AMFM x Bronzeville Winery
AMFM is an (art)ist organization for the people. We support and feature emerging and established artists through our website, which includes content with local artists and creatives from all over the globe, and through our curated events, exhibitions, partnerships, and activations. Through programming, AMFM combines the arts to cultivate community, diversity, inclusivity, intergenerational engagement and of course, good vibes with a purpose, mission, or cause. Learn more about at http://amfm.life
Ciera Alyse McKissick
An independent writer, curator, cultural producer, and the founder of AMFM, an organization whose mission is to promote emerging artists. She created AMFM, originally a web magazine, as an independent study project in 2009 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Journalism and Mass Communications. Her work since then often involves collaboration through supporting Black and brown artists, local arts organizations, and seeks to stimulate community engagement that's driven by inclusivity, accessibility, intention, and care. She is also the Public Programs Manager at the Hyde Park Art Center, and on the board of Equity Arts (a project of Heaven Gallery).
Isiah “ThoughtPoet” Veney
Isiah “ThoughtPoet” Veney is a photographer and writer from the Chatham and Burnside area. While recently being named a black history maker by the Chicago Sun Times and ever since his highlighted works with Truestar Magazine showcasing Chicago's musical talent he has been on a mission to capture and express powerful opinions and perceptions through imagery and writing. His #HeartMelanin portrait series, in progress since 2013, is a collection of emotions; snapshots of the black Chicago renaissance. His photos show melancholy, and—above all—his love for the black and brown people of Chicago and beyond.
ebere agwuncha (b.1997, Chicago) is a transdisciplinary artist whose practice seeks to reach the natural depths of memory that hands carry through lineage. she dreams alongside the archives of the black diaspora, crafting architecture(s) for the world to embrace through igbo rituals, meditation, touch, and intimacy.
ebere received a bachelors of industrial design from iowa state university in 2019. they have received various awards and residency opportunities including the 3Arts Make a Wave Award, the Chicago Artist Coalition Spark Grant, ACRE Residency, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago inaugural Artist-in-Exchange with the Sculpture Department. ebere has shared various forms of work with Comfort Station, Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center, The Luminary, Breathing Room Garden, Des Moines Art Center and others. ebere currently teaches with the UChicagoArts, Arts + Public Life Design Apprenticeship Program and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sculpture Department.
In 2021, ebere started ccia (creating care-filled igbo architecture(s)): an ongoing research based series celebrating the intersections of architecture, design, craft, and art in the igbo sphere and beyond.
Matthew Owen Wead
Matthew Owen Wead (b. 1984, Chicago, IL) currently resides and works in Chicago. He received a BFA from Morehouse College (2006) and an MFA from University of Maryland (2009) with a focus on printmaking, sculpture and photography. His work is included in collections around the world, including David C. Driskell Center, Flint Institute of the Arts, Spelman College, and The Artist Collection.
Breanna (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Chicago. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017), where she studied print media. Most recently, she has exhibited work at the Print Center in New York City, NY, the SGCI 2022 Conference in Madison, WI, and Drama Club gallery in Chicago. Working with a variety of processes including printmaking, collage, drawing, and coding, her projects tend to take shape through a mix of hand + digital renderings, collage, and image manipulation. Prevalent themes in her work include nostalgia (and time, broadly), femininity, media and technology, often in the context of Black American culture, history, and traditions.