Amber Doniere is a New York-based artist living in Harlem. She works in the medium and style most apt to fulfill the needs of the project at hand, including but not limited to painting, installation, and collage. Her work is a continuous conversation between herself, her environment, and her lived experiences – particularly those that are most present at hand – which creates reflection upon what was, discussion of what is, and connection to what will be.

Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, Doniere received her BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and recently received her BA in Fine Arts from Queens College. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at Queens College.

Doniere was a two-time Artist in Residence with the Honors College at UNCG and a two-time Artist in Residence with Arts Letters and Numbers.

 

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.

Melita Cekani is an NYC-based artist that finds inspiration in diversity, cultural heritage, and personalities. Melita adds three-dimensionality to paintings, by sculpting the oil paint and manipulating its thickness on the canvas. Melita manifests a unique innovation of painting technique, brought up by her and named“CEKANISM”.“Çekan” translates to “hammer” in Albanian, Melita’s native language and background. In a figurative manner, she treats her paintings as sculptures, and carves or sculpts the oil paint using her brush, as one would use a hammer and chisel to make a sculpture.
Melita’s paintings are recognized for the extensive use of Impasto, taken to
another level. She makes her paintings 3D with the oil paint sticking out of the canvas and the paint being elevated up to one full inch from the canvas’s level.

Oluwatobi Adewumi is a Contemporary Artist who focuses on the sociocultural of the subject through his multimedia drawings. His work explores his personal journey of having been born in Nigeria then moving and assimilating into American Culture in conservative Arkansas. His drawings are between realism /abstract figures and portraits layered out to make it simple for his audience by telling a story in a story. Some of his best tools are charcoal, and acrylic paint which he can manipulate and use freely to bring the depth of the subject as he tackles the story behind each artwork.

 

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.