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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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Friday, May 14 • 11:00am - 11:30am
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Come to ARTS at King Street Station (303 S Jackson St, Seattle) to experience these amazing visual artists' breadth of artistic expression.

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Limit 5 visitors per time slot.

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Artists
avatar for Adetola Abatan

Adetola Abatan

Adetola Abatan is a collage artist, engineer, and emerging arts leader. She is in a life swerve, transitioning from a 14-year chemical engineering career to focus on the Arts sector. Since discovering collage, her artwork has been featured in the 2020 Jazz Dance Open’s “Dance... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Chauhan

Alexander Chauhan

Seattle based visual artist, Alexander Chauhan, has been expanding his skills in 3D sculpture for the past few years. Raised in Seattle, Alexander grew up skateboarding, painting graffiti, and watching sci-fi movies which evolved into studying art in college. As an Interdisciplinary... Read More →
avatar for Alice

Alice

My name is Alice, I am currently a somewhat well-adjusted adult that is still trying to figure out what works best for me and what makes me happy. 24 hours a day is just not enough to do everything I want. Forever searching for the perfect balance between work, commute, gaming, drawing... Read More →
avatar for Angelina Villalobos

Angelina Villalobos

Artist, 179
I’m a muralist and teaching artist in Seattle working with the community on public art projects and workshops. My goal is to create safe and beautiful spaces for community members by engaging them in mindful installations. I love working with youth and challenging their brilliant... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Chang

Daniel Chang

A Bay Area native, Daniel studied film at San Francisco State University. The popularity of video-capable DSLR cameras among student filmmakers also led him to learn the craft of portrait photography. Now a Seattle resident, Daniel works behind the camera with Little Grey Cat, a local... Read More →
avatar for Elisha

Elisha

Elisha is a visual artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Miami; currently based in Seattle. They were raised in Miami and were part of many music projects from childhood to adulthood. Besides guitar and vocals, their other instruments include bass, drums, trumpet... Read More →
avatar for Esther Ervin

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 →
avatar for Fernando Pérez

Fernando Pérez

Fernando was born and raised in Southern California to Chicano parents. While in pursuit of an MFA at Arizona State, he came across the stirring images of photographer, Graciela Iturbide. He began to understand the relationship between poetry and photography, how both are solitary... Read More →
avatar for FIONA K. LAU

FIONA K. LAU

Fiona K. Lau was born in British Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada as a child. She started taking art classes as a graduate student at University of California Davis. After living in Nigeria for two years, she moved to Seattle in 2013 and joined the atelier and Studio Arts Intensive... Read More →
avatar for Gemma Cross

Gemma Cross

My name is Gemma Cross, and I'm a photographer, videographer, and creative director from Seattle. I'm a Film student at Cornish College of the Arts and am a full-time artist. I specialize in creative portraiture and music videos.
avatar for George Rodriguez

George Rodriguez

Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, TX, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculpture addressing his identity and community. The first in his family to finish college, he received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas at El Paso then went on to... Read More →
avatar for Hanako O'Leary

Hanako O'Leary

Hanako O’Leary was born and raised by her Japanese mother and American father. She grew up roaming the suburbs of Chicago. Every year, for 2 months during the summer holiday, her mother would take her and her siblings back to their ancestral home in Hiroshima, Japan. These summers... Read More →
avatar for Isabella Wang

Isabella Wang

Isabella Wang is currently a high school student residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In middle school, Isabella was chosen as one of fifteen students nationwide to serve on the Microsoft Council for Digital Good. Serving on the council, Isabella grew passionate about amplifying... Read More →
avatar for Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez grew up living in between LA and Seattle. He received his Bachelor’s in American Ethnic Studies from UW and his Master’s in Chicana/o Studies from CSU Northridge. His Master’s thesis was entitled The Art of Rebellion: Social Justice and Chicana/o Visual Arts. Today... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Ghyvoronsky

Jessica Ghyvoronsky

Seattle Art Post & Artist
In tandem with her art-making, Jessica is actively involved in the Seattle art community through her pro-bono passion project, Seattle Art Post. Seattle Art Post creates opportunities for emerging artists and the community of Seattle to intersect through monthly art shows and a bi-annual... Read More →
avatar for Jovita Mercado

Jovita Mercado

Jovita was born in 1998 to a Chicana mother and Mexican Father. While growing up in Yakima, her mother was a warehouse worker and her father was a field worker. They struggled financially as many other Mexican families do in Yakima. After her parents divorced, Jovita was forced to... Read More →
avatar for Kassaundra Porres

