R. Josiah Golson

Chattanooga, TN

Josiah Golson is an artist, lawyer, and the founder of 800 Collective, which uses art as a means of civic engagement. Developing his artistic voice while studying law at the University of Texas, Golson seeks to foster civic dialogue and agency through creative channels and spaces. Golson’s art sessions and projects throughout the country help unpack communities’ complexities and reveal patterns, connections, and ideas one might otherwise overlook. Golson is the author and illustrator of The Souls of Free Folk (Polyphemus Press, 2018), a genre-blending story inspired by the legacy of Black art and activism. His current project, FESTIVAL: An Aquarian Inquiry, is an art series that explores the artist’s use of popular music in the search and assemblage of identity and community.