Khadija Tarver is an artist based in Seattle, WA. She received her MA and BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Tarver recently began to take her interest in poetry, installation, and performance seriously – committing to create and share work. She aims to create intimacies at every scale.
Matthew Offenbacher seeks constructive, positive positions at often difficult intersections of individuals, communities and institutions. His work has been called “freakishly egoless”, vulnerable, funny and queer. Offenbacher grew up in Portland, Oregon and lives in Seattle, Washington, USA. He also runs La Norda Specialo, a press which publishes ‘zines and books by Northwest artists.
Natasha Marin is a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged by Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, PBS and others. This year, the City of Seattle and King County have backed BLACK IMAGINATION-- a series of conceptual exhibitions. Black Imagination has engaged (and paid!) black folks from all over the PNW region and the world-- amplifying, centering, and holding sacred a diverse sample of voices including LGBTQIA+ black youth, incarcerated black women, black folks with disabilities, unsheltered black folks, and black children. The viral web-based project, Reparations, engaged a quarter of a million people worldwide in the practice of "leveraging privilege," and earned Marin, a mother of two, death threats by the dozens. As a busy consultant and community builder, Natasha was listed as one of 30 women who "Run This City" by Seattle Met magazine in 2018.
Benjamin Gale-Schreck is an interdisciplinary artist, residing in Seattle, Washington. Gale-Schreck’s practice resonates with familial relationships and generational departures. Through object based performance and collaboration; the work weaves the present and the past.
Born in Carlock Illinois, he later moved to Boulder Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated with a BFA in Sculpture, as well as a BA in Art History in 2013. Learning through the reciprocal exchange of teaching, Gale-Schreck worked as an educator as well as fine art fabricator, until moving to Seattle. Receiving an MFA from the University of Washington Seattle in 2016.
He continues to tour nationally with the Flinching Eye Collective, recipients of The Idea Fund funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014, showcasing performances. In addition Gale-Schreck’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in Valdivia Chile, Cuernavaca Mexico, Bethlehem Palestine; Houston, TX, Brooklyn, NY, among others.
Goodsteph is a homegrown artist based in Seattle via Detroit, MI. His work spans across many different mediums, most notably in music, and design. His debut music project mela.nin landed him a spot in City Arts' Best New Artist 2017 issue, and on the Upstream Music Festival stage. In addition to his performance efforts, he has sound design credits for Intiman Theatre's Emerging Artist Program, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Book-It Rep), Milk Like Sugar (ArtsWest), and Peerless (Artswest). His unique artistry encourages growth and empowerment for communities of color first, in hopes to one day create a more healthy, human dwelling place for all.
Christopher Paul Jordan
Christopher Paul Jordan integrates virtual and physical public space to form infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated people. Jordan's paintings and sculptures are time-capsules from his work in community. His 7000 sq. ft. panoramic mural from #COLORED2017 is now buried into the walls of the Carpenter’s Union Building in Tacoma where it can only be rediscovered through demolition. Jordan’s installations and public projects have been implemented internationally including Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, and Mexico. His work has been recognized by the Neddy Artist Award in painting, the James W Ray Venture Project Award, the Jon Imber Fellowship, and the GTCF Foundation of Art Award. Jordan co-directs the grassroots youth organization Fab-5, which empowers young people as creative leaders who inspire change in their surroundings.
THE BLK BLND is a pacific northwest native Artivist (Art + Activist) and experimental poet. In a time where words hurt more than sticks and stones, she uses her art as activism. Mia has amassed years of experience as a freelance writer for several organizations, composing everything from copy to original, research-based pieces. And in her spare time, she organizes art openings, seeks to create new worlds via art and strives to create community.
David Rue + Randy Ford
David Rue is a dance artist born in Liberia, and raised in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of individualized studies that combined Journalism, English, and Dance. From 2011-2015, he performed with TU Dance (directed by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands) in St. Paul, MN where he danced the works of Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Greg Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, and Uri Sands. He has also worked as a freelance arts and entertainment writer for the Minneapolis based publication, The Line Media. He is a 2017 City Arts Magazine Future List artist, and currently works collaboratively with Seattle-based choreographers, visual artists, and research scientists to explore the stories held within the body. David holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and works as the Public Programs Coordinator at Seattle Art Museum.
