Aja Nadi is a Philadelphia based photographer specializing in urban portraiture. Since her training as a family portrait photographer in 2016, Aja has blossomed into a versed and accomplished creator. From a young age, Aja sought a way to leave her mark. Her photography does just that. Her work features those from all across the board and welcomes all to share their story behind her lens. Her main goal is to create spaces for those to have the spotlight, that in most cases never get to reach center stage.
Rhi is a 21 year old portrait photographer who’s been taking photos of her friends since she was 12. She’s continued that trend throughout the years, and has turned it into her passion! She hopes to someday make a career out of it, and continue to make her friends feel beautiful in their skin.
Marian Bailey is a self-taught visual artist located in Philadelphia, PA. Although her background is in acrylic portraiture, her medium of choice is currently digital art with which she creates bold colorful illustrations. She primarily focuses on highlighting the beauty of blackness with a hyper focus on dark skin black women. Marian aims to offset the anti-blackness that permeates society and provide the representation that she so desperately wanted to see growing up.
Phobymo (Morgan Smith) is a self taught black female photographer from Philly. Her photography focuses on celebrating diverse bodies & capturing the beauty and strength of women of all races, sizes and ages. Her main goal is to empower and inspire women with her work. In addition to photography, and in line with her main goal, she also curates and hosts a biannual all women’s art showcase called Time To Pretend.
Bianca Clark is a self-taught oil painter who focuses on individuality and the importance of daydreaming. She use vibrant colors and immerses figures in a dream like setting created to reflect their inner personalities. Those portrayed are bold and their powerful gazes cannot be ignored.
Kayla Savage is a photographer based in New Jersey whose body of work focuses mainly on self portraiture. Her photographs study the human form, through her own gaze, in abandoned buildings, dilapidated farmhouses and beautiful natural settings. Her aim is to create work that serves as an emotional outlet for herself, as well as spark those emotions in others. She also hopes to empower those who view her work to embrace and accept their own bodies.
Caitlyn Grabenstein, a.k.a. Cult Class, is a collage and sketch artist out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She started doing art at a very young age and has pursued it in different forms throughout her life. While working in the music industry and running her own charitable business, BANDADE, Caitlyn started collaging out of necessity to create concert posters. She fell in love with the process and began collaging regularly. Her work can be found in buildings around Philadelphia.
Briana Arrington is a Philadelphia born and based Illustrator and Graphic Designer. She obtained her BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute and College of Art in 2017. Briana’s work includes pieces of her identity as she is a firm believer in the fact that representation matters. She is always hoping that her work reaches someone who may look like her, see the world like her or has gone through similar experiences.
Christie Stidham is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Philadelphia. Her work often focuses on observational drawing, but she has spent the last few years expanding upon other mediums in order to concentrate more on 3D installation. Christie also works as a US Conservation Corps member specializing in restoration projects, so the element of labor and building has fused itself into a lot of her practice. Her work is driven by the vulnerability of the human condition and how that transpires into a need for ideals, connection, escapism, and resolve. Her main goal is to keep making work that expresses and investigates her perception of humanity, while contributing to the social and environmental reform she hopes to see progress.
Patricia Renee Thomas
Patricia Renee' Thomas c.1995, is a Philadelphia based painter, drawer, and art educator. The artist uses historical references of blackness, its influence in advertising, its fetishization, and exploitation from experience and research to further investigate the meaning of beauty in Westernized figure painting. She has been shown internationally and is the winner of several local scholarships and awards and is currently a 40th Street Artist in Residence.Patricia Renee' Thomas c.1995, is a Philadelphia based painter, drawer, and art educator. The artist uses historical references of blackness, its influence in advertising, its fetishization, and exploitation from experience and research to further investigate the meaning of beauty in Westernized figure painting. She has been shown internationally and is the winner of several local scholarships and awards and is currently a 40th Street Artist in Residence.
Salma Garcia Nolasco was born and El Salvador and grew up in Pennsylvania. She currently studies at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia. Salma is multimedia artist focusing on painting and costume design. The crux of her work is deconstructing life experiences in order to better understand ones function in society and, subsequently, society as a whole. Her work is mainly autobiographical and uses a variety of media including masks, puppetry and costumes. Common motifs in her work include gaudy clothing, religious iconography, insects and pain to portray a theatrical and hyperbolic version of reality. Mainly, she decorates and depicts her own body within her work, whether in paintings or other media. In this way, she creates extensions of a body to reveal or dissect aspects of a person that is otherwise not expressed.
Sawdust Eyes is the passion project of Joleen Abbinante, a South Philadelphia based woodworker and artist. Working with salvaged wood, pressed flowers, and vintage prints from men’s magazines, Joleen creates pieces aimed at recontextualizing female beauty, blending empowerment, sexuality, and humor. She drew inspiration for combining these materials from her childhood in Virginia, where she was surrounded by her father’s carpentry business and her mother’s avid gardening... and the occasional peek at a stack of old playboys in the basement. While these wall pieces are her primary focus, Joleen has also created commissioned wood installations for individuals, businesses, and stage productions.
Magdalena Fountoukidis is a Polish born artist who has been living in the US for 6 years. Magda’s work seeks to celebrate those who have been and continue to be misrepresented, mistreated, and misplaced. She aims to actively critique today’s tokenizing tendencies while striving to offer a temporary alternate reality for her subjects.
Sabina Sister is a photographer based out of West Chester, PA where she currently resides with her partner and two dogs. Since 2011, Sabina has been creating work that combines reality with a touch of whimsy. Her works builds off her love for color and an idea of “wall hanging worthy” content. Whether it be shooting for clients or personal projects, Sabina works to create bold, colorful work that invites the viewer to pause. She chooses to derive inspiration from the subjects she’s working with, striving to photograph authentically and intentionally.
Saures Benitez aka Uv B is a Photographer based in Philadelphia.
In 2017, after 15 years of djing she decided to teach her self photography by learning with film. Since then, her photos have been featured in both print and online magazines in the US and Europe. She has worked with brands including The Decades and Pabst.
GloriaJean was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in Illustration in 2009 and later, a Master's in Art Education at Moore College of Art Design. GloriaJean's goal is to help heal, educate, inspire, and to create work from a place of gratitude and self forgiveness. Her work is reminiscent of her thoughts and experiences which she explores through intersections of nature, humanity, and spirituality. Her artistic practice seeks to offer healing by highlighting themes of spirituality in nature. Intrinsically, she believes all are connected to nature. Her work draws on symbolic meanings for the mission of self discovery and collective healing. GloriaJean examines feelings of oppression and how knowledge of self, nature, and symbols can combat self-inflicted and or external pain.