Originally from Truchas, New Mexico, Alicia Inez Guzmán currently lives and works in Santa Fe. Her writing focuses on indigenous and mestizo art practices and histories of land use in the Southwest. She is a 2017 recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for her website Tierra Firme Projects.
Cara Levine grew up in Los Angeles CA. She currently lives and works in Portland, OR. Levine is an artist exploring the intersections of the physical, metaphysical, traumatic and illusionary through sculpture, video, photography, and socially engaged practice. She has shown work in various places including the Wattis Center for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. She has been a recent artist in residence at The Arctic Circle Residency, SIM Residency in Iceland, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Kala Institute for Art, Vermont Studio Center, and Signal Fire Arts. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Lewis and Clark College and has taught as a lecturer in at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts. She taught ceramic arts at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland CA from 2013-2015, and was a Sculpture Teaching Fellow at California College of the Arts (CCA) from 2013-2015. She received her MFA in sculpture from CCA in 2012. She has worked extensively with the disability arts community over the last 7 years with organizations including NIAD (Richmond CA), Creative Growth (Oakland CA), UCPLA (Los Angeles), Project Grow and Public Annex (Portland OR). Cara practices yoga and meditation, contemplative and authentic movement. She believes in the human in the body. She lives with her dog and constant collaborator, Pigeon.
Eliza Myrie born in New York in 1981 and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. Myrie was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2016, Artist-In-Residence at The University of Chicago in 2012, and participant at The Skowhegan School in 2010. Myrie received her MFA from Northwestern University and her BA from Williams College. Myrie has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Williams College and convenes The Black Artists Retreat. Exhibitions include Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2016); Shane Campbell, Chicago (2016); Roots and Culture, Chicago (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2012); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago (2010); Davidson Contemporary, New York (2010). Myrie experiments with multiple forms of popular media, focusing on class, ethnicity, politics, and race. She manipulates images through sculpture, printmaking, and drawing to create new narratives.
Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard has a self-designed B.A. in Visual Art, Psychology, and Gender Studies from Antioch College. They have an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Printmaking. Their work has been shown at Somarts, Mission Cultural Center, and in a number of the National Queer Arts Festival shows. They were a Queer Cultural Center Grantee for a 2014 show called Breaking Code, looking at mental health through a queer lens. They are currently a fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Their cohort is grappling with and responding to the question “Why Citizenship?” They are an Artist in Residence and educator at Kala Art Institute. In 2016 they were a resident at A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans, through Tulane University. They were awarded a residency at Santa Fe Art Institute in 2017. In their spare time they nerd out about gender, feed wild animals in local parks, carve gourd luminaries, and make new things from the Southern Living magazine recipes section.
Huang Yi Ying / Annpo
I am Huang Yi Ying with a pen name: Annpo which combine my English name Ann with nickname PO. In Chinese, the name or words means “active” or “tough,” so that present me well. My writing focus on non-fiction, which bases on my major course :anthropology and journalism. I had worked in international development and as a journalist, before concentrating on my writing full time. These experience leads me to build my writing career in humanitarian and global view, and in cross-culture. As journalist, I focus on human right , environment and culture issues, and I wrote a lot of reports about China. But in my own fieldwork and writing, I prefer to study Asian culture and society , such as the identity and struggle of Okinawa people, the stories and difficulties of the migrant workers from Southeast Asia. I enjoy finding out the life stories of Asia people, thinking about the meaning of borderline and boundary. Anthropological methods shape the very way I sees the world, every day life is fieldwork. I also takes a deep interest in cultural topics and learning Asia’s many different languages. I am hungry to know the world, that’s why I travel, and talk to locals. What judges the success of a trip by how many times I am invited to eat with strangers and new friends in their houses. I previously published Unseen Beijing, TRISTES FRONTIÈRES , Not just an observer and won the award of the China times best book in 2015 , and was nominated The best five essays of Taiwan Literature award in 2016.
Gil Ngolé Memphis based artist, born in the Republic of the Congo-Brazzaville during the postcolonial era, a social and political environment that is an important source of inspiration. He got a BFA in painting and installation at Rueil-Malmaison’s College of art in France, and he is pursuing a MFA in sculpture and sound installation at the Memphis College of Art, where he is developing a nomadic practice combining sound and sculpture. His works was on display at The Musée du Mac-Val (France, 2008), Crosstown Arts Memphis (2014 and 2015), the Memorial Art Gallery (2014), and the Season Moved Tops Gallery (2015), and since November 3rd 2016 at the MidnightWalks Sumter Art Gallery in South Caroina. Currently collaborating with Oxford University Department of law, on the Border Criminologies project since April 27th 2017. His awards includes The Honenberg Scholarship (2015), The RiverArts Scholarship (2015), The Merit Scholarship (2014), and others private scholarship.
