Jade Ariana Fair is a multidisciplinary artist living in Oakland, CA. She works across the genre of painting, performance, sound, and installation. She is a socially engaged artist whose social practice extends to arts education with youth and a healing arts practice. She has been making art for as long as she can recall as a form of healing, guidance and self-recovery. She emphasizes resourcefulness in her practice, both her own and that of her ancestral legacy. Her arts education is a populist, community education derived from her own planetary exploration. She counts her influences from such diverse sources as the prophetic science-fiction of Octavia Butler, the body art of Ana Mendieta, and outsider artists such as Bill Traylor and Sister Gertrude Morgan. Her art praxis is both research-based and heavily guided by intuition. She paints what she sees in visions, dreams, and from visceral responses to her study of personal and generational histories. She is a 2017 artist-in-residence at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City.
Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, bruha, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as Rust & Moth, The Brooklyn Review, The Womanist, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, Tayo, the anthologies Walang Hiya, Over the Line, Kuwento, and more. Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2017 by Rosarium Publishing. Escobar teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.
Kate Kuaimoku is a fine art framer, preparator, printmaker, sculptor, and maker. As a Seattle native, Kate holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Upon graduation she headed to the Bay Area to pursue gallery work with George Lawson Gallery, Galeria de la Raza, Swarm Gallery, and Creative Growth.
As an artist, Kate’s practice focuses on sustainability and ecology and act as strong anchors in her work. Her installation and sculptural work spines from using reclaimed materials and refuse to make interactive pieces for the public. Kate has shown work in Palazzo Pio in Rome, Italy, Roll-up Gallery, ArtBeats, StArtup Fair in San Francisco, and most recently in her two-person show “I’ve got you, babe” at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland. As a teacher, she focuses on integrating resource recovery into her classroom curriculum as an opportunity to teach about recreation and waste management.
Moira McDonald is an Australian-American photographic artist working, living and making in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moira earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from California College of the Arts via Parsons School of Design and received her Master of Fine Art at San Jose State University. Her photographic inquiry is centered in the action of summoning the photographic image is articulated with a diverse dialect and approach while she systematically creates photographs through simplified analog processes. Moira’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and has worked as a Photography Instructor at San Jose State University and Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco.
Ignacio Rojas was born in Chile in 1978 migrated to Australia in 2001. He moved to San Francisco in June 2016. Rojas has a double background in fine arts and sociology. He has exhibited in more than thirty solo and group exhibitions as well as being finalist in numerous art competitions. Rojas has worked as an art teacher in several art schools and in socially inclusive artistic programs as well as in different universities as a research assistant and project officer including at RMIT University, Victoria University and The University of Melbourne. His latest body of work was inspired by a deep theoretic engagement with the notion of identity, which is inherently layered. These paintings belong to his PhD research series on Australian identity from a post-colonial migrant perspective. Through a combination of landscape, cityscape and double portrait painting, Rojas explores issues of cultural appropriation, mimicry and belonging as a migrant Australian. He considers art as a medium for social change and cultural diversity is the centre of his artistic practice
Warith Taha is a mixed-media visual artist who believes strongly in art’s power to foster understanding, build community and create change. An Oakland native, Warith has had the opportunity to work both here in the Bay Area and abroad to bring art to populations of traditionally under-served youth. Warith has served as a Teaching Artist to a number of local arts organizations such as ProArts, The Imagine Bus Project, MOCHA and most recently became the Art Education Specialist to the Crissy Field Center in San Francisco. Warith graduated from Boston College in 2009, with degrees in Sociology and Studio Art. After graduating, Warith relocated to Beijing, China where he worked with the children of migrant workers, facilitating curriculum focused on art, social justice and English as a second language. Warith’s art often explores themes of identity, history, and otherness.
Chris Wood is a musician who practices in the performing arts and electronic music. His performances cross and combine the mediums of music theater, electro-acoustic composition, performance poetry, sound installation, and fixed electronic media. Raised in Indiana, Wood lived in Chicago before coming to Mills College, where he co-founded and continues to perform/curate/create with Mocrep, a performance collective dedicated to the collaborative creation, curation, and performance of radical art that engages with contemporary culture.
Carolina is an artist and educator originally from Costa Rica. She attended Pratt Institute where she earned a degree in Sculpture. Her work as a museum educator leading in-gallery experiences for children as well as coordinating a Teaching Artist Residency program at the Guggenheim Museum set her passion for blending art making and school curriculum. . Most recently, she worked with a preschool age group. Her studies in the field of early childhood education have heavily impacted her work and approach. In her own practice, she continues her 15 year dialogue with clay, by making functional and sculptural pieces in the medium. In addition, to making work in the studio she makes art out of her truck to demystify the process of making within public space.