Randy Ford is a Seattle-born dancer, choreographer, actor, and activist. She/her, they/them grew up learning choreography in their living room from watching music videos as a child. It wasn’t until the age of 17 when performing became a reality. Identifying as a Black non-binary Transfemme, their work continues the conversation about race, gender, and intersectionality. Randy has worked with artists such as Dani Tirrell (Genre Bender, Black Bois), Markeith Wiley (IT’S NOT TOO LATE), Kitten N’ Lou (CAMPTACULAR), and BenDeLaCreme (Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor). They’ve been recognized on City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Future List and SeattleDances’ 2016 DanceCrush Awards. When not on stage they teach at Vashon Dance Academy, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, and with YMCA Powerful Schools.
Simba Mafundikwa was born in New York City and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe where he received a diploma in graphic design and new media from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA). As an undergraduate, Simba studied architecture and graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Delhi. During his time at SUNY, Simba received multiple scholarships and awards, including the Chancellor’s Award which is the highest honor bestowed upon a student in the SUNY system.
Simba participated in the ‘Afro-Imaginaries’ workshop in Harare, run by Columbia University’s GSAPP and Global Africa Lab. Shortly after, he collaborated in an artist residency on a project mapping the city of Harare with Nontsikelelo Mutiti (artist & educator) and Tinashe Mushakavanhu (writer & editor) both of Black Chalk at Keleketla Library in Johannesburg.
Simba’s aptitude for design translates into photography and a love for museums. He likes to document people and culture while traveling, and enjoys blending portraiture with architecture. Simba recently moved to Seattle, joining the architecture firm GGLO where he is developing his career as an architect.
Hanan Diriye is a poet and storyteller currently residing in the pacific NW. Her work is influenced by her experience as a black woman, 2nd generation American and diaspora of Somaliland.
Kamyar Mohsenin, 20 years of age, is an artist, filmmaker, and student from Santa Cruz, California, currently living in Seattle, WA.
Olive Jun performs under the moniker Lushloss and concocts complex and intimate bedroom-centric electro-pop that can fill rooms much larger. Her popular debut album Asking/Bearing dropped last spring on Seattle's Hush Hush Records.
Chelsea Rodino generates new things utilizing a boundless range of materials and emotions. Throughout her work she is continually drawn to the ideas surrounding human connection, memory, self, movement, present time, and the unconventional. While in the midst of continually learning and unlearning, Chelsea finds the process of creating to be where the most fruitful notions grow. She moves through the creative process with no clear plan, just being as present and honest as possible.
SPACEFILLER consists of artists Alexander Nagy and Alexander Miller and is the result of their long time collaboration and pursuit of visual art, music, programming and math. They reside in Seattle, WA.
Through the use of generative algorithmic graphics, projection mapping, and tactile interaction, SPACEFILLER seeks to establish venues for experimentation, play and discovery. By allowing viewers to manipulate the parameters of simulated natural systems, they create an opportunity to explore the delicate balance between order, chaos and complexity.
The name SPACEFILLER is a reference to a pattern in Conway's Game of Life, a mathematical model that exhibits emergent behavior. The name also relates to the artists' desire to create immersive, disorienting spaces filled with light.
Sydney Menjivar is a Seattle based t-shirt artist who has been working in embroidery for the last two or three years. Their current work is a collection of t-shirts with cursed Simpsons screen caps on them, creating reminiscent imagery and enjoyable content.
Monyee Chau (b. 1996) is a Seattle-based contemporary Chinese American artist. She received BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018. Monyee explores the journey of healing through decolonization and reconnecting with her roots and ancestors through a variety of mediums. She has shown at Cornish College of the Arts, Pilchuck Glass School, and has independently curated various DIY exhibitions throughout Seattle. She has been the recipient of multiple Pilchuck scholarships, Cornish’s Art Merit’s scholarship, and nominations to the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, and the Corning award.
Zayra Mariona is a real life cartoon focusing on textile transformation to amplify the everyday. She's here to bring the cheer!
T. Stefanski (b. 1992) an artist and maker fascinated by the tender beauty found in nature; the growth, decay and ebbing cycles of life. Her process-based practice explores concepts of imperfection through meditative repetition. Lately she has been focusing on refining her craft and designing a product line that reflects her wabi sabi influenced practice. She earned her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2017. On September 1, she will be apart of Area Industry at Disjecta in Portland, OR which showcases established and emerging ceramic artists in the Pacific Northwest.