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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Jovita Mercado

Jovita is a mixed medium Chicana artist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington.
After graduating, she went on to create public artwork for the City of Seattle, Burien, and Sea Tac. She was also an Art Instructor for the YMCA and Metro Parks. Through these organizations, she taught children art theory, art history, and various artforms from painting to soft sculpture.
She is currently based in Vancouver, WA furthering her interest in digital design, illustration, and early childhood education. Her work is influenced by her upbringing in Yakima, WA, an agricultural town that is filled with a rich history and pride for Mexican culture. Her work has evolved through the influence of L.A. Chicano culture, Kawaii aesthetic and memes. But no matter what form her work takes, she will never forget - that enjoying the process of creating art is what is most important.


My Exhibiting Artists Sessions

Saturday, May 20

12:00pm PDT

Sunday, May 21

12:00pm PDT

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