Contributing Artist Designs - Rochester, NY

Amanda Chestnut: Freedom Can’t Wait

"Freedom Can't Wait" was inspired by the NAACP Stop Lynching buttons. Their anti-lynching campaign began in 1910. To date, the 2018 Justice of Lynching Act has yet to pass the U.S. House of Representatives and be signed into law. From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of the people that were lynched, 3,446 were black. Lynching continues in America today. No one is free until we all are.

Amanda Chestnut’s work focuses on the representation of history – and in particular, how the history of race and gender impacts modern narratives. Her art has been exhibited in Rochester at Firehouse Gallery, Joe Brown Gallery, University of Rochester, and High Falls Art Gallery at the Center at High Falls. She was formerly a resident at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, NY, and at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education in Rochester, NY.

She has held graduate assistantships at Visual Studies Workshop and the Criminal Justice Department, both at the College at Brockport in Rochester. Chestnut holds an MFA graduate of Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. As an artist interested in both upending and interpreting traditional definitions of the archive, she pairs archival images and text with contemporary imagery and her own perspective to convey the history, emotion, and lasting socio-economic impact of the past. Her previous works incorporate photographic poems that draw from archival imagery, text-based poems, and Chestnut’s hair.

Most recently Chestnut curated “Verified” a group exhibition at Loud Cow in Spencerport, NY, and the Rochester Biennial at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo). To learn more about Amanda Chestnut, her personal artistic and curatorial endeavors visit amandachestnut.com.

Instagram: @blk_amanda


Tania Day: Build Bridges Not Divisions

In the midst of political, economic, and social tensions, there is an urgent call for justice and healing in our communities. Building bridges and opportunities for those who have been affected by division and hatred becomes essential and fundamental to empowering them; focusing on supporting each other and sending a positive message of unity and solidarity, especially in these times of social distancing.

Tania Day-Magallon is a Mexican American artist who has collaborated in numerous art events and exhibits in Rochester. She started her art education at a young age and attended to different art institutions in Mexico City where she also began her licentiate studies in Fine Arts at a renowned university where Frida Kahlo taught for some years, contributing to an undeniable legacy in the style of many Mexican female artists. Day-Magallon has received and embraced that artistic influence during the years she lived in Mexico, and it is manifested in her artwork as she employs a rich symbolism emphasizing her own cultural identity and spiritual views. Tania Day-Magallon has also participated in art exhibits in Chicago, where she resided for several years; and she has participated in collaboratives, presentations, performances, and has given art workshops at different venues including at her private studio. In addition, Day-Magallon is also passionate about body art including henna design and tattoos; she owned a tattoo parlor in the city of Chicago which has influenced and enriched her artistic career in many aspects. Tania Day-Magallon is currently a member of WOC-Art collaborative, and other art groups and collectives where she remains active. She has also a BA from SUNY, where she continued her studies in visual arts and psychology.

Instagram: @daymagallonart | Website: daymagallonart.com | FB page: Tania Magallon Art


Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan: MMIW

This button was designed collaboratively by Gabriele Papa, Victoria Alvarez, G. Peter Jemison. Gabriele Papa suggested the theme of the button Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). This is a problem that haunts Native American and First Nations communities. Victoria Alvarez reviewed the early concepts for the Button and G. Peter Jemison created the art work using a Strawberry for the button design and he suggested a typeface. The wild Strawberry for Seneca people is a special gift, it is the first fruit of the each year, and it is considered a medicine. A ceremony is held to honor the Strawberry when it ripens.

Ganondagan State Historic Site located in Victor, NY is a National Historic Landmark, the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to a Native American theme (1987), and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States. Spanning 569 acres, Ganondagan (ga·NON·da·gan) is the original site of a 17th century Seneca town, that existed there peacefully more than 350 years ago. The culture, art, agriculture, and government of the Seneca people influenced our modern understanding of equality, democratic government, women’s rights, ecology and natural foods.

Gabriele Papa is Hawk Clan and a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. She is an interpreter at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY. Victoria Alvarez is also an Interpreter at Ganondagan State Historic Site. G. Peter Jemison, a member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is the Historic Site Manager of Ganondagan. Peter is an artist who is mainly a painter but he is also a filmmaker and a curator of contemporary Native American and First Nations art. His art work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the British Museum, London, England, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, National Museum of the American Indian and the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.

Instagram: @ganondagan | Website: ganondagan.org


Erica Jae: Freedom

Freedom shows a portrait of Rochester-based Luticha Doucette. Doucette is a force to be reckoned with. She has a consulting business that focuses on equity and assisting those who want to get started on their equity journey.

Erica Jae was born and raised in the 19th ward of Rochester, NY. Out of love and protection, her mother allowed her only to play from in front of her house up to the stop sign that was located two houses down. Naturally, Erica grew curious about the world beyond her parameters and in college, she majored in social sciences with a concentration in mental health. Over the last 8 years, Erica has worked as an assistant manager, a clinical case manager, and a residential counselor in various group homes. Her work has been featured on NBC nightly news with Lester Holt and published in local magazines.

From an early age Erica expressed herself through writing fictional short stories, poetry, and blasting hip hop from the stereo in her room. With her camera as an advocate, Erica tells the stories of the people within her community and beyond. Her work seeks beauty in hidden gems, balance with the duality of light and dark, and stillness in the poetic rhythm of the streets.

Instagram: @artxericajae and @ello_yellow | Website: thejaeera.format.com


Abiose Spriggs: Ten-Point Program

The Ten-Point Program is the Black Panther Party's declaration to the world. Each point in the list is a demand by the BPP for the Black/Brown community that they aimed to serve, calling out the American government and demanding change for the people. 50 years later, each point still rings true. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I now reside in Rochester, NY. Currently the bar manager at the Playhouse/Swillburger, I received my undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio for fine art. I was introduced to art through my parents, my mother, an educator and my father was in art administration. My entire upbringing was centered around art thus growing my appreciation for it and leading me to study it further. My art focuses primarily on my personal experience and interest as a black person in America. Expressed through various mediums, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and preferred medium, paint. In my paintings, I love utilizing the medium to show the artist hand often against an attempt to create the absences of the artist hand. Painterly brush strokes that are free and dance across the surface confined by the square. This to me is what it's like to be black in America. Being fed the illusion of freedom but never allowed to have it. Color has always been important in my art, the connection of color to emotion is a large driving force behind anything I paint or draw, etc. Therefore I am always inspired by painters who`utilize bold colors and big canvases and those that use multiple mediums. Jacob Lawrence, Josef Albers, Sam Gilliam, David Hammonds, Cezanne, Paul Gaugin, Egon Schile, Emma Amos, Wanda Koop, Radcliffe Bailey, Virginia Jaramillo, Betye Saar, Kerry James Marshall, and Elizabeth Catlett to name a few.

Instagram: @forevershopping_alwaysdad


Thievin' Stephen: Vote with Cash

Everytime we shop, it's an act of voting. Who are you supporting?

Thievin’ Stephen makes art in Rochester, where part of supporting local artists is avoiding businesses that don’t.

Instagram: @thievinstephen | website: thievinstephen.com