Kassaundra Porres

Kassaundra is a Seattle transplant and PNW convert. She holds a BFA in photography and an MA in Museum Studies. Her passion to create comes from her belief that art and culture have the ability to bridge community divides and instill empathy, energy, and deep recognition of one another... Read More →
avatar for Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Kellie Kawahara-Niimi (pronouns: they/theirs) is a non-binary asian-american artist based in Seattle, Washington. Kellie uses their artwork as a way to communicate kindness, comfort and compassion to the world. Each piece is made with vulnerability and authenticity, which makes Kellie’s... Read More →
avatar for Kimisha Turner

Kimisha Turner

Owner, Artastic Events
Seattle-based artist Kimisha Turner creates multifaceted work exploring empowerment and connection. Her work evokes mystery while aiming to challenge and spark new thought-provoking perspectives. She produces art that varies in mediums and execution to uniquely convey a conceptual... Read More →
avatar for Krystelle Anne Alipio Ternura

Krystelle Anne Alipio Ternura

Krystelle Anne Ternura is a Senior attending Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle, Washington. Growing up, Krystelle had limited access to professional art supplies and art materials with color such as paint, colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc. Instead, she only had... Read More →
avatar for Kyler Pahang

Kyler Pahang

Kyler Pahang is a Filipino artist based in Seattle, WA. His art is focused on empowering, decolonizing, and celebrating cultures. He wants to reconnect back to his roots and does so by researching in precolonial traditions and creating artworks based upon said research. Pahang has... Read More →
avatar for Lia Coleman

Lia Coleman

Lia is a Chinese-American artist and educator. Her work is characterized by themes of care, family, and play. She specializes in interactive installations, murals, and animation, especially when combined with technology.Last year at ACES 2020, she and her partner exhibited an interactive... Read More →
avatar for May Kytonen

May Kytonen

May Kytonen is a visual artist based in Seattle, WA, creating work sourced from her mixed Taiwanese heritage. Since earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington in 2012, her work and installations have been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest... Read More →
avatar for Melany Lynne Bell

Melany Lynne Bell

I am a grant award-winning Ambidextrous Visual & Performing Artist & Writer, from Seattle, WA. I Teach & Perform locally & Internationally. I've worked at most major Music venues & theaters in the country as a Performer or Instructor. Including, every public school in the state of... Read More →
avatar for mg dufresne

mg dufresne

Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Dufresne makes sculptural vessels and functional ware inspired by the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She is a Kelsey Street press member, Kundiman fellow, and author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish Books, 2017) and not... Read More →
avatar for Miya Sukune

Miya Sukune

Miya Sukune is a visual artist working and residing in the Pacific Northwest. She works with paint at her studio easel and designs in metal for her public art. She has exhibited in group shows at Vashon Heritage Museum, Vashon Center for the Arts, Phinney Center Gallery, and Fountainhead... Read More →
avatar for Mousy DeVilla

Mousy DeVilla

Teaching Artist
Washington Born and Raised Visual Artist / Public Artist, Cecelia DeLeon works under the alias Mousy DeVilla to create visual storytelling through Paintings, Digital Illustrations, and Mural work.www.instagram.com/mousy.devilla... Read More →
avatar for Nadia Ahmed

Nadia Ahmed

Nadia Ahmed (she/her) is a Pakistani-American performance artist, sculptor, and arts administrator currently based in Shoreline, WA. She earned a BA in Three-Dimensional Forum and Art History from the University of Washington in 2018. Nadia’s exhibition history includes Out of Sight... Read More →
avatar for Nahom Ghirmay

Nahom Ghirmay

Nahom Ghirmay is an Eritrean-American painter. Born in Asmara, he came to Seattle at age of sixteen after a long journey that included four years in Sudan as a refugee. His artwork tends to focus on expressive portraits through colors and strokes. In 2019, he graduated from the University... Read More →
avatar for Naoko Morisawa

Naoko Morisawa

Artist
Born in Tokyo, I have been a mosaic artist for decades, currently working in the Greater Seattle area and beyond. I moved from Japan to the PNW, USA in 2004, I have exhibited my work across the U.S. in more than 30 states, and in international museums including Tokyo Metropolitan... Read More →
avatar for Neha Panicker

