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.

Swati Choudhury

I'm a visual artist and an ex-project manager at Microsoft, India. I’m born and brought up in India where I pursued my education and graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I joined Microsoft, India and worked there for 4 years as an associate project manager before I decided to quit my job and take up full-time art. Growing up, I was always inclined towards art – participated in art contests, created paintings in my free time and was involved in art and craft activities at school. But I never thought of pursuing art as a career. Like most Asian families, I went with the conventional Tech career. However, with time, I realized that my passion is not in tech. I asked myself 2 questions – A. Is this something that I really want to do ? B. Is this something that I can keep doing for the rest of my life? For me, the clear answer was No. During this time, I was introduced to mandala art via Instagram and had started doing mandalas. I have tried sketches, portraits, landscape painting, crafts, henna, etc. But, when I came across mandala art, I felt that the patterns flowed intuitively to me. I kept on practicing and held various exhibitions at my workplace. People loved my work and that gave me confidence to create more. I reached a point when I had to move to Seattle with my family and I knew that it was time. So, in 2021, I quit my corporate job, moved here and took up art full-time. It was difficult at first, but now more than ever, I know that Art is my calling and purpose. My affinity towards mandala art is especially because of the intricate patterns and the mindfulness it helps create. I'm an introvert and mandalas are my form of expression of my thoughts. All my works either convey my idea/thought/message. Sometimes, I create with an idea in mind and at others, I like to just go-with-the-flow and try to derive a meaning/message from the finished work. That’s my process. I love to experiment and create new patterns in each piece of art. I create mandalas on paper, canvas, wood and wall murals. This gives me freedom to create different patterns, techniques, textures, concepts, etc. Mandala art is soothing but also requires patience. The creative process gives me time to retrospect on life and brainstorm new ideas while drawing. I had the opportunity to be a part of Superfine Art Fair(Seattle), Belltown Art walk, Redmond Arts Festival and exhibited my work at Jewel box café & Locus Wines . It's a beautiful experience to interact with and share the idea behind the art with visitors. I look forward to sharing my work with more people and share the positivity and calmness that mandalas ooze
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