Jacinthe TwoBulls is a weaver of cedar bark, spruce roots, nettles, maidenhair fern, and wool. Her basketry celebrates the subtle beauty of nature. Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, TwoBulls was raised in Hydaburg, Alaska. She is of the Stáas’taas clan of the Haida Nation and her crests include Eagle, beaver, sculpin, and frog. TwoBulls learned the art of Haida basketry from her mother, Vicki LeCornu. At the age of seven she wove her first cedar bark basket with yarn twining. Since then she has completed hundreds of baskets. TwoBulls learned the art of Haida form-line and woodcarving from her father, Adrian LeCornu. She has applied Haida form-line to baskets with paint and false-embroidery. In 2016, TwoBulls received a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award, which enabled her to create an outfit made of cedar bark. She continues to work on innovative and sustainable textiles on her home in Hydaburg, Alaska.
Jacqueline Barnes creates worlds that reflect our current society through a fantastical lens. She is a storyteller that engages with different forms of escapist media such as animations, speculative fiction, video games, and graphic novels. She also deals with creating different forms of representation within these mediums in terms of race, gender, and sexuality. Jacqueline’s work stems from a personal need to see herself and others represented positively in a fun and engaging way. Interdisciplinary at heart, she believes there is no one tried and true way to tell a story, and often employs different mediums in her work. Whether it be through word processing, panels and comics, or the in-betweens in an animation, Jacqueline finds the many facets of storytelling fun to explore. Currently, she is working on exploring the different facets of black fantasy and developed a new term: PhantaNoir, an exploration in black fantasy, in order to contextualize that work.
Peggy Diggs is an artist who, for four decades, has made public work that addresses contemporary social issues such as domestic violence, contemporary life, and race. With a BA from George Washington University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Diggs was trained as a printmaker but in order to reach a broader public, she has utilized forms such as junk mail, flags, milk cartons, and billboards. She often collaborates with specific communities to produce site-responsive, issue-specific projects that are relevant to a unique set of conditions. Through these public works, she has printed on money and then put it into circulation, given collapsible furniture to formerly homeless seniors, and distributed napkins printed with questions about race in college eating facilities.Diggs’ work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States, featured at institutions such as Mass MoCa, Project Row Houses, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. She has received broad support for her work, most notably from Creative Capital, National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Creative Time. Diggs has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Williams College and Berkshire County Community College. In 2013 she moved to Galisteo, NM, and plans to stay and work there forever.
Tiger Toe Radical Recess
Rebecca and Heather (aka Tiger Toe Collective) met at an adult summer camp where they instantly bonded over their love of play, sports and all forms of creativity. While painting each other’s faces, they hatched a plot to make the world a more just and fun place. Rebecca is a creative professional specializing in animation, illustration, typography and visual art that doesn’t take itself too seriously. She is driven by a sense of play and helping others feel permission to let their creative, goofball flags fly. While in Chicago she spent several summers facilitating campouts for kids in their local parks. Rebecca loves helping kids of all ages unleash their messy creativity, learn to trust their instincts, and take responsibility for themselves and the natural environment. Heather is a bounce house of fun dedicated to facilitating play, recreational opportunities and helping people discover their bodies are a joyful place to be. She’s a writer, fitness coach, play facilitator, creator and glue gun cowgirl. Heather is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and earned her master’s in recreation, parks and tourism from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in encouraging women’s active leisure. She is interested in using the creative process and play to explore physical culture and mind/body/feeling relationships. Rebecca and Heather are a dynamic duo combining sports and art in unique ways. They’re collaborative energies unleash Tiger Toe Collective whose mission is to facilitate empowering play and active creativity.
Tony is a storyteller. Writing has been his lifelong passion. His freelance writing career started the second week of college. A local newspaper needed a freelance writer to help covering high school football games. Interesting opportunities to write continued to follow him thru life. Working as a magazine restaurant reviewer for two years is one of his favorite experiences. Moving to Panama and writing full time started two new adventures for Tony. With three novels in hand he began seeking an agent. What he soon found was another writing opportunity, commercial copywriting. Tony’s creative life now balances freelance commercial work with writing novels. The internet offers connections which makes him feel like a citizen of the world. With this freedom, Tony is considering making his tropical paradise in Panama his permanent residence. Tony comes to the Santa Fe Arts Institute in 2017 to write a historical fiction novel. Set in the post-Civil War frontier of New Mexico, it features wild camels. These animals were a historical footnote from the US Army experiment with the Camel Corps.
Veronica Jackson makes connections across the various disciplines of visual culture—art, architecture, and design—as compiled in her multi-decade portfolio in the areas of exhibition, interpretive, and communication design. She honed her ability to deliver information in accessible methods and to broad audiences by working on culturally significant and historically prominent projects. Examples range from the African Voices exhibit for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History to Discovering the Civil War at the National Archives and Records Administration. Jackson brings numerous capabilities to each enterprise. At a minimum, these encompass communicating to diverse audiences and creating inviting and engaging exhibits that promote discovery. As the Lead Designer on several large and small-scale endeavors, she collaborates with clients, industry professionals, and the public to ensure elegant and approachable experiences from concept to implementation. Jackson is also a dedicated proponent for accessibility in the visual arts. She holds firm that once exposed to it, art is a transformative experience. Whatever role artistic exploration plays for an individual or a society, Jackson is committed to ensuring its existence and availability to anyone who wants to produce it, gaze at it, debate it, or simply live with it. With the intent of integrating her personal ontology with her professional practice, Jackson pursued and recently received a Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Her graduate school and ongoing work examines identity, agency, and empowerment as performed by women of color in visual culture.