Canadian Indigenous artist Wendy DesChene graduated with an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art and immediately incorporated materials that would support activism. "Kawii Otinum" translates to "Reclaim" in Michif, the distinctive language of the native Métis in North America.
Taro Takizawa is an artist who focuses on printmaking, wall vinyl installations, drawings and 2D designs. He is fascinated with blending the boundaries of contemporary studio practice and traditional processes, printmaking and installations, influenced by traditional Japanese patterns from textile designs, architecture and crafts.
Marianne Vitale (b. 1973) is an artist living and working in New York City. She graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY (1996). Her practice combines mediums with a focus on sculpture. She has been described as a surveyor, under-taker, and soothsayer of hard truths, conveyed poetically.
By internationalizing the debate concerning Indigeneity and decolonial thought, as well as examining the basis of North American multiculturalism in the art world, Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds' research foregrounds a complex understanding of gender, sexualities, and race in line with moving away from a heteropatriarchal understanding imposed by colonialist and anthropological thinking.