Born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Her passion for art started back when she was a little girl. She taught herself how to draw and sold her drawings to her classmates for a dollar. Over the years her creativity and talent has grown. Nakia recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Landscape Design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. There she learned how to make 3D models and other art forms. She is most known for her animation/cartoon paintings. Nakia is also the owner of upcoming brand ‘B.Y.E. : Be Yourself Everyday’. It’s all about encouraging people to be proud of what makes them unique from others through different forms of artwork.
Keyana “Key” Scott is a contemporary visual artist based in Chicago who works mainly in drawing and painting, but consistently experiments with unconventional materials and found objects. Key’s art making allows her to speak to the world through a lens that she finds only accessible through art. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, her mission is to democratize art and encourage her audience to empower themselves by creating because for her, every creation is a reconnection with self, a transcendence and an act of resistance.
Rachel ‘MoonPerl’ Perlman has been creating visual art since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and over the years has explored through many different mediums and subjects. current works are focused on abstract movement and the human brain. Recently having brain surgery has left her with many physical limitations so this exploration is very personal, and empowering to create while navigating the ins and outs of recovery and still being able to hold onto the ability to draw and paint. These current series explore movement in a very simple, clean way. She believes using bold colors can communicate everyone’s right to celebrate being alive and that no matter how terrifying something may be, you can still bring light to it. When words fail, art tells a story and Rachel believes everyone has their own story that deserves to be told in whatever form they choose. Art is therapy and therapy is a damn good thing!
Diamond Reed (preferred to be called Amber Marie) discovered her artistic ability and love for the arts in middle school. After being outcasted, she decided to embrace her differences and developed a passion for the arts that can be clearly seen in her work. Amber took up experimenting with dance, visual art, photography, and makeup so she could embrace what was once hated. She is the mind and talent behind Milk & Honii, her Chicago based photography company, and continues to experiment with varied art forms to create beautiful works of art. Her art is about physical, emotional, societal, and social rebellion, to be free of any norms you feel are holding you back from your full potential. Embrace your body, mind, and spirit in every way. Self-love and mental health is key.
My name is Hollie Davis and I studied art and women’s studies in college at Denison University. My art is passionately the story of communities of all kinds. I am a contemporary artist from Chicago exploring issues of identity through storytelling. Diverse representations of beauty is the signature of my work as well as powerful use of color. My goals in the next five years as an artist is to show in multiple regions of the US and participate in a residency in Ghana, Morocco, or Brazil. Artists that influence me include Gerald Griffin, Joyce Owens, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Bisa Butler, and Carrie Mae Weems. My work in a nutshell? Colorful, authentic, and impactful.