ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium 2021
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ACES is a BIPOC-centered and led art conference. Our vision is to establish a space for artists of color to celebrate and center ourselves. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.
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Saturday, May 15 • 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Artist Talk with Esther Ervin

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An opportunity to learn about artist Esther Ervin's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

My past artistic work includes fiber-based wall hangings and ceramic masks commenting on politics and the environment; jewelry art from beads and metal; and small abstract wooden sculptures.

I also curated the work of several other artists and created my own permanent works reflecting on the redlining history of Seattle’s Central District.

My four works in sand-blasted glass depict these redlined districts. Three cast bronze salmon epitomize the struggle against racism and five colorful concrete, wood, and tile drum benches reflect ceremonies and celebrations. These permanent exterior installations at the new Liberty Bank Building helped broaden my examination of local society and politics

This project taught me about the history of the Central District, and of other racially segregated areas of Seattle. It informed the development of the works I created for that space and of other works, such as the “Erase Gun Violence,” necklace made of bullet casings and erasers.

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Esther Ervin

Chief Operating Artist, Esther Ervin Creative Source, LLC
Esther Ervin is a contemporary visual artist, and jeweler. Born in Somerville, New Jersey, her explorations of art and nature began in childhood. She has a BS in Biology from the University of California, with credits from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She completed... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 1:30pm - 1:50pm PDT
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