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Alexandra Beaumont is a textile artist and dancer. She was born and raised in South Carolina to a Jamaican father and American mother, both working musicians. She attended the residential South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities throughout high school, focusing on dance and visual arts, and went on to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where she studied fashion design. After working in New York City as a menswear designer, she returned to a fine arts practice, incorporating her love for fabrics and hand sewing. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN, where she makes work centering themes of personal reconstruction, community, and celebratory display. Her first solo exhibition “Version” was presented at Ridgewater College in Minnesota in the fall of 2022. She is a 2022 recipient of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council “Next Step Fund” grant, and a 2023 Forecast Early Career Project grantee. She is a member of PF Studios in Minneapolis, MN and contributes to the development team of Public Functionary, a gallery, performance space, and café supporting BIPOC and LGBTQ artists in the Twin Cities
Kimberly is an artist and educator living and working in western North Carolina. She earned her BFA in Fibers as a Distinguished Scholar from Savannah College of Art and Design and her MFA in Studio Art subsequently. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently through Vox Populi, Oneoneone Gallery, and the Ackland Museum at UNC Chapel Hill.
sasha de koninck
Sasha de Koninck is an artist and researcher from Santa Monica, CA. She completed her undergraduate education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in fibers, a minor in creative writing and a concentration in sound art. In 2015, she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Her practice has recently evolved from being solely focused on creating performative wearable technology, to include installation, costume design, and performance. She has been an artist-in-residence at STEIM, MassMoCA, Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes, Icelandic Textile Center and Praxis Fiber Workshop. She has exhibited her work at the Chicago Cultural Center, Dairy Arts Center, Target Gallery and the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp.
Patricia Miranda is an artist, curator, educator, and founder of the artist-run orgs The Crit Lab and MAPSpace, where she developed residencies in Port Chester, Peekskill, and Italy. In 2021 she founded the Lace Archive, an historical community archive of thousands of donated lace works and family histories. She has been awarded residencies at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, I-Park, Weir Farm, Vermont Studio Center, and Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and been Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, the Heckscher Museum, and University of Utah. She has received grants from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (2021); two artist grants from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts (2014/21); an Anonymous Was a Woman Covid19 Relief Grant (2021), and was part of a year-long NEA grant working with homeless youth (2004-5). Miranda has developed education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including Franklin Furnace, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is a noted expert on the history and use of natural dyes and pigments, and teaches about environmentally sustainable art practices.