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. ACES features performances, presentations, workshops, artist talks, films, discussions, and opportunities to meet local arts organizations.  All programming will be offered online, with an in-person Gallery available to visit at ARTS at King Street Station.

How to attend and navigate ACES 2021

Please update your Zoom software so when you sign in, you can self-select different breakout rooms to enter. 

Zoom Link to join ACES: https://zoom.us/j/94369338718 

The rooms are named The Mainstage, The Lab, Artist Talk Space, and Opportunity Room.

The Mainstage - Keynote address by Shontina Vernon, keynote address by Elisheba Johnson & Inye Wokoma, performances, and several workshops.

The Lab - Workshops, presentations, and discussions.

Artist Talk Space - Hear from the visual artists exhibited in the ACES Gallery at Arts at King Street Station.

Opportunity Room - Learn about opportunities for grants, mentorship, paid gigs, and more from local arts organizations.

How to visit the ACES Gallery

The Gallery is located at ARTS at King Street Station, and is open to visitors by reservation only.

Address: 303 South Jackson Street Top floor, Seattle, WA 98104

Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Tuesday - Thursday, May 4 - 21

Reservations: To make a reservation, go to the ACES Program Schedule and reserve a timeslot. You will also need to submit a COVID-19 Assessment the day before your visit.

Virtual Tour

If you are unable to visit the ACES Gallery in person, please experience the exhibit via the ACES Gallery Virtual Tour.

Community Agreements

ACES is intended to be a safe and celebratory space, for those who are not often seen and heard to bear witness to one another’s artistry, brilliance, and value. Any language or behavior that an ACES moderator deems racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or violent will not be tolerated, and will result in the offender being banned from the event.

In a time of social distancing, let’s connect with each other through our art and our joy.

ACES is co-presented by 4Culture,  Arts CorpsLangston SeattleNorthwest Film ForumPratt Fine Arts CenterSeattle Art MuseumSeattle Office of Arts & Culture, and The Vera Project 

Funding for this event provided by the National Endowment for the ArtsSeattle FoundationSeattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4Culture.

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Sunday, May 16 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Artist Talk with mg dufresne

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

A majority of my life is spent as a poet, teacher, publisher, and diversity inclusion activist. Long hours are spent thinking through writing and rewriting. This process much like my work with clay sustains ideas of compaction, attachment, and weathering away.

Living in the Pacific Northwest with its abundance of water, elemental green and blue hues, pocked volcanic fields, thinning glacial crevasses are referenced in my vessels. I’m interested in the ways clay, elemental materials, and atmosphere speaks to history, relics of violence, and longing intrinsic to existing in/through durational violence—the marks between marks.

Because I am an immigrant, a person of color, and a woman, my work often avoids linear narratives and their retellings; hence, I cannot separate myself from my context—its landscape. Each vessel through its making and materials begs the question: how can one survive and exist within a hostile environment and come out intact?

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mg dufresne

mg dufresne is a ceramicist and bodyworker living in Bellingham, WA. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a collective member of Kelsey Street Press, where she makes books as art objects. She began her studies at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN and has studied and exhibited her work... Read More →

Sunday May 16, 2021 1:00pm - 1:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

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