Maren McBride is a Landscape Architect at Mithun and works on a variety of urban design and landscape architecture projects focused on sustainable development and public realm design. Dedicated to creating vibrant, functional and meaningful spaces at every scale, Maren has a passion for place-based design and tackles design challenges with a collaborative and pragmatic approach, recognizing the capacity of place to influence people and the power of integrated design as a catalyst for social change and community building. Maren received a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis and serves on the Washington ASLA Board of Directors, Landscape Architecture Magazine Advisory Committee and is an ACE Mentor.
D.K. Pan is an artist investigating the intersection of place & memory – through video, performance, installation & interventions – exploring the interstices & histories of site; the personal & collective body. With a background in performance, Butoh dance, and installation art, DK Pan’s belief in the role of art as a catalyst for social change has led him to work in various media as an artist, producer, and curator. He is the co-founder and director of the Free Sheep Foundation, which transforms disused environments into art spaces, and he’s currently curating a temporary public art exhibition for Sound Transit.
Julie Trout is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and arts advocate. For over twenty years she has taught in both private and public schools as a classroom teacher that used art to teach transitioning many years ago to her true passion of leading with arts education. In 2012, Julie was ESD 121 Regional Teacher of the Year.
Currently she is the visual arts teacher and arts team lead at John Muir Elementary located in the Rainer Valley of Seattle. Additionally she has led both art making sessions and professional developments for educators emphasizing art as a form of resistance and arts integration. Her goals as an educator are to facilitate a joyful and positive environment that cultivates curiosity and empowerment.
Dylan Neuwirth (b. 1977, Athens, Georgia) is a contemporary artist working with light, space, and interactive technologies. He has participated in numerous solo, group, and public art exhibitions including curatorial and web-based projects and his work is in private and institutional collections. From 2007-2016, Neuwirth was a Project Manager with Chihuly Studio. He is currently the Creative Director at Western Neon, Executive Director at Western Neon School of Art, and lives in Seattle, Washington.
Negarra A. Kudumu counts, to-date, amongst her accomplishments five publications and six exhibitions. Ms. Kudumu holds the title of Yayi Nkisi Malongo (priestess) in the Brama Con Brama lineage of Palo Mayombe, is a non-initiated lay practitioner in the Lukumi Pimienta lineage, and an Espiritista. She holds degrees from Leiden University (Leiden, NL) and Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). She lives and works in Seattle where she is also Manager of Public Programs at the Frye Art Museum.
Minh Carrico is an artist and educator. His career began with commercial photography while studying in Austin, Texas. His creative practice expanded into art direction while living in New York City. Clients include: Annie Leibovitz, Martha Stewart Living, MTV, Whole Foods Market, City of Seattle, The Wing Luke Museum. Currently, he is a co-chair and instructor for the Visual Arts at Edmonds Community College. His studio practice focuses on designing and producing public art installations and curating gallery exhibitions that examines the issues of citizenship, displacement, standardization and the construction of identities. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across North America and held within public art collections.
Sharon Arnold is a Seattle-based independent scholar, curator, and founder of Bridge Productions. They graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2006 and began their career as an exhibiting artist, retiring their practice in 2013. Since 2008, they’ve written for multiple local and national publications, curated various institutions and galleries, served as the video interviewer for the regionally prestigious Neddy Artist Award Exhibition from 2013-17 (and served as the curator from 2014-15), and they were one of four curators for the inaugural 2015 landmark event, Out of Sight— an annual survey of over one hundred Pacific Northwest artists which ran alongside the Seattle Art Fair for three years. They were featured as The Gallerist on the 2014 City Arts Future List, and were a Seattle Mayor's Arts Award nominee for Cultural Ambassador in 2017.
Manish Engineer recently joined SAM as the museum’s first Chief Technology Officer. Prior to SAM, Engineer worked at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as a Project Director in the membership and development departments. He also worked as MoMA’s IT Associate Director of Applications. Engineer also worked at Penguin Random House on several high profile projects developing apps and complex e-books for former First Lady Michelle Obama, Giada De Laurentiis, and Max Brooks’ World War Z novel. For fun, he has previously performed stand-up comedy throughout New York and held volunteer positions at the Guggenheim and MoMA.
I am  years young from South Seattle, WA. I graduated from Franklin High School in 2010 (Seattle, WA) and Bowdoin College in 2014 (Brunswick, ME). At Bowdoin I majored in Visual Arts with an interest in Graphic Design. When I am not teaching painting to the students at the Southwest Interagency . I mentor with MBK (My Brothers Keeper) students at Mercer Middle School. I am a part-time Uber/Lyft driver. I am a Freelance Artist (graphic design, painter, and photography). I chose to teach painting because painting is one of my passions that I have fallen in love with. What I know I want to pass onto the next person. “Each one, teach one” I also always wanted to give back to the youth one day. I just want to see positive and successful things out of people. It takes the youth to help the youth!
Juan Alonso-Rodríguez (Seattle) arrived in the United States from his native Cuba exactly one month before his tenth birthday. He is a self-taught artist whose transition from music to visual arts coincided with his move to Seattle in 1982. In addition to being a visual artist, Juan is an activist for arts and social justice and a strong voice for inclusion in the arts. Since 2007, Juan has maintained a studio in Pioneer Square, using his own space as a tool to bring awareness to the mission of chosen nonprofits. Juan's work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and Latin America. He currently serves as a Seattle Arts Commissioner and is a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee.
Jasmyne is a staff writer at The Stranger, covering music, film, and visual art. Having grown up on the Eastside, she likes the view from this side of the bridge.
Aramis O. Hamer is a visual artist and muralist living in Seattle, WA. Her subject matter is inspired by the cosmos, music, nature, divine femininity, and the complexities throughout the Black culture. From a very young age she always loved to create, but at the age of fifteen she discovered her love for acrylic paints. With the supportive art community in the Pacific Northwest, Aramis has been able to exhibit her colorful creations at many different exhibitions in the greater Seattle area- including the EMP Museum, Paramount Theater, Martyr Sauce Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, and more. Aramis created the iconic purple goddess in 2016 for KEXP radio station at Seattle Center which became a catalyst to her art career. Learn more about Aramis’ work at www.aohamer.com.
Asia Tail is an artist, curator, arts administrator, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a member of the diverse urban Native community in the Pacific Northwest.
Brand strategist, content creator, culture connector; Michael Huang took a front seat to the rise of social media and interactive marketing.
Elisheba is a multi-media artist and poet who has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work.