ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium is a BIPOC-led, community-curated program featuring art exhibitslive performancespresentationsworkshopsfilm screeningsartist talksartist opportunity tables and art marketWe are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.

ACES 2023 is a hybrid event, presented online and in person. 

May 20 + 21, 2023

12 pm - 7 pm


ACES is FREE to attend, with a suggested donation of $10.

ASL interpreters are available on-site and via Zoom.

Free childcare is provided on-site.

ACES is presented by Shunpike, in collaboration with 4Culture, Artist Trust, Arts Corps, ArtsWA, CD Forum, Golden Bricks Events, Ground Zero Radio, Langston Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Refuge Outdoor Festival, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Restored, Black Rock Spirits, Spokane Arts, The Vera Project, and Totem Star.
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Nahom Isak Ghirmay

My art delves into themes of identity and emotional experiences through a variety of mediums. I am captivated by the vast range of emotions conveyed through facial expressions and body language. As I observe the people around me, I am intrigued by their stories, hopes, worries, and complexities, which inspire much of my work. My brush strokes, charcoal marks, and color choices strive to capture the essence of these emotions. I place great emphasis on color, using it to convey feelings and evoke sensations that words cannot express.
My creative process involves working with various mediums such as oil and acrylic paints, pastels, and charcoal. I find inspiration in music, listening to people's stories, and observing nature. For me, art is not only a means of self-expression but also a way to connect emotionally with the wider community.


My Exhibiting Artists Sessions

Saturday, May 20

12:00pm PDT

Sunday, May 21

12:00pm PDT

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