Neha Panicker

Born and raised in India, Neha Panicker is an artist, architect, and designer currently based in Seattle. She has an Architecture degree and has worked on a wide range of design projects in India and the US. After a decade-long career as an architect and interior designer, she transitioned... Read More →
avatar for Osa Elaiho

Osa Elaiho

As a Nigerian-born visual artist who is self-taught, I have been blessed to be influenced by a range of creative inputs in my life. I lived in Nigeria until I was 16 years old. As a child, music played a key role in my life as my father piped various genres of music through the speakers... Read More →
avatar for Rana San

Rana San

Rana San is an artist and curator whose creative practice melds dreamwork, written word, embodied movement, video poetry, and analog photography. She uses experimental modes of visual storytelling to examine intimacy and interdependence as spiritual tools for survival. In community... Read More →
avatar for Robert Wade

Robert Wade

I started making photographs in 1967. Until 2005, photo-based art shared my time with other work, including community college instruction (Psychology) for 22 years, research and public policy analysis for three years and information systems project management for 10 years. Since 2005... Read More →
avatar for S. Lantz

S. Lantz

S. Lantz is an artist focused on ceramics and wearables. Raised by a Vietnamese mother and a white father, their investigation of the dynamics of biracial identity was the impetus for their commitment to making. Exploration of existence in the in-between, finding and making home... Read More →
avatar for SARAH GHANOONI

SARAH GHANOONI

I was born in 1986 and grew up in Bellevue, Washington. I come from a diverse background of Mexican and Middle Eastern heritage, and that is part of the reason I am so curious and eager to learn more about the different types of art around the world each place and culture has a story... Read More →
avatar for Shae

Shae

Shae. An Award-winning, self-taught, abstract/realist painter and designer in practice for 6 years. Her paintings can be seen trickled throughout King country with subject matter ranging from action sports to landscapes. Her art is inspired by her deep spiritual beliefs, the time... Read More →
avatar for Shima Star

Shima Star

My works are in direct response to political and social injustices regarding women of color. These often manifest as images of strong women, women who are inclusive across all cultures and time periods. I intentionally use vibrant expressions of multicolor in order to empower women... Read More →
avatar for Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu's Pai is the author of 10 books of poetry, including most recently Ensō (Entre Rios Books, 2020). From 2015 to 2017, she served as the fourth Poet Laureate of The City of Redmond where her public artwork is installed on the Redmond Connector Trail. For her writing and visual... Read More →
avatar for Soo Hong

Soo Hong

Artist
Soo Hong (b. Seoul, Korea) constantly moved, lived in five different countries, and struggled to learn new languages and cultures each time. Now she is striving to settle in the U.S. Not deeply rooted in a particular country or culture, Hong has felt being alienated by her surroundings... Read More →
avatar for Trudes Tango

Trudes Tango

Trudes Tango (she/her/they/them) is a self-taught artist, a dancer, and a teacher and coach of erotic embodiment practices.  Her day job, as an attorney specializing in labor law, pays the bills.  Trudes began playing with clay in 1992, as a stress-release during her first year... Read More →
avatar for Valencia Carroll

Valencia Carroll

Valencia Carroll is a classically trained graduate of the Gage Academy of Art - Aristides Atelier. She works in oil, graphite and charcoal with emphasis on fine drawing technique. She has exhibited, presented and taught throughout western Washington and currently serves as a PTA Art... Read More →
avatar for Wolfberry Studio

Wolfberry Studio

Wolfberry Studio is a digital art studio whose work explores connections between different cultures, with the goal of celebrating both our similarities and our differences. The artist behind Wolfberry Studio is a non-binary King County resident. Their studio practice centers people... Read More →
avatar for Won Seo

Won Seo

Won Seo is an interdisciplinary artist and social worker invested in empowering minds to recognize their creative confidence and potential to challenge personal and systemic barriers. Her core works shape growth and hopes to light a spark of truth - a projection more than the experience... Read More →
avatar for Yazzy

Yazzy

Artist
Yazzy, an aspiring artist and high school student from Seattle, Washington had been introduced to art through an after school program when she was 7. Afterwards, her interest in art had been sporadic until the covid-19 pandemic of 2020. Shortly after the pandemic started, awareness... Read More →
avatar for Zack Conklin

Zack Conklin

Zack Conklin (They/She) is a QPOC raised in rural Eastern Washington. They graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Visual Design where she studied illustration, comics and game design. Zack’s work is an exploration of growth and the processes of coping with a focus... Read More →


Friday May 14, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
King Street Station 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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