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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Saturday, May 20 • 5:15pm - 6:45pm
How We Became Latina Artists in Rural Washington ft. Yakima

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The "How We Became Latina Artist in Central Washington ft. Yakima" presentation will be a panel of five Latina artists across Yakima Valley. The panel will include different types of Latina artists from the valley who have different practices and work in different areas of the art world. The presentation will be about how each Latina became an artist and will include an open discussion between the members of the panel. Location has been a large part of the involvement of each of the Latina artists in the panel, we will be going into depth about what it is like to live in agricultural towns and how it has affected our practice. The challenges we have faced and the beautiful moments that we have been able to see in the Yakima Valley art scene as of late.

The presentation will start with a land acknowledgment of Yakima Valley which was stolen land from the Yakama Nation people. The panel will explain Central Washington and what exactly Yakima Valley is. Yakima is a town where the majority of its population majority is not white American as of the recent 2020 census. Yakima Valley has the largest Latine population in Washington state. Each artist has a connection to Yakima Valley and will have time dedicated to them to present their work. Every artist on the panel has their own story of living in Yakima valley with valuable knowledge and experiences. Each artist has carved themselves into the art scene and has impressive achievements in their practice. Throughout the presentation, we will talk with each other about our challenges, similarities, and differences. The presentation's goal is to begin a dialogue about artists in rural Washington and how an artist can come from different backgrounds. The main focus of the presentation is to give insight to the audience about how artists' lives differ and how collaboration can make a community thrive.

A big part of the presentation is to get the audience's participation. The last half of the presentation encourages questions from the audience. We have set aside a big portion of the presentation to discuss these questions with the panel.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Victoria Urrutia

Victoria Urrutia

Graphic Designer and Artist, Freelance Artist
Hello! My name is Victoria Urrutia I am a Latina artist and designer with a BFA in Graphic Design from Central Washington University. I love to design, illustrate, and paint with a variety of mediums including digital and traditional arts.I enjoy to consume all forms of art and media... Read More →
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Esmeralda Vasquez

Esmeralda Vasquez is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and muralist currently based out of the Seattle area. Her experience as a Latinx / LGBTQ+ artist from the Yakima Valley has expanded her view of the world and inspired her drive to connect with people from diverse backgrounds... Read More →
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Rosie Saldana

Artistic Director, Tieton Arts & Humanities
Rosie Alexis Saldana is an artist and non-profit leader in Yakima Washington. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in visual arts from Heritage University in 2017 and recently obtained her master's degree in museum studies through Johns Hopkins Universuty. Rosie is fourth generation... Read More →
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H.R. Emi

Visual Fine Artist
H.R. Emi is a visual artist in Yakima, Washington, she specializes in painting and drawing. Emi’s work explores themes of identity, memory, and language. She creates art with the intention of capturing a disruption of emotion through everyday moments. Her work captures snapshots... Read More →
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Cindy Lemus

Cindy Lemus is a visual artist from the Yakima Valley in Washington. She specializes in painting but enjoys a variety of mediums. Cindy is a K-5 visual art educator in a public school on the Yakama Reservation. She was born and raised in the district where she now teaches, and she... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2023 5:15pm - 6:45pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio