Gloria Enedina Alvarez is well known for being a chicana poet/intermedia artist, playwright, librettist, literary translator and curator. She presently teaches creative writing and works as a consultant in public schools, universities, libraries, museums, and art centers. Her literary/artistic efforts have been recognized by the CAC, National Endowment for the Arts, Cultural Affairs Department, City of L.A., COLA Award, Poets & Writers, Inc., among others. She has published and read widely in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Her plays and librettos for opera, Los Biombos, Cuento de un Soldado/Story of a Soldier, El Niño, have been produced internationally. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Olanes. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and numerous periodicals.
Sumiko Braun is a filmmaker, actor, and writer with a deep commitment to storytelling and social justice. She received her M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA where she directed MASTER OF THE SKY: THE LIFE AND ART OF SAM KOJI HALE, an award-winning documentary. Sumiko is also a 2016 Visual Communications Armed With a Camera fellow and directed the dramatic short, HEART OF MIND, which premiered in the Los Angeles Asian
Joshua Michael Carro (b. 1982-) is a sound, visual, and performing artist who is interested in simple materials, complex sound processing, and long durations. Based in Los Angeles, carro started a disciplined practice in percussion at an early age and became obsessed with metal, jazz, percussion, electronic music, and experimental music composition which lead him to perform and study music with Ulrich Krieger, Laurie Anderson, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, and Shri Swapan Chaudhuri. carro has performed in countless recitals, concerts, and recordings across the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe with sound work performances and commissions by The Futurist Intoners in Cleveland Museum of Art and Singapore Art Science Center, UC Berkeley Cellist Ensemble, Wild Rumpus, (San Francisco) What’s Next? Ensemble, Now Hear Ensemble, Fire Trio, Susan Allen (CalArts), William Powell (CalArts), and C.P.E. (ASU). As a recording artist, carro has recorded his and others works at Capitol Records, T.V. Stand Studios and has released over 20 electro-acoustic albums on labels including: XI Records, H.L.M. (France), Somehow Recordings (London), Vent (U.K.) Ephem-Aural (New York) with reviews by Silent Ballet, Kultur Industrialna (Poland), Norman Records, and Linus Records (Japan).
Dino Dinco is a performance art curator and maker, film and live theater director, artist and writer. His work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Dinco is currently writing a book on contemporary performance art in the major cities of the West Coast of North America.
Kelman Duran is a Los Angeles based artist and curator who was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights, NY. His work is informed by counter-histories that deal with power and political exclusion. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles and was the Resident Curator at Otras Obras, Tijuana, Mexico in 2013. Duran’s work has been shown at LACMA, REDCAT, Echo Park Film Center and Human Resources in Los Angeles; Viennale Film Festival, Vienna;Split Film Festival, Croatia; Zinebi, Bilbao; Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, Cambridge. He is currently on the programming committee for Human Resources, an art space in Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Los Angeles-based artist and teacher, Veronique d’Entremont, currently works out of a former Chinese restaurant she converted into a shared sculpture studio. She explores and invents new processes for working with materials, particularly those materials which have the potential for physical transformation. Through her current work in sculpture, writing and pedogogy, Veronique seeks to better understand the ways in which we are shaped by the architectural, social and personal spaces we inhabit, and how we continue to reshape these spaces. Veronique received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA from UCLA in 2012, both in sculpture.
Lluvia Higuera currently lives in Los Angeles, where she graduated from the photography program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She has been published in Celeste, Latina Bride, Model Ephemeris, and CMYK. Her photography has a subtle point of view – not contrived but pointedly aware – that comes about from getting to know the people she captures, not as subjects, but as portions of the world itself.
Lopez is a prominent painter and muralist based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in many books and publications, and can be found in permanent museum collections as well as widely collected for private collection. She maintains an open working studio/exhibit space, known as 2 Tracks Studio in Highland Park, CA.
Amy Phillips has over 20 years of experience in the LA arts community. Her true passion is providing direct arts services to students in need. Where a student attends school should not have any correlation to their exposure to the arts. Phillips is the Founder of GIRL emPOWERment LA, an innovative program that provides a safe space to discuss issues of identity, self-esteem, role models and educational/professional goals through the lens of the arts and media. Phillips is an assemblage artist and her most recent works reflect the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Found objects inspire her creativity.
Felix Francisco Quintana is a Salvadoran-American artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Quintana obtained a B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University in 2014. Quintana’s work is focused on creating paintings with light, as well as teaching photography and media. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Felix Quintana: Painting with Light at Avenue 50 Studio, L.A. Life at Art Squared Gallery, Chicos Pero Locos: Mini Art Museum X Slanguage Studio at LA><Art, News & Weather at Vox Populi Gallery, and Beyond Structure at 111 Minna Gallery.
Guadalupe Sanchez III is a socially engaged artist. He graduated with a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design and two minors in Art Education and Community Engagement. He is currently a teacher at artworxLA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Barnsdall arts. Jose also teaches Aztec Dance and spearheads the arts programing at Culver/Slauson Recreation park while serving on the Park Advisory Board. His primary goal as a community member/artist is to bridge the gap between theory and praxis in regard to biopsychosocial relations in an engaging and practical way for people outside the academic world.
Lilia Ramirez p.k.a Liliflor is a cultural art educator championing youth in the arts, using art as a tool for healing and transformation. Since 1994 Lilia has been at the forefront of the Los Angeles youth movement; as co-founder of the Peace and Justice Center (PJC) in 1995, an innovative youth run center in Los Angeles. A decade later she received her B.A from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultural Studies. Lilia co-founded First Street Studios, soon after she served as Director of Annual Exhibitions for Mujeres de Maiz (International Women of Color Artist Collective & Zine), and curator at The Jean Deleage Gallery. Her current and past Artist Residencies include: LA Works, L.A.’s Best A.S.A.P, Casa 0101, L.A. Commons, City of Los Angeles Summer Night Lights, Arts 4 City Youth – Art As Resistance, African American Museum, Casa Coyo, Watts Labor Community Action Center, Theatre of Hearts, and Highways Art Gallery.
Maria Isabel Ramos is a multi-faceted visual artist, art historian, and educator from Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico. She studied Fine Arts while completing her BA in Art Education at California State, University at Long Beach. Her work is mostly figurative, with major themes highlighting the human body through various emotional states. Being a self-represented artist gives her the freedom and proficiency to express herself with mixed media; acrylic being her preferred medium. Maria’s work forms part of private collections and appears in various scholarly publications. She has exhibited at numerous group shows and invitational exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She resides in the city of Los Angeles where she works as a Museum Educator/Teaching Artist for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Roderick Smith is a BFA graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. He has studied at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design in New York and at the Instituto Allende in Mexico. He and his wife Linda Miller are the creators of the nationally known and award-winning fabric sculpture known as “The Cadena Dolls.” Smith has had numerous one-man painting exhibitions in the Northwest. He is currently represented by the Broderick Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Catalina Artists Market in Avalon, and the Villa and Veranda Gallery in San Juan Capistrano. Smith developed his love of art from his grandmother in Pennsylvania who produced and directed fourteen years of outdoor theater in her community. She retired and took up painting in the 1950’s. Smith slept in her studio on childhood vacations. Here he was introduced to the sights and smells of a real working studio.
Sayon Syprasoeuth is an artist and curator working with various mediums, including two dimensional, sculptures and digital art. He uses his background as a refugee to tell stories of survival, cultural identity and spirituality dimension. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Long Beach State, and his Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University.
Marissa Magdalena is a Los Angeles based artist whose practice includes a range of articulation from object making to performance. Marissa attained her fine arts degree from Otis College of Art and Design. She also works as an arts enabler and educator. To this end Marissa has worked many area schools, The Getty Center, and Otis College’s Graduate Public Practice Program.
Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Deweyʼs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner city Los Angeles. Often using satirical humor, much of Deweyʼs work tends to deconstruct historical contexts and then reconstruct them from the view point of the oppressed and/or the under represented. As a teaching artist, Dewey has been a part of the Self Help Graphics & Art’s Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops for the past decade. As an artist in residence, Dewey currently teaches a monthly DIY screen printing workshop, as well as providing mobile art workshops for the organization as part of the Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS). Dewey has also been a part of the City of Los Angelesʼs Summer Night Lights program for the past several years providing screen printing workshops for the youth in the communities of Watts and South Los Angeles, and is also currently working with teens in continuation high schools throughout Los Angeles teaching screen printing and graphic design. Deweyʼs recent exhibitions include, Rise, Love, Revolution: The Black Panther Party at Artshare LA and at LACMAʼs, Futbol: The Beautiful Game as well as Self Help Graphics, Día de los Muertos exhibition
Teresa Tolliver is an African-American artist who is a native of Los Angeles. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from California State University, Northridge and has won numerous awards and Grants from the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Anaheim. Teresa has over twenty-five year experience as an arts educator working with children, youth and adults: Theatre of Hearts/Youth First, California Youth Authority, Music Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Gloria Westcott is an artist, educator, curator, and producer who has been based in Los Angeles for over twenty years. She has collaborated with many artists in performances, video productions, and wearable art events and exhibitions including Diane Gamboa, Coco Fusco, Gronk, and Guillermo Gomez Peña. Bilingual and dedicated to the diverse communities of Los Angeles, she has facilitated studio art workshops and museum exhibition tours to audiences of all ages at several cultural institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Watts Towers Art Center, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Junior Art Center at Barnsdale Art Center. Gloria received a BFA in Communication Arts from San Francisco State University in 1982.
Peter Wu (b. 1976, Windsor, Ontario) lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was the recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the YoYoYo Grant, a part of the Los Angeles Initiative of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. Solo exhibitions include Greene Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Patrick Painter Inc (Santa Monica, CA), Power Galerie (Berlin, Germany), and Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokyo, Japan). He has participated in group exhibitions at Parkhaus im Malkastenpark (Dusseldorf, Germany), Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University (Orange, CA), Fellows of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), and the Glendale College Art Gallery (Glendale, CA). Wu will open a solo exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park, CA) in November 2016.