MEET THE ARTISTS

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Barbara Earl Thomas

Barbara Earl Thomas earned her BA and MFA from the University of Washington. She has been the recipient of the Howard S. Wright Award, Stranger Genius Award, Mayor’s Arts Award, and Hauberg Fellowship. Thomas has completed residencies at the Pilchuck School of Glass, Stanwood; Museum of Glass, Tacoma; and Goathead Press, Tieton. She has held solo exhibitions at the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science; Seattle Art Museum; Bainbridge Island Art Museum; and Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham. Thomas has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Bellevue Arts Museum; Northwest African American Museum, Seattle; and Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. Her work is included in the public collections of the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum.

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DANDY

Dandy is a creative partnership designed to celebrate and elevate the Black cultural landscape of Seattle, WA. David Rue (Liberian-born) and Randy Ford (Seattle-born) use art, dance, fashion, and pop-culture as forms of activism, story-telling, and joy centering. Together and separately they take Seattle by storm by curating events like A Dandy Affair, SAMRemix (Rue), and QUEEN STREET Festival (Ford). They'e known for their signature event A DANDY Affair and recently hosted the Teeny Awards. You can follow them respectively on IG at @davidrue212 @randybaby11.

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Math Bass

Math Bass earned their BA from Hampshire College and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. They have exhibited nationally and internationally at the Asturp Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jewish Museum, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China. Their work is included in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China.

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Chloë Bass

Chloë Bass is a multi-form conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. Bass has held numerous fellowships and residencies: she is a 2020–2022 Faculty Fellow for the Seminar in Public Engagement at the Center for Humanities (CUNY Graduate Center), New York; a 2020–2022 Lucas Art Fellow at Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA; and was a 2019 Art Matters Grantee. Recent honors include a residency at Denniston Hill, Glen Wild, New York and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, Brooklyn. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany; BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, the Netherlands; the Knockdown Center, Queens; the Kitchen, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; CUE Art Foundation, New York; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space New York; The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and elsewhere.

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The Black Tones

Seattle-based rock ‘n’ roll band The Black Tones welcome audiences into their musical family every time they take the stage. Whether sharing an evening with the group as it opens for Weezer or Mavis Staples, or rocking a late night gig (with mother and siblings in tow) at a prominent Emerald City venue, to know The Black Tones is to be a part of their extended sonic kin. Founded by twin siblings, Eva and Cedric Walker, the band has grown from humble beginnings in their grandmother’s basement to receiving accolades from outlets like KEXP, which named their debut LP, Cobain & Cornbread, the #17 album of 2019; The Seattle Times, which dubbed the group one of the 15 Most Influential Artists of the past decade; and NPR, which named the band one of Seattle’s 15 groups redefining the city. Learn more at theblacktones.com.

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Thaddillac

Thaddillac (aka Thaddeus Turner) has been tearing up the Seattle music scene for years as both a live performer and respected studio musician. Often compared to the diverse guitar stylings of Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Peter Frampton, Thaddeus Turner’s trademark guitar playing is the pillar of the West Coast music scene. Combining the beauty of traditional soul with the power of rock, mixed with his talk­box stylings, Thaddeus has gained a loyal national following. As lead guitarist for the Seattle Heavy Soul band Maktub, Turner has received glowing praise from Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR, and the Seattle Times. Turner has toured with such notables as Cherrywine, Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam, Digable Planets, as well as with Dave Matthews and India.Arie. His versatility as a guitar player has gained him national recognition for his unique sound and passionate playing. Born in Seattle to a musical family, Thaddeus got his start at the age of 3 on the keyboards, but quickly parlayed that into a passion for the strings. He grew up playing in church with his family. Turner’s music genes run deep. After years of delivering legendary guitar for bands such as Maktub, Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces, and Brad, Thaddillac launched his debut solo album: Feleetfoot Broham. His first solo project showcased the range of Funk, Soul, Techno, and of course screaming Rock guitar that has been a hallmark of Thaddillac’s past projects.

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ektor garcia

ektor garcia earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from Columbia University. He has completed residencies at Progetto, Puglia, Italy; International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York; Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, Scotland; and Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, Michigan. garcia has held solo exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, New York; and Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, among others. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China; New Museum, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Prospect, New Orleans.