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 • 12:00pm - 7:00pm
ACES Gallery at Langston

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Experience the incredible works of the ACES 2023 visual artists.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Chloe Sow

Chloe Sow

Chloe is a current junior at The Downtown School. As a musician and artist, she often dabbles with different mediums such as acrylics, watercolor, ink, graphic design, and writing, seeking to interpret the world around her. Other than that, in her spare time, she loves playing badminton... Read More →

Exhibiting Artists
avatar for AI-CHUN HUANG


AI-CHUN HUANG is an interdisciplinary artist from Taiwan. She graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts with a master of Fine arts. She is interested in experimental animations, digital installation, paintings, soundscape, and public art. Her artworks focus on life limitations... Read More →
avatar for Amália Couto

Amália Couto

Born in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Amália Couto began her artistic career in theater and was a professional stage actress in Brazil before moving to England where she continued her career in the performing arts. After moving to Seattle Amália earned a BA in drama at the University... Read More →
avatar for Angus Lin

Angus Lin

Angus Lin is a Taiwanese Canadian, greyscale artist born in 1997 in the Greater Vancouver region of Canada. He has been based in Seattle since 2020.His formal education is in engineering, but self-expression through visual art has been a recurrent theme in his life. While creativity... Read More →
avatar for Astha Malik

Astha Malik

Astha is a proud woman of color. She creates modern-day women portraits that capture essence and facets of their identity, and leans on vibrant colors and vivid imagery to portray her women. Through her work she celebrates beauty, strength and diversity of women.She draws inspiration... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Hall

Bernie Hall

Bernie Hall is a Seattle based multi-disciplinary artist, writer, actor, drummer, dancer and visual artist who likes to incorporate universal cultural elements in his art. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, art gave Bernie a sense of rhythm in his life and a way to reflect on the world around... Read More →
avatar for Blanca Santander

Blanca Santander

My journey as an artist begins in Peru, where I was born. Since I was a child I knew that art was a big part of my life. When I finished school, I went to the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in order to get a degree in fine arts. I began work immediately during my last years... Read More →
avatar for Charlize Sow

Charlize Sow

Charlize is a current 7th grader. Interested in animation and illustrating, she frequently creates comics and shorts of historical and scientific events. In her free time, she loves to be inspired by webtoons, create music, and explore different types of art mediums.
avatar for Cheezymicron


Cheezymicron is a self-taught Seattle based artist who, after taking a long hiatus from creating, rekindled their relationship with art 5 years ago. As they revived their creative spirit, they began use and see art as a therapeutic form of introspection and expression and grew to... Read More →
avatar for De'Ja Marshall

De'Ja Marshall

De’Ja Marshall is a narrative tableau photographer based out of Tacoma, Washington. Her interest in photography was first piqued at ten years old while spending time with her grandfather’s digital camera. Over the course of her extensive photography journey, the subject matter... Read More →
avatar for Dovey Martinez

Dovey Martinez

Dovey Martinez is a Honduran- American visual artist and educator. Her work is situated at the crossroads of contemporary figure painting and graphic art. Her art is painted stylistically in a paint by number style, with natural earth tones combined in solid fields of color. Gold... Read More →
avatar for Edimbo Lekea

Edimbo Lekea

Born of Congolese parents, Edimbo Lekea (born Lucien-Edimbo Lekea) is a "Franco-Congolais" artist painter born in a small town of Creil, France. It wasn't until the early ages of 5 to 6, that Edimbo got to develop his creative skill through various sketches. From there, it would be... Read More →
avatar for Frances Grace Mortel

Frances Grace Mortel

Photographer, Filmmaker, & Community Organizer
Frances Grace Mortel (she/her) is a Filipino photographer, filmmaker, and community organizer. Previously a production designer/art director in the Philippines, she now works as the Communications Strategist for APIC Spokane, serves as part of the board of directors for Spokane F... Read More →
avatar for Gabriela Garcia

Gabriela Garcia

Gabi is a venecuir illustrator and designer based in Seattle. She was born and raised in Venezuela, and is mostly self-taught in her art practice. She works in digital media, watercolor, lino, and mixed media. Gabi also loves facilitating art workshops, and making the exploration... Read More →
avatar for Garima Naredi

Garima Naredi

Teaching Artist, Pratt Fine Arts Center
I was born and raised in India amidst rich colors, ornate patterns and cultural stories. I earned Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied arts and worked in advertising before moving to Seattle. I further explored my love for classical art and studied realist drawing and painting for three... Read More →
avatar for Gemma Cross

Gemma Cross

Gemma is a multi-media artist based out of Seattle. In 2021 they co-founded GiiiRLBAND Productions, a production company that specializes in music videos, concert production, and photography. They work in the Seattle area as a photographer, videographer and VJ.
avatar for Grace Hamada

Grace Hamada

Hana Studios
I am a Seattle based artist who has been using various art media for more than 25 years. My art is designed by nature, my heritage, and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. I started making art using different materials (such as rust, hair, rice, etc) to express ideas that words were... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Grace Acuña

Heidi Grace Acuña

Heidi Grace Acuña (they/she) is a Filipinx-American interdisciplinary visual artist from O'ahu, Hawai'i who grew up witnessing her immigrant parents’ hard work and compassion as they cared for adults with intellectual disabilities. Heidi creates dimensional works in ceramics, printmaking... Read More →
avatar for Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez is a prominent Chicano artist exhibiting his art and lecturing across the country. He is the owner/co-director of the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery in the White Center neighborhood.His work is an amalgamation of his life experiences. It represents his Chicano background... Read More →
avatar for Jay Jun

