Our Contributors


Precious Blake

A community arts organizer and illustrator living and working in Baltimore, MD. Precious received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration with a concentration in Printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is dedicated to serving underrepresented artists in Baltimore through community programming, event organizing, and public art.


Chelsea Lozano

An undergraduate General Fine Arts Major attending MICA as an upcoming Junior. She was born in Montclair, New Jersey and is the Vice-President of the Black Student Union, becoming an African-American Programmer, Fitness Assistant and Orientation Leader at her current college. Her work is experimental, but she most enjoys illustration and digital/traditional collage. She focuses mainly on African-American politics, the intersectionality of it, and how being a black woman affects her; mentally and emotionally.


Boya Sun

An illustrator and coauthor of the upcoming graphic novel Chasma Knights. Originally from China, Boya has travelled from Canada to United States and now resides in the charming city of Baltimore.


Umi Niwa

A Japanese/American artist. Having just begun hormone replacement therapy, her artistic practice is dedicated to confronting personal issues of gender identity and to lesser degrees that of her own race and sexuality. With the hope of reestablishing a relationship with her estranged sister, she had dedicated a recent show to her as a means of explaining and apologizing for her decade long emotional absence. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. Niwa is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD.


Luisa Rodriguez

A Baltimore based artist/illustrator making multimedia work from her experience growing up as a Latina immersed in pop culture and advancing technologies.


Morel Doucet

Morel Doucet is an emerging contemporary artist that hails from Haiti and grew up in Miami, Florida where he graduated from the prestigious New World School of the Arts High School with the Distinguished Dean's Award for Ceramics. He was also awarded the coveted Marie Walsh Sharpie Foundation Scholarship and The National NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medalist award in Sculpture. From there he formalized his education at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) receiving his B.F.A. in Ceramics with a minor in Creative Writing and concentration in Illustration. Morel has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad including shows at the National Council on Education for Ceramics Arts, New York, Miami, Baltimore and São Tomé et Príncipe. His work has been featured in Beautiful/Decay, TrendHunter Art & Design, Oxford University Press,The Miami Herald, Bluecanvas Magazine, Obstrusiv Magazine, The Black Male Identity Project and MICA’s Annual Report.


N'Deye Diakhate

A multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Baltimore, MD. Originally from White Plains, NY, she has 4 years of design experience and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Of Black American and Senegalese descent, N’Deye’s work is based around identity and narratives surrounding race, gender, sexuality and class. She expresses these ideas through the use of typography, pattern making, and publications. As a freelance designer her time is spent working with local businesses throughout Baltimore.


Martin Gee

A Senior Art Director at TIME, freelance illustrator and cat whisperer. His (partial) path of destruction includes The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and House of Blues. His work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Popular Mechanics and The Washington Post. He has won an Emmy, awards from a few acronyms (SOI, SPD and SND) and a fondue set for presentation karaoke / improv. He enjoys everything Star Wars, building Lego robots and living the dream. 


Sean Kierre Lyons

A non-binary activist and painter. Kierre is based in New York City, mainly works with acrylic on flat canvas and is self taught. They are inspired by the events of their own life, African art, most of their work deals with experiences of being black person in America and addressing other forms of oppression. 


Caroline Xia

A recent graduate of the Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music and Art who will start attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in the fall. She is interested in illustration and graphic design. 


Suldano Abdiruhman

An interdisciplinary artist and designer living and working in Baltimore, MD. Her work tends to deal with issues of race, identity, and kinship as well as gender and the African diaspora.  She currently attends the Maryland Institute College of Art and is working towards a BFA in graphic design. 


Heather Abbott

A Dallas-based visual storyteller who specializes in photo/videography and editing, graphic arts, volunteerism and activism. In her "free" time, she enjoys social cycling, running a grief group and maintaining her side-project, The Invisible Tomboy, on Instagram.


Haeun Ro

A Washington D.C. based graphic designer. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art this past May. She currently works on product design for Chesapeake Bay Candles.


Yael Talleyrand

A Haiti based artist who’s primary medium is painting. Her formation was in Cinematography and Film arts, so there is a big emphasis on visual storytelling in her work. She teaches painting and drawing on and off at the Centre d’Art of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Over the last couple years she had had her work exhibited in multiples cities in the US, France, Italy and Haiti.


David Haas

David M. Haas is a twenty-three year old photographer and calligrapher in Baltimore, Maryland. Raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, his passions include documenting environmental devastation and supporting indigenous rights in the Americas. His works reveal the untold stories of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and document the gas industry in the Mid-Atlantic states of North America. He has been practicing different traditions of calligraphy his entire life. He most recently mastered the art of Sumi Ink calligraphy. In 2015, Haas collaborated with Leslie Xia on their spread, Happy Hour with DH, in Taylor, which was awarded a silver medal by The Society of Publication Designers in their student competition.


Leslie Xia

A NYC based graphic designer interested in lettering, editorial design, and motion graphics. Their work focuses on gender identity and race politics. They enjoy taking selfies with people sleeping and riding their scooter down steep hills.