Tracy Rector is a mixed race (Choctaw/Seminole) filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius. She has made more than 400 short films, and is currently in production of her fifth feature documentary. As co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point, co-director of Clearwater, and director of Ch'aak' S'aagi; Rector has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. After years of galvanizing community and working in a directorial role, Rector has begun to transfer her method of storytelling to gallery exhibitions including RE:DEFINITION at the Paramount Theatre Gallery, YOU ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND at Core Gallery, Women On the Brink at Vermillion Gallery, and BLOODLINES at Bridge Productions.
Asia Tail is from Tacoma, Washington where she is currently based. Asia attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York on a four-year full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a BFA and the Brandon Burns Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting in 2014. Her work has recently been featured in NW Art Now @ TAM (formerly the Northwest Biennial), in Quota at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, and in the two-person show Moon Moan at 950 Gallery in Tacoma. As an extension of her art making practice, Asia also curates special projects and exhibitions, with an emphasis on empowering Indigenous artists. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Satpreet Kahlon is a multidisciplinary artist who is based in Seattle, WA + Providence, RI. Born in Punjab, India and raised in the Midwest, she is interested in creating visual language and immersive encounters that express and explore intersectional experiences as well as the structural systems of inequity that dictate their boundaries. In addition to her studio practice, which has been featured in Artforum, she curates with a philosophy of embedded equity at The Alice Gallery in Seattle, is the founder of Deep Space Gallery, and, between 2015 and 2017, she designed and taught social engagement programming in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum. She is currently studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a full fellowship to pursue her MFA in Sculpture.
Latinx Showcase at Vermillion
Jessica Ramirez is the Community Curator for the Indigenous Latinx Exhibit at Vermillion Gallery. Jessica is a queer fourth-generation Mexican American. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and has lived in Seattle for 15 years. She is a media creator, events producer, and community advocate. Jessica has over ten years of experience working with community organizations led by people of color from all over the state of Washington in varying social justice issue areas such as farmworker justice, environmental justice, and immigrant rights. She attended the University of Washington Seattle where she received a bachelors degree in American Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Chicano Studies and minor in Labor Studies and Law Societies and Justice. This is her first time curating an art exhibit.
Coast Salish Exhibition at the Seattle Public Library
Denise Emerson was born in Shelton, Washington, the eldest daughter of Bertha Allen who was an enrolled Twana (Skokomish) Tribal Member and Danny Emerson, Sr. who was an enrolled Diné (Navajo) Tribal Member from Sanostee, New Mexico. Her parents were both creative, and Denise grew up wanting to be like them. Denise’s sketchbook went with her everywhere as a child, including when she visited her aunt on the Skokomish Reservation. During her teenage years, she began painting with acrylics, beading, and sewing to expand her artistic talents, and she later studied graphic design at UW to bring design training to her work.
Sara Marie Ortiz
ʤə́ kʼʷ Zine Publication with Bellevue College
Sara Marie Ortiz is an Acoma Pueblo educator, scholar, poet, performance artist, and Native community advocate/activist. She earned her BFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University (Los Angeles). Ms. Ortiz has been publishing and presenting her creative work since the age of eighteen and her writing has been published in publications such as Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, New Poets of the American West, the anthology Sing: Indigenous Poetry of the Americas, Indian Country Today and The American Indian Graduate among many others. She is the author of the mixed-genre collection Red Milk and currently serves as the Native Education Program Manager for Highline Public Schools in Burien, Washington.
Lifting the Sky Fashion Show at Seattle Art Museum
My art merges traditional Seminole/Creek Patchwork design with other aspects of my heritage, my lust for texture, and influential cultures surrounding and shaping me growing up. Being raised in Alaska was wonderful however my own culture and family felt very removed from me growing up. My family became those chosen by me, social activism, fringe music scenes, and underground art movements became my social outlet. As an adult I have had the privilege to embrace my own culture and find balance between the influences that shaped me and the roots of my heritage. Reuniting with my family, my own tribe - especially through art, dance, music and language - has healed my sense of belonging. My art work now finds that balance in nodding to tradition, cultivating the new and being content with the current. Designs carried out through blends of new fabric, patterns, textiles and hemlines, all the while keeping the precision and the delicate intricacies of patchwork tradition in the forefront.
Aiyanna Stitt, Moe’Neyah Holland, and Michael Anderson
Indigenous Teen Art Show at the Vera Project
Aiyanna Stitt (Choctaw) is a senior in high school and a visual artist interested in pursuing art therapy and studies in health.
Moe’Neyah Holland, a senior at Curtis High School, is the Executive Director at Teens in Tacoma. Michael Anderson is the Assistant Executive Director and Social Media Director at Teens In Tacoma, and is currently a junior at Bellarmine Prep. Teens in Tacoma is an organization that hopes to reveal the artistic potential of teenagers in Tacoma while extending expression to artists who are not expressed in a holistic way. Teenagers are not always highlighted or included in artistic projects, or viewings. With this blog being made, we hope to build connections with teen artists, extend networks, change the perception of an art museum’s audience, and to inspire others to build ideas for Tacoma.
Kimberly Corinne Deriana
Brings the Medicine Sundial at King Street Station
Kimberly Corinne Deriana is a Mandan and Hidatsa architectural designer and artist who specializes in sustainable, environmental, Indigenous architecture, housing, and planning. Her design methodologies focus on incorporating Indigenous lifestyle practices in relationship to past and present: design for seven generations. Deriana strives to achieve exceptional design by weaving together respect for individuality, honor for cultural identity, and appreciation for contemporary quality, manifested in the shape and structure of sustainable buildings and communities.