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Jessica Caldas

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Jessica Caldas, Mixed Media Artist

Medium

Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media

Bio

Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery's Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. She is currently a 2018-2020 Creative Project Resident. Caldas was awarded The Center for Civic Innovations 2016 Creative Impact award, named Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.

Prior to working full time as an artist, Caldas worked with the Atlanta based non-profit, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, coordinating their Domestic Violence and Guardian ad Litem programs and continues to volunteer for the foundation. For several years was also the volunteer director of Hollaback! Atlanta, the local chapter of an international movement focused on fighting against the harassment and assault of women and the LGTBQI community in public spaces.

In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women's Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2016 to stop HB 51 in 2017, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses.

Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

About

Jessica comes to Paint Love through her leadership on a 5 part series of civically engaged art at Clarkston High.

Zipporah Thompson

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Zipporah Thompson, Mixed Media Artist

Medium

3D Design, Sculpture, Mixed Media

Bio

Zipporah Camille Thompson is a visual artist and sculptor based in Atlanta, Georgia. Thompson explores ritual and alchemical transformations through the unknown and through universals, including death, catastrophe, chaos, and the cosmos. Metamorphosed, shapeshifters and hybrid landscapes reflect various archaeological, psychological, and ecological perspectives, as well as a personal investigation of self and identity.

She received her MFA from the University of Georgia and her BFA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Her work has been featured in a number of print and online publications. She has shown at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, Rogue Space in Chelsea, the Georgia Museum of Art, and Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA, as well as a host of other venues and spaces.  Her work is included in numerous private collections.  Zipporah Camille Thompson is a 2016 Artadia (Atlanta) Finalist, a Hambidge Distinguished Fellow, a former resident of ACRE Projects and Elsewhere Museum, and is a Hambidge Creative Hive Project Artist.  Thompson is most recently a recipient of the Zenobia Scholarship Award for residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle, ME, a 2018 NCECA Multicultural Fellow, and a 2018 Idea Capital Research & Development Travel grantee.   She is currently a selected artist for The Creatives Program, with studio residency at The Goat Farm.  Thompson is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

About

Zipporah comes to Paint Love through her residency with The Creatives Project.

Sara Santamaria

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Sara Santamaria, Mixed Media Artist

Medium

3D Design, Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Mixed Media

Bio

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Santamaria studied literature, theater, and fiber arts, and is currently enrolled in GSU’s 3-D studio art program. She is a 2015-16 Walthall Fellow, and her work has been featured at MOCA GA, MINT Gallery, WonderFarm, Swan Coach House Gallery, and Deer Bear Wolf.

Santamaria came to Atlanta in 2014 by way of Canada, France, and England, and her most recent work explores the dislocation and adaptation of people who decide to uproot themselves and cross borders. She co-founded Brutal studio, an all-lady run design and build studio in Atlanta, specializing in experiential events and installations.

About

Sara comes to Paint Love through her residency with The Creatives Project.