Vanessa Calvert is a mixed-media sculptor and installation artist living and working in Portland, OR. Calvert received her MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University in 2009 and her BA at Whitman College in 2003. Calvert addresses subjects including domesticity, consumption, and identity. She has exhibited in spaces around Oregon and Washington including The Bellevue Arts Museum, Schneider Museum of Art, and Disjecta. Calvert is an adjunct professor of sculpture and design at Portland Community College and has mentored at Oregon College of Art & Craft and the AC+D MFA program.
Jeremy Okai Davis
Jeremy Okai Davis was born in Charlotte, NC in 1979. From a young age art was an outlet and way of existing in the world. His passion for art and painting led him to college. After graduating and receiving a BFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 2002 He spent 5 years in and around the city attempting to get his career going. In 2007 he moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue a more professional practice.
In his work, color use and fidelity to his subjects make them feel alive, but without being too literal. He attempts to present portraits that invite further exploration and investigation. The work features text and graphic elements from time to time. His goal is to make paintings that challenge the way we view people of color. His current work is more focused on his personal life and the current cultural climate.
Asa Mease is an artist from Williston, Vermont. He received his BA in studio art and biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. His work in printmaking, book arts, textiles, and sculpture explores the production, re-production, and collection of objects in the Anthropocene. He currently lives and works in Milwaukie, Oregon and is a member of Flight 64 Studio in Portland. His work has been shown in galleries in the United States and is included in public and private collections.
Miel-Margarita Paredes is a metalsmith, jewelry maker and stop-motion puppet skeleton builder. She was born in Suva, Fiji, where her neighbors owned a pig named Houdini because of his frequent attempts to escape into the mangrove swamp. Memories of that large smelly animal and the delicious dinner he became have stayed with Miel through her adult life, while she studied metalsmithing at California College of Art and Craft in Oakland and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her metalwork incorporates the animal figure and traditional ornamental devices to interpret the ways in which we humans manipulate our environment to suit our needs; deconstructing and reconstructing both inanimate and animate objects. She lives with her husband, two children, two cats, six fish and is growing a wildflower garden outside her home studio window in Portland, Oregon.
Born and raised in sunny California, Lauren Prado spends most of her free time sewing in 75 degree weather. Prado uses fiber, yarn, and needles to create representations of the digital images/products that flood our online feeds. Prado was a high school teacher for three years, and that experience largely influenced her interest in pop culture and the millennial lifestyle that centers on technology, online presence, and self-presentation.
Prado received her BFA from La Sierra University and is a current MFA candidate in the Visual Studies program at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has most recently exhibited work in COP OR DROPl , a solo show in the Lodge Gallery and was featured in Radicle Magazines 2018 issue.