 2017

  I was honored to have been able to screen my short experimental documentary "Inside Out" with the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, and share a snippet of Sals' story with Milwaukee residents . The film went home with two awards, " Audience Choice Award" and the "Artistic Achievement" award. I am also honored to have been able to screen my film with other talented filmmakers in the community.

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Festival Screening & Awards

"Remnants Of A Room" screened at the 72nd Student Film Festival this past May. I 'am glad to announce that the film won "Jurors Choice Award" as well as the "Audience Choice Award".  I was also awarded a dual membership to the Milwaukee Film Festival. I was honored to have been able to show work at this years' student film festival.

Festival Screening

"Remnants Of A Room" to screen at 12th Annual Heritage Film Festival May 15th 2017 in Maryland

I am excited to announce that "Remnants Of A Room" was selected to screen at the 12th Annual Heritage Film Festival. Unfortunately I will not be able to be in attendance, but very happy to be  screening work  along side some really talented artist.