Aramis O. Hamer
Aramis O. Hamer, a Chicago transplant, is an emerging artist hoping to inspire others through her talent. From a very young age she always loved to create, but at the age of fifteen she discovered her love for acrylic paints. Aramis recently made the decision to pursue her passion for painting since moving to Washington. With the supportive art community in the Pacific Northwest, Aramis has been able to exhibit her colorful creations at many different exhibitions in the greater Seattle area- including the EMP Museum, Columbia City Gallery, and Seattle Center. Some of her work highlights the beauty of Black culture through images of radiant African American woman and ideas inspired by hip-hop, urban cityscapes, and graffiti. While her other paintings can depict the harsh truths around social injustice and environmental changes. As a self-taught artist, Aramis lets the pull of her imagination be her guide. Her adventure is just beginning, and she invites others to join her on this journey. Learn more about Aramis’ work at www.aohamer.com
Marilyn Montufar was born in Los Angeles, CA and received her B.F.A in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. She completed photography workshops abroad in Mexico, Italy, and curatorial internships through the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Richard Avedon Foundation.
Her photography is inspired by the diverse life-styles that surface in major metropolitan areas. She is interested in documenting the transitions inherent in gentrification and human relationships through a practice of portraiture and an exploration of the evolving urban and natural landscape. Often the work is an extended study of her subjects throughout the years, including the portrait series with intimate photographs of friends and strangers who have crossed her path.
Marilyn is an arts activist, both in her role as a youth art mentor and through the photographs she creates. She has experience mentoring inner city students in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA. She currently teaches photography to urban youth and is a program assistant for a teen art studio in Seattle, WA.
Major support for the 2017 Youth Curator Program provided by KeyBank Foundation.