Coalition Artist

February


Rob Brown

         Rob Brown (b. 1981) is a visual and sound artist who lives in Santa Ana, California. His practice includes drawing, printmaking, painting and sound installation. His current work deals with ideas of systems, structure, logic and perception. He employs processed and synthesized sounds alongside prints and drawings. These works are realized through a set of self-defined parameters which come from personal research and interests. His interests span from experimental sound synthesis and generative sequencing to cognitive science and both colloquial/formal ideas of logic. His aim is to create an opportunity for the viewer to enter a more active viewing and listening space. He believes there is value in the act of slowing down and spending time with something in a society that is increasingly surrounded and bombarded with stimuli designed to be digested in split seconds. 

         He received his AAA in Animation Art and Design from the Seattle Art Institute in 2002 and his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008. He received his MFA in studio art from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. He has exhibited his work nationally and abroad. He is a founding member of the Mutual Aid collective and studio space in the historic Santora building in downtown Santa Ana, CA.

rallsbrown.com

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Jorge Mujica

Jorge Mujica (b.1982) Is based in Long Beach CA He creates freestanding painting. He received his BA degree in Political Science and Art History from California State University Bakersfield 2008, where he studied murals in East Los Angeles and Mexico. He received a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2010, where he studied minimalism and contemporary painting. He then received his MFA from Yale University 2012 studying painting.  He has been a resident artist at Made by Millworks 2016 and the Art Exchange Long Beach 2014-2015, a recent resident artist at Yeah Maybe, Minneapolis Minnesota, and is the founder of Creative Arts Coalition to Transform Urban Space (C.A.C.t.T.U.S.) Mujica has exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum, 2016 (Torrance),  Museum of Latin American Art 2015 (Long Beach, CA) , Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum 2014 (San Bernardino), and has had solo exhibitions at Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston MA 2015 and Basement Project, Santa Ana CA 2016.

jorgemujica.tumblr.com

Jayes Caitlin

         Jayes Caitlin is an abstract artist and designer currently working in Los Angeles. Her projects utilize screen printing, collage, painting, fibers, and publishing, sharing a formal abstract aesthetic for bright colors, shapes, and an array of mark making. She works out of the studio Heavy Gel, in Los Angeles CA, producing records, tapes, art prints, posters, original works, and artist books.

www.jayescaitlin.com


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Kenny McBride

    Kenny McBride (b.1985) is a visual artist, musician and writer who lives in Long Beach, CA. His painting, drawing and pen works are typically illustrative with influences ranging from surrealism, fantasy to pop art. The artist also performs paintings start to finish live in front of crowds. Some of the venues McBride has painted live include The Segerstrom center for the arts, The Yost Theatre for Atropia and the Aquarium of the Pacific. As a result of painting live in front of audiences the artist has established a large focus on the power of each individual simple and impulsive mark as a subtext beneath the current of the larger complex whole of his paintings and drawings. He held residency at Art Exchange in Long Beach from 2014-2016 and also has created several murals for businesses, private and public spaces. His most recent mural was completed on a 40 ft telephone pole in the Historic Wilmore District. Kenny has also had a life long passion for teaching art and music and has been taking private students for 13 years. Currently he teaches at several places in South Orange County including, Catalyst, Inspired Art and The wellness center.

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March


Charlie Schneider

         Charlie Schneider is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary conceptual artist whose practice integrates ecological, scientific, and social elements. His work centers on impermanence and of human relationships to and within place. He has exhibited work on 4 of 7 continents and received a number of awards. In 2012 he completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded the prestigious Trustee Scholarship.  Prior to beginning his studies in Chicago, Schneider completed a Graduate Certificate for Sculpture, Performance and Installation at COFA/University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, in June, 2010.  He graduated cum laude from Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington, in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art.  In October 2010 he was awarded the Damien Courtenay Memorial Young Sculptor Prize at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2010. 

