LANA GOMEZ GUEST PANEL SPEAKER
Lana Gomez’s work has a sense of freedom and heart that reflects the boundless, yet kind rebel that she is. After studying art at the University of Tennessee, Gomez moved to Los Angeles, where she continued to experiment with acrylics and an evolving mixtures of materials.
From a 10-foot guitar sculpture for Gibson GuitarTown for the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood to mural sized pieces that transport you into another world-Gomez continues to push the boundaries in her work.
ASHLEY LONGSHORE GUEST PANEL SPEAKER
From lines of glitter cocaine to Jesus surrounded by Louis Vuitton to Kate Moss dressed as a nun, Ashley Longshore’s pop art is never shy of daring. Her art makes noise.
Dubbed by Elle Magazine as “New Orleans’ Most Bad Ass Artist”, her over the top personality has earned her quite the reputation on social media. Touted by Fast Company Magazine as one of their “Most Creative People” and recognized by Forbes as one of the “Leading Business Women in the South”, Ashley’s non-traditional approach to marketing her work, represents a new wave in an industry that is undergoing its own digital revolution.
MAGGIE O’NEILL GUEST PANEL SPEAKER
Maggie O’Neill is an artist and designer proudly based in Washington, DC. Living and working in the neighborhood of Shaw, her work is inspired by local iconic landscapes, travels abroad, women and fashion.
Through SWATCHROOM, a full-service creative design and fabrication studio she co-founded, she has designed some of the most notable commercial spaces and private residencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including over twenty restaurants. She has also designed custom installation pieces for companies like Twitter, Microsoft and Bain. Maggie has been the featured speaker for Creative Mornings, a two-time winner of the design category for DC Inno’s “Fifty on Fire,” and named a “Woman of Influence” by Capitol File.
LESLEY DEVROUAX GUEST PANEL SPEAKER
A lifelong artist, designer and aesthete, Lesley Devrouax started her artistic path on a sofa in Upper Northwest, drawing O’s, at the age of two. Throughout childhood, she practiced her craft within the walls of the Corcoran School and in the studio of her grandfather, Eugene. After design and art school, she moved to New York City and into the world of high fashion, designing clothing for the revered and renowned fashion houses of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, honing her aesthetic at Calvin and leaving a tangible mark at Ralph. Always drawn to the colourful visual, she eventually returned to her first love, the palette and the brush, and began to explore the relationship between colour and composition.
Primarily a figurative artist, interpretive portraiture remains a continuous concentration and her pieces are often defined by the use of blocked colour, negative space and experimentation with mixed, somewhat unexpected, media. Sometimes intentional, sometimes accidental, she pushes the boundary between found and created composition.
DOMINIQUE FIERRO FEATURED ARTIST
My subjects are women. They stand before my camera exposed, timid and vulnerable. I relate to them. I am one of them. I work to tell their story–to capture their soul. To disclose something that isn’t always comfortable. I tell their stories through photographs–it’s how I see the world, how I see their story, how I relax enough to let them see me first. I do all of this because I worry that if I don’t, perhaps, no one will. I started playing with different colors and textures over my images to create an alternate reality a reality that I wanted to explore and escape to myself.
VIOLETTA MARKELOU FEATURED ARTIST
From her first time flipping through Harper’s Bazaar and American Vogue at age 10, Violetta fell in love with photography. It was the light and mood, combined with haute couture fashion that fascinated her.
As not only a photographer, but as a stylist, makeup artist, producer and artistic director – Violetta creates one of a kind visual experiences for brands and editorial as well as individual and corporate clients. “I love to create beauty and and I live to capture it”, says Violetta about her approach to her work. Violetta is a new kind of photographer unbound by traditional parameters a visual artist serving to curate an entire story through a lens as creative director at VM Photography & Makeup LLC . The shoots she produces are created with a strong conceptual fashion emphasis and a willingness to explore in order to bring images to life.
MAGGIE MICHAEL FEATURED ARTIST
Michael’s paintings are included in several private and public international collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the United States Embassies in Romania and Barbados, the Federal Reserve Board, American University, and the University of Maryland. She was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2016, 2015, and 2013, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2008, The Trawick Prize in 2008, an Artist’s Residency at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2006, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2004.
Solo exhibitions include A Phrase Hung in Midair as if Frozen (2016), American University Museum, Washington, DC; Colored Grounds and Perfect Xs (2015), G Fine Art, Washington, DC; Some Threads Are Loosely Tied (2014), Cecilia Jaime Gallery, Ghent, Belgium; There is No Rising or Setting Sun (2011), G Fine Art; The Logic of Sense, Same as It Ever Was (2010), Green Gallery West, Milwaukee, WI; Tattoos of Ships (2010), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Emotional Infinity (Subtitling Houellebecq’s The Elementary Particles) (2009), Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NY; Unspoken (Nothing Says More) (2009), Artspace, New Haven, CT; All At Once (2008), G Fine Art; Foreground Memory (2008) Rule Gallery, Denver, CO; Open End (2006), G Fine Art; Worse for the Better (2005), Lump Gallery and Projects, Raleigh, NC; (T)rain (2005), Rule Gallery; Run (2004) and Clones (2002), G Fine Art. She received an MFA from American University in 2002, an MA from San Francisco State University in 2000, and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1996.
Maggie Michael (born Milwaukee, WI) lives and works in Washington, DC.