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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).
R. Treshawn Williamson
R. Treshawn Williamson is an essayist and multidisciplinary artist whose work is a meditation on the obstruction and surveillance of the lived experiences of African-Americans. He investigates the application of cultural re-imagination in the African Diaspora through the engagement of oral histories, post-colonial theory, folklore, and ethnomusicology. Materials and methods intersect in Williamson’s work in ways that allow the image or object to be a carrier of meaning. One example is a series of screenprinted tapestries that employ laborious studio processes and charcoal as a medium as reference symbolic references to Williamson’s family roots in the coal mining industry. Williamson earned his BFA in Visual Critical Studies and Interdisciplinary Studio Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jade Williams (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose practice reflects the ways that she engages in the radical traditions of alteration, adornment, collecting, and congregating. Each of these meditative actions possess a transformative quality, making them powerful vehicles for space making; and, when performed routinely, healing rituals. Using hair, gold hoops, acrylic nails, original surface patterns, and ornate fabrics, her works are heavily influenced by the 1970’s/80s, metaphysics and her matrilineal line. Jade received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works have been exhibited at spaces including the Krannert Art Museum, the Evanston Art Center, the Leather Archives and Museum, Slate Arts and Performance Center, and Woman Made Gallery. Jade is a 2020 recipient of the One State Artist Project Grant, a 2021 recipient of the National Black Arts Festival Artist Project Fund, and a 2021 HATCH Artist Resident with the Chicago Artists Coalition. She currently lives and works in the Greater Chicago Area.
Natasha Moustache is a photographic artist currently based in Chicago, Il. Moustache’s photography reflects their experience as a first-generation, Seychellois-American and explores the relationships between Black Diasporic communities within colonized spaces, centralizing Black women. Moustache’s work regularly engages strangers as long-term collaborator-participants. Moustache uses photography as a way to bring the human community into a conversation with itself that transcends difference and emphasizes commonality.
Moustache’s work has been shown at the Houston Center for Photography, the International Center for Photography, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where they were an Artist in Residence (2005). Natasha recently received their MFA from Columbia College Chicago where they were awarded the Stuart Abelson Travel Fellowship (2019).
Kelvin Kweku Haizel
Kelvin Kwaku Haizel (b.1987) is a Ghanaian artist whose practice spans painting, conceptual photography, and archival reactivation. Whereas his photographic/archival work is based on extensive research, he takes artistic liberties to be more spontaneous and intuitive when it comes to his approach to paintings. His work has been shown in Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie (2017), Stellenbosch Trienniale (2020), ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2021), Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2022), MARKK Museum at the 8th Hamburg Photography Triennial, 2022. He was a resident artist at the Hyde Park Art Centre and a research scholar at Northwestern University on the invitation of the Black Arts Consortium in 2022.