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Calavera

    Dany (CALAVERA) Hernandez was born in Mexico City and was brought to Southern California as an infant. As a young artist, Dany experimented with a lot of different art mediums. His experimentations led him to his creations with plaster, clay and paper-mache. A graduate of Orange Coast College Dany's artwork has been displayed at Calacas Art in Santa Ana CA and Ink and Iron festival in Long Beach CA as well as Day of the Dead festivals throughout southern California.

http://sugarskullcreations.com/


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Mario Moore

Mario Moore (b. 1987) is a Detroit native, currently residing in New York City. Moore received a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies (2009) and an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art (2013). He was an Artist-in-Residence at Knox College, Galesburg, IL (2015). Moore’s work has afforded him many opportunities-- from multiple exhibitions (nationally and internationally) and featured articles in newspapers and magazines. A few places his work has been exhibited include the Charles H. Wright Museum, George N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, and the Detroit Artists Market. Some of his solo show exhibitions have been seen at Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. His work was also included in the Studio Visit Volume 31 (2015) and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art (2014). Recently he was invited by the Friends of African and African American Art to give a lecture on his work at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

http://www.mariomoorestudio.com/

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April


Andrew K. Thompson

Andrew K. Thompson lives and works in Riverside, California. Thompson holds a MFA degree from the California State University, San Bernardino, and a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Art, San Francisco. His interest in authenticity and materiality has led him to create palpable photo-objects. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States. He has been included in exhibitions at Gallery 1 of 1 in Seattle, the Klotz Gallery in New York, CB1-G Gallery, the Offramp Gallery, and the SRO Photo Gallery at Texas Tech University, Last Projects Hollywood, Space Gallery Claremont, the Art Exchange Long Beach, National Orange Show Art Gallery, and the Parish Museum of Art. His images have been published in Elle Magazine, Time Out New York, and The Village Voice. He has written for Artvoices, Dotphotozine and the Manifest International Photography Annual 3. 

 www.AndrewKThompson.net 

Noel Morical

Nol Morical (American, b. 1989) lives and works between Chicago, IL and Kansas City, MO. She received her B.F.A. from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. She has had a recent solo exhibitions with 57W57 Arts, New York, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago and Fiberspace Gallery, Stockholm. Group and two-person exhibitions include Weinburg-Newton Gallery, Chicago; 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn; Athen B. Gallery;Oakland, Slow, Chicago, LVL3; Chicago.
Noelmorical.com


Erick Guadarrama(SPARC)

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May


Victa Design / Jakmel Ekspresyon

www.victadesigns.com                                                        http://jecenter.org/

Stephanie Victa is an artist, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. After completing her Masters Degree in Sculpture, she lived abroad in Grosseto, Italy then did a Fulbright Fellowship in the Philippines. This year and a half opened up her eyes to creating a project that would combine her passion for the arts and humanitarian work. While abroad, Stephanie was inspired to make dresses for a few women. They were for women and girls who did not have the means to frivolously buy a nice dress. Beauty comes in many forms, we all know that, but the intention Stephanie was trying to understand is that perhaps a person just needs a small push of self confidence or esteem to get to that next level of being motivated or happy in the world; sometimes all we need is someone to believe in us and that person should be oneself.  As Victa Designs matures as a company, our vision is to initiate and support humanitarian projects in countries such as the Philippines, Haiti and Uganda by making dresses for under privileged women and children, develop and teach skill based classes (such as sewing) to create new entrepreneurs, and build houses.


Steven Frost

Steven Frost (b. 1981 Woodsville, NH) is an artist who shares hidden histories through collaborations, objects, and performances. He collaborates with libraries, the living, and dead. His collaborative projects often take form as community workshops, objects, and performances.


Frost is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder where he teaches performance art and media studies. He holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University (‘04) and received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (‘11).

http://www.stevenfrost.com/


Eric J. Garcia

Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics.  Garcia has exhibited nationally to include such institutions like the San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Latin American Art, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.  Received his BFA with a minor in Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico, Eric Garcia went on to completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to sculptural installations, to his controversial political cartoon series El Machete Illustrated, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging.

June

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Isabella Cruz-Chong

Isabella Cruz-Chong (b.1989) is an interdisciplinary artist and supporter of collective cultures. She takes on the roles of maker, designer, educator and researcher. Isabella’s practice often comes from her experience of growing up crossing the international border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. Her interests address boundaries, liminality and unification with a desire to foster self-awareness and blur lines between divisive perspectives. She often uses physical computing, sound, programming and raw materials such as dirt and wood. Her work has been shown at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn 2016), Memorial Union Gallery (Fargo 2016), Rabbithole Projects (Brooklyn 2016), SXSW (Austin 2015), Sullivan Galleries (Chicago 2012) and the Hospital Gregorio Marañon de Madrid (Madrid 2011). Isabella Cruz-Chong received an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.