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222 Exchange: The Selfology Tour

  • Visiting Artist Residence 2503 Holman Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

In conjunction with her residency at Project Row Houses, artist Edra Soto presents a performance by LA-based artist Ree Botts. 

Ree Botts is a poet, scholar, and activist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ree is currently a second year graduate student of African American Studies and Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the fall of 2017, she will pursue a PhD of African Diaspora studies at the University of California, Berkeley. During her undergraduate trajectory as a Sociology and Anthropology major at Spelman College, she was inspired to study Black women's perceptions of self and its impact on their identity. She began intertwining her own journey of self discovery with her studieswhich is illuminated through the rich depth of her work both within and outside the academy. Ree also has incorporated her global travel to Ghana, South Africa, The Bahamas, and Paris into her scholastic research, her poetic writing, and her motivational healing sessions. In 2015, Botts was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society for her outstanding academic success. She has also been recognized for her overall achievement as a UNCF Mellon Mays Fellow, a Women of Excellence Leadership scholar, a member of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Miss Morehouse College 2014 - 2015, and Ebony Magazine's Top 10 HBCU Queens. Botts was featured in the 23 & Graduated miniseries which aired nationally on television stations from CBS. Today, she is the proud founder of The Selfology Movement which inspires Black women to become self enlightened through a soul searching process of internal revelation. The Selfology model has been adopted on campuses across the nation, and even the world, from Kentucky State University, where Botts was featured as the Women’s History Month Convocation Speaker, to The University of Cape Town in South Africa. Ree has hosted Selfology workshops at schools such as Emory University, UCLA, Spelman College, and the Stonewall Tell School. She is currently writing her first poetry book, entitled “ree-centered : a poetic collection of selfology” which was inspired by her own selfology journey. Ree looks forward to sharing her work with the world very soon. To learn more about The Selfology Movement, please visit, and my personal website to learn more about my journey to self love and healing.

About the 2:2:2 Exchange
The 2:2:2 Exchange is an initiative co-led by Houston’s Project Row Houses and Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center. The exchange features an interchange between two artists, one based in Houston, TX, and one based in Chicago, IL. This collaboration exposes artists already working with socially engaged, site-specific practices to new communities with the goal of expanding their artistic practice in a new context. Through this residency exchange, Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center aim to provide an opportunity for artists to research localized ways of thinking and creating in a different city to enhance their practices at home.

Earlier Event: May 8
Monday Night Tutoring
Later Event: May 15
Monday Night Tutoring