Jay Jun

Jay Jun works through Wolfberry Studio to create illustrations that center people of color. They are a digital artist who works primarily in vector.https://instagram.com/wolfberrystudio... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Soren Davidson

Jonathan Soren Davidson

Jonathan Soren Davidson is a South African-American writer and illustrator who is interested in using horror as a way of exploring futures of liberation. Much of his work focuses on monstrosity, liminality, and Mad futurity.https://www.instagram.com/jonathansoren_/... Read More →
avatar for Jovita Mercado

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... Read More →
avatar for Kamari Bright

Kamari Bright

With the goal of creating something that starts the process of healing for herself and others, Kamari Bright is a poet, videopoet, and creative that is heavily inspired by her life lessons and observations. The award-winning creator transcends the bounds of imagery and language by... Read More →
avatar for Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Hi! I’m Kellie and I’m a non-binary + queer + Asian American artist working out of Seattle, WA. While I have an Arts History/Arts Management degree from the University of San Francisco, most of my art experience stems from a creatively nurturing childhood and way too many hobbies.My... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Barber

Leslie Barber

Leslie Barber is an emerging Jamaican American fiber artist and holds a degree in Fashion & Textile Management from North Carolina State University. After relocating to Washington in 2017, she felt an overwhelming sense of loneliness as she navigated primarily white spaces as a black... Read More →
avatar for Nadia Ahmed

Nadia Ahmed

Nadia Ahmed (she/her) is a Pakistani-American performance artist, sculptor, and arts administrator currently based in Seattle, WA. She earned a BA in Art History and Three-Dimensional Forum from the University of Washington. Nadia’s exhibition history includes Out of Sight, The... Read More →
avatar for Nahom Isak Ghirmay

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... Read More →
avatar for Naoko Morisawa

Naoko Morisawa

Born in Tokyo, I have been a mosaic artist for decades, currently working in the Greater Seattle area and beyond. I moved from Japan to the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. in 2004. I have exhibited my work across the U.S. in more than 30 states, and in international museums including... Read More →
avatar for Ross Collado

Ross Collado

My name is Ross Boa Collado. I identify as Filipino-American and self-taught abstract expressionism painter in Seattle. As early as 6 years old, my siblings, cousins and friends relied on me for anything that requires creativity. I designed them greeting cards and classroom visual... Read More →
avatar for Rubin Quarcoopome

Rubin Quarcoopome

Rubin Quarcoopome loves a good story. From his childhood days in Ghana hearing his father's tales of the mischievous Anansi to his adolescence in Detroit absorbing anime and movies, the allure of riveting tales helps him understand the world and its people. Rubin's artistic work latched... Read More →
avatar for Sabella Flagg

Sabella Flagg

the monarq
Sabella is an artist, designer, and writer creating under the moniker “the monarq” which is a multidisciplinary art practice. She works with abstraction through a mixture of analog photography, pattern design, and printmaking alongside portraiture. Themes around self identity... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Baddon

Samantha Baddon

Hello there, my name is Sammie Rae! I grew up in California with my four siblings, and spent my adolescence exploring different forms of art. I received my Associates of Art from Palomar College and age 16 on, worked as a professional wedding and portrait photographer amongst other... Read More →
avatar for Sony Purba

Sony Purba

Originally from Indonesia, Sony came to the US in the early ‘90s to earn her college degrees in Art and Architecture. She moved from the Midwest to Seattle in 2002 and has been calling it home ever since. For over two decades, Sony was focused in building her career as a licensed... Read More →
avatar for Symonne Larison

Symonne Larison

Monie Love Creations
Self-taught artist MonieLove has called the Pacific Northwest home all her life, being born in Portland and now a Seattle, Washington resident. She began sketching portraits at ten years old. Since then, she has transitioned to painting individualized expression portraits using various... Read More →
avatar for Tatiana Garmendia

Tatiana Garmendia

Tatiana Garmendia was born in Cuba at the height of the Cold War and remembers playing in abandoned missile trenches as a girl. In her interdisciplinary work, history is understood as meditations on national and private mythologies, as the stories we tell others and whisper to ourselves... Read More →
avatar for Wadiyah Nelson - Shimabukuro

Wadiyah Nelson - Shimabukuro

retired librarian
I'm a fiber artist, quilter and member of the Pacific North West African American Quilt group (PNWAAQ). Twenty three years ago I started out with no sewing skills, no sense of color concepts or direction - but I trusted my creative heart to find my way in the magical and spiritual... Read More →
avatar for Xin Xin

Xin Xin

Xin Xin is a visual artist who explores healing traumatic emotions through watercolor and paper weaving abstraction. Xin was born in Beijing, China, and emigrated to Washington with her family when she was twelve years old. Xin graduated from the University of Washington with B.A... Read More →
avatar for Yi Du

Yi Du

I am Chinese American and live in Seattle. I make art, grow plants, balance spreadsheets, and take naps.https://www.instagram.com/authenticityi/
avatar for Yongqi Tang

Yongqi Tang

Yongqi Tang was born in 1997 in China and lives in Seattle, WA. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing (2022), her BA in Painting and Drawing (2019) from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.She has mounted her work in a solo exhibition at T293 Gallery in Rome, Italy... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2023 12:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall