Juan José Castaño-Márquez is a Colombian-born artist based in the united states working in visual biomythography, photography, performance, video, and new media arts. through art, he explores contemporary issues on historiography and archivization, as well as personal identity. some of juan's projects directly engage with ideas of representation of "the other"–this other being both brown and queer; historical erasure; and situations of victimization in his country of birth. Juan is currently a tenure-track assistant professor of digital media at the School of Art, Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Fuko was born and raised in Kobe, Japan where she grew her love for storytelling through reading books and comics. Through printmaking, drawing, and books, she hopes to take her viewers onto a journey to an imagined, soft alternate universe inhabited by a community of naked, plush creatures called fumblys. Fuko is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Foundations and Drawings in the College of Fine Arts and Visual Art Studies at the University of Kentucky.
Richard utilizes the traditional doll format of ceramic head, hands, and feet with a cloth body to create large-scale ceramic sculptures that employ found objects within the narrative. The mending of clothes and the construction of dwellings are two crafts handed down to me through my parents’ and grandparents’ way of life. Richard is currently an assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics an Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel (yeah, its a mouthful) is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in socially engaged, activist, performance, video and new media arts. Through art she explores personal identity drawing from her Indigenous and Irish Catholic roots. Some of Sydney's projects are used to educate others about food politics, language loss, appropriation, and history in addition to projects amongst her own community focusing on language acquisition, culture and art. Her work has been shown at public parks, universities, galleries and alternative spaces in Columbia, MO; Fort Collins, CO; Fulton, MO; Iowa City, IA; Kansas City, MO; Lawrence, KS; Muncie, IN; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Seattle, WA; Sheridan, WY; Toronto, ON; Ucross, WY; Vermillion, SD; and White Cloud, KS. She is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska.
Alexander uses objects to show memory, time, and the attempt the preserve both of those things. Along with growing and evolving as an artist, he built a visiting artist series that received over $40,000 in three years of funding. He has also attended and workshops, and received assistantships to attend craft schools in Colorado, New Jersey and Tennessee. Alexander is currently an assistant profesor of ceramics and art education at South Carolina State University.
Jody Wood uses mediums of social practice, video, photography, and performance. Her recent work reimagines routines in poverty support agencies, aiming to sculpt power dynamics, relationship networks, and resist stigmas surrounding poverty. Her site-specific work has been supported by prestigious institutions including A Blade of Grass, Esopus Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, an ArtPlace America Initiative at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and through residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Yaddo, and Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture.
Gina Adam's cross-media studio work includes the reuse of antique quilts and broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. She is a descendant of both Indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans. In 2015 the noted international art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction to her solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, which launched her art career with the Broken Treaty Quilts Series. In 2017, Adams presented and exhibited at the AIW Conference at Goldsmiths College, University of London, England and was included in Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, curated by Risa Puleo, which traveled to six museums including the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art.
Jacob has been sculpting since childhood and has completed nearly 200 sculptures. He has had his art showcased all across the country, from Kansas City to Los Angeles. He has recently received grants from ArtsKC to fund a large bronze-casting project and the National Soccer Hall of Fame . Recently, Jacob installed an eleven foot tall sculpture at Arrowhead Stadium, KCMO.