B. Proud. It's the name that's on her birth certificate, and it's a name she must live up to. In doing so, she has become an artist/activist with work primarily focused on the LGBTQ+ community. Proud created the First Comes Love Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, stories, and video of couples in long-term relationships, as a personal way of fighting the sort of bigotry against the LGBTQ+ community. The accompanying hardbound, self-published book, "First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships," includes a foreword by icon Edie Windsor. A compilation of black & white portraits and stories of 65 couples, the book has won two gold medals.
Continuing in her role as artist/activist, the sequel project, Transcending Love, focuses on transgender couples and families across the country. Traveling to 24 states to date, Proud is determined to make a difference if only by changing one mind at a time. A section of this project, Say Their Names, highlights the violence against the transgender community. Work from this project is currently traveling the Netherlands for 6 months.
B. Proud has exhibited her award-winning work in exhibitions around the globe. Her work from the project First Comes Love has garnered several awards, was a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and was included in the 4th International Biennial of Photography in Berlin in 2016, as well as having been exhibited 14 times across the country. Work from "Say Their Names" is currently traveling the Netherlands as part of an outdoor exhibition sponsored by the Pride Photo Awards. She has previously received grants from The University of the Arts, the B W Bastian Foundation, the Delaware State Arts Council, and the Puffin Foundation. Proud’s work can be found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Haverford College, the Weeks Gallery, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Delaware Art Museum.
B. Proud is on the faculty at ICP in NYC and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia