Erin Donnelly

Erin Donnelly has studied art and created art for nearly her whole life. Although she says she never really concentrated in watercolors or gouache, she finds these days this medium is easiest to work with in her intimate studio. She enjoys working tightly on floral and geometric prints with these materials, as well as her usual loose, free flowing, more abstract figures and objects in her oil paintings. 

Her most recent work references designs and patterns you may find in many different cultures' folk art - imperfect, yet beautiful representations of common people's work. Many of her subjects are women, which she likes to think of as her Goddesses, "They are the women that I give power to when I may not feel powerful myself. I may create a Pinup when I don't feel sexy, a Gypsy when I feel I need to run, or a Deity when I need change. Imagining who these women are, breathing life into them, painting the colors of their essence in turn gives me the freedom and power I need as an artist, as a common person, as a woman." 

Erin received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and currently lives and works outside of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. 

Madeline Gallucci

Madeline Gallucci received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with an emphasis on Printmaking. However, her most recent projects have employed painting, photography, and collage mediums. In her latest creations she's worked with diverse groups such as college students and midwestern drag queens, while experimenting using obscurities like oil slicks, electrical boxes, hotel suites, pianos, lime green hues, and giant windows in her work. Madeline is the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence at Hotel Phillips and is the Co-Director of the gallery Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Arpana Rayamajhi

Arpana Rayamajhi is a New York City based artist who was born in 1987 in Kathmandu, Nepal. She  is a multi-media artist who focuses mainly on paintings, sculpture, music, and jewelry. A recent graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, she is also the co-founder of DISPOSE, an online magazine collection of disposable photographs that narrates the day of an individual.

Her work is driven by her love for color. She explains, "Back home it is a symbol of celebration, has deep religious significance, and is an integral part of everyday life. Growing up in a Hindu society where women are banned from wearing color upon the death of their husband, especially shades of red, is something that has affected me since I was a child. After losing my father, my mother’s decision to wear red was criticized by many people, including women. I see the culture of stripping a woman from wearing color as a practice that is misogynistic and regressive. Color then seems to be a symbol of life, and in a way, not letting a woman wear color is telling her that her life, her identity, is completely linked to her husband’s and therefore, she has no identity for herself. I am a woman, and I will use color whenever I want."

Arpana is also the founder of ARPANAJEWELS where she sells individual one of a kind pieces she's hand-made from various materials from her home in Nepal as well as from her travels around the world. Harnessing the spirit of what it means to adorn ourselves, she creates pieces that function not only as ornamentation but also as armor. She finds inspiration in tribal cultures and views wearing colors and jewelry as something ancient, evocative of the spirit of humanity.  

Victoria Martinez

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago who explores installation, site-specific intervention, screen-printing, painting, and collage. She believes in chance and intuition when creating projects for galleries as well as ephemeral experiences in the urban environment. Martinez works with vibrant colors, pattern-based textiles, and overlooked items, sewing them together to create a unique perspective.

Juli Toro

Juli Toro grew up among the stucco strip malls and swamps of Florida, and is now living in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the little town of Nevada City, California. Her art ranges from found object accumulation sculptures to pseudo-symmetrical food collages on paper. She harvests most of her materials from her immediate vicinity; everything from deflated balloons leftover from her child's birthday party, to the stems of herbs plucked from her garden, to random items found in thrift stores, she seeks to transform these things into something more exciting. Her works on paper focus on ideas of decadence. She combines pictures of food, flowers, and bright colors into gluttonous wall displays.

Aliya Bonar

Aliya Bonar is an artist, community organizer, and event producer. Using fashion, costume, interview, and installation, her work engages individuals in exploring how we present ourselves to the world and breaking down the divide between professional and playful. The “PowerSuit”—a defining component of Aliya's body of work—is a personal talisman, relating to the wearer's body and history. It is what one's most courageous self wears and while clothed, one can't help but be powerful. 

Erin Smego

Erin Smego is a sculptor who works with plaster, cement, and paper mache. She draw ideas from people’s personalities and emotions, including her own. Curiosity lies in what really makes people tick - how people act, react, and why. Subjects she engages in include persistence, awkwardness, peculiarity, embarrassment, embracing, gripping, falling (apart), giving, isolation, separation, emptiness, hyper-optimism, and sadness. Elements of playfulness sometimes appear, and color (or lack of) is used to reflect emotion.

Nico Mazza

Nico Mazza is a painter and mixed media artist. She uses historically female-dominated traditions, such as embroidery and weaving, to explore cultural and social strands of femininity.

Elizabeth Amento

Elizabeth Amento attended Boston College for Studio Art and Psychology, Brandeis University for a Post-Baccalaureate in Studio Art, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University for her Masters in Fine Arts. She currently makes her home in the Mission District of San Francisco where she creates visual art that explores relationships between people, between colors, and the play between both. She utilizes vintage magazine clippings and integrates them with layered and colorful shapes to encapsulate emotions, as a diary of anxieties, desires, and pleasures exposed for the viewer.