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Martzia Thometz

Martzia began painting the streets in 2008. With a foundation in graffiti she learned to paint fast and efficiently, often traveling around to new and foreign environments. Self-taught she is continuously pushing herself to learn and grow as an artist. Over the years she’s developed a distinct recognizable style, built around imagery of strong women often ready for the everyday battle of being feminine in a male dominated society. Her goal is to make accessible art to empower young (and old) angry women to see the strength and beauty within themselves.
Instagram: @prettyhard

Witt Siasoco

Witt Siasoco (he/him) is a community-based visual artist whose work falls at the intersection of art and civic engagement. Siasoco has created many community-engaged projects including This Home is Not for Sale, a collaboration with Poetry for People and recipient of an Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Award; Drawing on Rice Street, a large-scale painting installation distilling over 200 conversations with Frogtown residents; and Carry On Homes Northeast, an installation focused on immigrant participation in the Census 2020. Recently, Siasoco was awarded a Jerome Hill Visual Arts Fellowship for 2021-2022.
Instagram: @manilla_rice

Bo Young An

Bo Young An is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in Korea and raised in Thailand. Her works are a collaboration between past and present that uplift under-acknowledged artistic traditions and practices in a way that has mass appeal. Using various media (illustration, embroidery, design, painting, video, etc.) and the aesthetics of pop and eastern art, she tells the stories of a blended multicultural identity.
Instagram: @boan.k and @boillustrates

Allen Christian

For 33 years I have kept an open window to my life. It’s called the House of Balls. Pressure cookers are plasma cut. Crankshafts are braised. Chicken feet are epoxied. They all become images of the human figure. But carved bowling balls are my distinction. I subtract the resin, revealing a face or full body within and sometimes feel as if I am removing the layers of my own psyche. This is the origin of the name House of Balls. I think it’s come to mean something more as well– the idea that we all possess the creative impulse and owe ourselves the balls to express it.
Instagram: @houseof2balls
Facebook: @MrLucky1501

Peter Haakon Thompson

Peter Haakon Thompson is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota whose primary mediums are participation, interaction and conversation. Some of his works include: The A Project, co-founding a participatory, temporary community called The Art Shanty Projects, existing every winter on a frozen lake, Tent Services, a free service providing Expeditionary Conversation Tents for check out, Mobile Sign Shop—a pop-up, mobile, sign-making shop to engage neighbors in making, conversing and connecting multiple works related to table tennis. He just completed Flag Services by sewing flag portraits for neighbors to fly on vacant flagpoles. He earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and MFA from the University of Minnesota. In his spare time he ties knots, hangs out with his six-year-old twins and plays table tennis.
Instagram: @phaakon