Molly Must is a public artist, painter and sculptor from rural West Virginia. Combining direct-observation, memory and imagination, she explores themes of public history and speculative futurism, questioning the meaning of “belonging” and ancestral community on land marked by conflict, genocide, and multi-generational migration. Deeply interested in the power of narrative & storytelling in the making and unmaking of belief and desire, she interrogates her own relationship to whiteness, wildness, and the remote mountainside where she was raised.
Felipe Ortiz is a Mexican-American author illustrator from Dallas, Texas. Felipe’s work is inspired by their family’s rich history in the countryside of Morelos, Mexico. Their work explores human relationships to land and contemplates what it means to be natural through a lens of queerness.
They are a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and hold BFA in Illustration. They are a recipient of the John A. Chironna Scholarship, and their work has been published in SOMOS, Visions, and the Brown Political Review. Felipe can be found strolling through glorious fields of grass.
Katharine Pettit is a NYC based Director/Choreographer who served as Susan Stroman’s SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) Observer on Bullets Over Broadway on Broadway. Her dance company, Katharine Pettit Creative (KPC), challenges societal norms using dance as a call to action, spotlighting women’s rights and girl empowerment, mental health awareness and Black Lives Matter. Her choreography has been seen in NYC at the 92nd Street Y, The Cell, Choreographer’s Forum, APAP showcases, DUMBO Dance Festival, and regionally at the Detroit Dance City Festival. Katharine is Associate Artistic Director of NY Theatre Barn, a groundbreaking theater company whose sole focus is illuminating untold stories. She is on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and The Studio (Mount Kisco) and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine November 2015.
Mia Rollins is an installation artist, researcher, and critical theorist. Their practice examines the liminal space between the physical and virtual, science and magic, the technological and the human, and memory and imagination. Their work investigates our individual relationships with current radical shifts in digital technology and scientific fields, exploring phenomena such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, astro, particle and quantum physics in their multimedia installations. Through these topics, Rollins proposes metaphors for memory, dreams, loss, desire and love in the human experience. A large part of Rollins’s practice is advocating for the incorporation of artists’ perspectives in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) research, thus science-centered residencies and collaborations are integral to Rollins’ process. Currently, they are the Artist in Residence at the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center, Artist in Collaboration with the Flow Physics Facility at the University of New Hampshire, and a member of the Brown University Space Program team. Rollins received their BA in Visual Art and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2017 and their MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2022. They were born in Nashville, TN in 1995.
The West Harlem Art Fund and its Visual Muze Storytelling Residency & Retreat are registered members of the Artist Communities Alliance.