Fox Spears’ (Karuk) primary medium is monotype printmaking. He uses hand-cut stencils and layers of ink on paper to create images inspired from Karuk basketry designs. His prints are in the collection of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. His other mediums include drawing, painting, and installation work. Fox resides in Seattle, Washington.
Nanibaa Beck (Diné) was exposed to contemporary Native American art and practice at an early age. After 20+ years of assisting her father, Victor Beck, Sr., a master Navajo silversmith, Nanibaa created her jewelry line NOTABOVE in 2013. Her earlier research work and museum fellowships included the National Museum of American Indian and the Peabody Essex Museum.
ArtChangeUS REMAP: Pine Ridge: “Reclaiming Our Way of Knowing” engaged Native and non-Native artists, educators, activists and changemakers in two days of immersive cultural experiences that included ceremony, artistic practice, workshops, and roundtable discussions. REMAP unpacked how Lakota people are re-visioning education methods rooted in Lakota culture and as stewards of our homelands while drawing parallels to other communities’ ideas and innovations towards centering heritage-led education practices.
Kandi McGilton (Metlakatla Indian Community) is a modern Tsimshian artist in southeast Alaska. A student of renowned master weavers Delores and Holly Churchill, Kandi practices the endangered Annette Island style of Tsimshian basketry. She received the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award in 2017 to help continue her apprenticeship.
Warren Montoya (Santa Ana Pueblo), Executive Director of The REZILIENCE Organization started REZARTX three years ago. Now, through their fiscal sponsorship with Cafe Cultura, REZILIENCE is a First Peoples Fund Our Nations’ Spaces grantee, utilizing this grant to continue creating a space for Native voices through REZARTX.
Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer whose multinational heritage (O’odham, Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) deeply informs her music. Her song “In the River,” in response to DAPL, garnered half a million video views, national media coverage, a Global Music Award, and an Honesty Oscar. Her debut album “Fight For You” released in 2017.
Raye resides in North Hollywood, California, and is a 2018 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership fellow.
Joseph Brophy Toledo (Jemez Pueblo) has served the Pueblo of Jemez in various capacities for over four decades. He works with indigenous youth groups, is an adjunct instructor for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and worked as a creative consultant for Robert Mirabal Productions. Brophy has served on the Native American Global Sports Committee and been instrumental in international indigenous projects.
His art includes pottery, painting, corn husk art, models of traditional structures, and the creation of traditional tools, weapons, and instruments.