Founder, Medium Arts
Gina is the founder of Medium Arts. Her background is in public programming for the arts: connecting engaged audiences to artists and arts organizations to create community change. Before moving to Atlanta, Gina worked at The Laboratory of Art + Ideas and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.
She is interested in the intersections of arts and everyday life, democratic spaces for art and conversation and all the food.
mediumartsatl.org | IG @mediumartsatlanta |
Founder, Vamos Ladies
Pamela Barba is a proud immigrant and social entrepreneur. She is passionate about creating a positive impact through design and technology. She is the founder Vamos Ladies, a digital space that centers the Latina experience. Her mission is to help build wealth for Latinx families by providing branding, mentoring and coaching to Latina millennials.
Pamela has worn many hats, and is interested in the intersection of all of her experiences: as a strategist, a project manager, an entrepreneur, an adjunct professor, a graphic designer and most importantly a community organizer.
www.vamosladies.com | IG @vamosladies
Founder, Arbitrary Living
Quianah Upton is the founder of Arbitrary Living and #ChopItUpATL. She is an artist working with embroidery and spatial design, event producer and vintage collector. She is Caribbean; originally from the Virgin Islands and that really informs her love of lush, emotive, art and communal green spaces. Quianah has participated in Her Ritual at the WISH Gallery, Signs of Solidarity, ELEVATE Atlanta, Hambidge Hive at Colony Square, Central Atlanta Progress’s Streetcar PopUps, Lady Locavores with Community Farmers Market. She has collaborated with Art on The Atlanta Beltline, AgLanta Eats, LadyFest, bEarthday Fest and many others.
Arts Administrator and Curator
Grace Gardner is an arts administrator and curator from Southeast Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, with a minor in Sociology from Emory University in 2017. Grace believes art has the ability to disrupt conventional schools of thought, interrogate history, excavate meaning, and provide the silenced, erased, and denigrated with a platform to express themselves freely. Within her curatorial practice, Grace is particularly interested in working at the intersections and theories of Blackness, womanhood, and objecthood. As an arts administrator Grace seeks to utilize art and art-centered programming to amplify the stories of the communities in which she lives.
When she isn’t visiting galleries and museums, Grace can be found watching Netflix, cooking for her friends, or laughing at her own jokes.
Melissa Alexander offers a portrait experience that affirms the spirit, bolsters self-worth, and captures the essence of what makes us inherently dope. She rejects the narrative that society would have us believe about black and brown people, instead creating content where individuals shine. Most recently, she partnered with the Spelman College Museum of Art and the National Black Arts Festival, providing portraiture to patrons of the arts.
She can be found in Atlanta’s West End community with her daughter, happily munching on nachos.
phyllisiller.com | IG @phyllis.iller
AD Kaya Clark
Adrianna “Kaya” Clark (b. 1977, Oxford, MS) began her love affair with photography at the age of three. Drawing inspiration from conversations with women of the African diaspora about life, love, and living, she captures her subjects in natural light. Her intention is to capture their natural beauty, thus she uses a nominal amount of retouching and photoshop, choosing instead to embrace what some would call imperfections.
Clark sees every individual in her lens as a muse.
kayashoots.carbonmade.com | IG @kayashoots
Saira Raza (AKA Sister Sai) is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in music composition, performance, and installation. In her solo act, she layers looped and effected cello riffs with vocals to build improvisational compositions that are unique to every performance. Across her work is a consistent theme: the inevitability of change. As a universal experience, change can elicit excitement, hope, and also fear. In the midst of it, we can find our inner strength and discover the importance of friendship and community. Her forthcoming musical album Ideal explores our obsessions with achievement and perfection, calling into question social norms and expectations that influence our deepest aspirations.
IG: @sistersai | FB: www.facebook.com/sistersai
Lauren is an experienced creative professional with a demonstrated history of working in an art-related capacity throughout her career. She is skilled in Market Research, Brand Management, Development, and Strategic Marketing. Lauren exemplifies a strong ability to manage programs and develop innovative strategies that increase and engage an audience.
After earning her BFA in Graphic Design And Art History from Howard University, Lauren quickly immersed herself into the gallery world in New York and the growing arts scene in Washington, DC. Her passion is the heart of her determination and she enjoys bridging the arts with various communities using her seasoned networking experience. Now living in Atlanta, Lauren works with the local arts community to produce exhibitions and art based events that bring light to living African American artists. With an MA in Creative Business Leadership from SCAD, she aims to unite the arts with the community, increase exposure for artists and cultivate partnerships and new audiences.
Jac Kuntz is an art critic, editor, and journalist, in addition to serving as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University. She is a Masters graduate of the New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Painting with a concentration in art history from Clemson University, SC. She has experience working in both commercial and educational galleries and writing for academic institutions, art publications, and a non-profit publishing house. She currently writes for BURNAWAY, ARTSATL, and Number Inc. Her research and ongoing journalistic project, “Where the Clay is Red,” examines contemporary art in the South through an anthropological lens.