The Beacon Project
Video Projection Art Installation

Artists

The Artists of Beacon

Aida Lizalde - UNDOCUMENTED

Aida Lizalde - UNDOCUMENTED

Aida Lizalde is a Mexican visual artist demanding a cultural voice through artwork. Lizalde’s main media are sculpture and video performances as forms of autobiography and exploration of identity.

Angela Willetts - REPRODUCTION

Angela Willetts - REPRODUCTION

Angela Willetts received her bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge (UK), and recently completed her MFA at the University of California, Davis. Originally from Great Britain, Willetts has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last eighteen years where she has shown extensively.

Chelsea Thompto - CAMP

Chelsea Thompto - CAMP

Chelsea Thompto was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa and received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2012. During the time she also began the process of transitioning from man to transwoman. She is currently working towards her M.F.A. in 4D Art at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
 

Emilio Vavarella - CONSENT

Emilio Vavarella - CONSENT

Emilio Vavarella is a media artist-scholar whose work merges interdisciplinary art practice and theoretical research and is centered around the study of the relationship between humans and technological power. Emilio is currently working toward a PhD in Film and Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice at Harvard University. 

Inertia DeWitt - AMERICA

Inertia DeWitt - AMERICA

Inertia DeWitt is a performance artist based in Sacramento. She holds a BA in Theater Arts from CSU, Sacramento and an MFA in Dance from Arizona State. She believes that the process of creating art is both a political and spiritual endeavor that enlivens the maker and is integral to her wellbeing.

 

 

Jova Lynne - BLACK, FOLLOWERS

Jova Lynne - BLACK, FOLLOWERS

Jova is a transdiciplinary artist originally from Brooklyn, NY. Jova's work explores identity through installation and video, in ways that aim to implicate viewers and interrogate the traditions of the white cube. Jova is interested in notions of imprinted memory and emotion between Black people. More specifically she investigates the impact of colonialism, cultural assimilation and exchange in how we come to understand power.

Marcellus Armstrong - BLACK

Marcellus Armstrong - BLACK

Marcellus is a multidisciplinary artist working between video, sculpture, and installation based work. His projects weave together viral images, mass media, and sousveillance, examining constructions of identity through popular culture.

 


 

Miss Rosen - WATER

Miss Rosen - WATER

Miss Rosen is a New York‐based writer whose essays have appeared in L’Uomo Vogue, Whitewall, The Undefeated, and Dazed Digital, as well as for books by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Arlene Gottfried, among others.

 

 

Nik Kleverov - WATER

Nik Kleverov - WATER

Nik Kleverov is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His background in editing fostered his ability to tell great stories in a short format. His cinematography skills gave him the opportunity to DP many main title sequences, including Netflix's "Narcos" and "Bloodline."

 


 

Rindon Johnson - CONSENT

Rindon Johnson - CONSENT

My name is Rindon Johnson, I am a sculptor and poet. I am interested in lived space, memory and trauma; I really like the internet. I am a MFA candidate for sculpture at Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts. I am the author of two chapbooks, "Nobody Sleeps Better Than White People" from Inpatient Press and the forthcoming "Meet in the Corner", a VR chappy from Publishing House.

Sarah Huny Young - AMERICA

Sarah Huny Young - AMERICA

 

sarah huny young is a creative director, interdisciplinary artist, photographer, and 18-year veteran of the tech industry. Her grant-winning project, AMERICAN WOMAN, is a multimedia portrait and documentary series about Black American women. To become a patron of AW, visit patreon.com/americanwoman.
 

Tisho Ward - CRISES OF FAITH

Tisho Ward - CRISES OF FAITH

Who am I? Tisho Shani Ward. What am I? Writer, Educator, Mother, Wife and a whole host of other things in between. I was born a poet to a brilliant family of poets, educators and artists extraordinaire.

 

 

Alex Trujillo - CONSENT

Alex Trujillo - CONSENT

Alex Trujillo is a  Sacramento based artist specializing in motion graphics, photo/video, fine art, and experimental music production.

 

Anna Garner - CRISES OF FAITH

Anna Garner - CRISES OF FAITH

Anna Garner is an artist whose practice includes, video, performance, and sculpture. Her multi‐genre work create focused disruptions of control that rework perceptions of managed and contained risk. 
 

 

Citron | Lunardi - MIGRATION

Citron | Lunardi - MIGRATION

Citron | Lunardi are Selene Citron and Luca Lunardi. Selene Citron is a performer and a sculptor. She graduated and specialized in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Luca Lunardi holds a degree in literature from the University of Padova, specializing in the history and criticism of film.
 

Garrett Cotham - AMERICA

Garrett Cotham - AMERICA

I specialize in landscape, travel, and documentary photography.  Based in Sacramento, CA, I have wonderful access to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world. Being an avid hiker I love to explore these areas, documenting the changing landscapes of each season.

 

Jackie J. Stone - REPRODUCTION

Jackie J. Stone - REPRODUCTION

Jackie Stone is an award winning director/writer and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of The Arts. Stone has a penchant for visual story telling, delivering poetic and precise work. She was a Project Involve Directing Fellow 2012-2013 and now serves as CEO and Chief Content Creator of Enchant TV, a digital network.

 

Kylie Jackson - REPRODUCTION

Kylie Jackson - REPRODUCTION

Kylie Jackson has been creating and showing her contemporary abstract pieces in Sacramento for four years. Kylie Jackson's contemporary abstract ink and paper work is an experiment in process and application using unorthodox materials to produce black and white minimalist pieces.

 

 

Marco Williams - UNDOCUMENTED

Marco Williams - UNDOCUMENTED

 

Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary and nominated fiction film director. His directing credits include Freedom Summer(2006), I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (2004), MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream (2003), and many more.


 

Monet Nicole - REPRODUCTION

Monet Nicole - REPRODUCTION

Monet Nicole offers Birth Photography for families in the metro Denver area. She creates impactful birth photos and birth films for the families she works with.

 



 

Paz Brarda - REPRODUCTION

Paz Brarda - REPRODUCTION

My name is Paz Brarda and I was born in 1981 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more than 10 years I am a visual artist, I work mainly with the technique of collage, my raw material is paper. I started my artistic training through photography and then I started the graphic design career at the University of Buenos Aires where I graduated in 2010. I have participated in different national and international exhibitions.

Robert Jew - MIGRATION

Robert Jew - MIGRATION

I was born and raised in New York City. After spending too much time on the mean streets of The City, my parents moved the family to Oakland, Ca., then to Dublin, Ca. and finally back to Oakland again. I attended Oakland High School, then to the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and then the Art Institute of San Francisco.


 

Sideline Collective / Joseph Ernst - FOLLOWERS

Sideline Collective / Joseph Ernst - FOLLOWERS

Joseph is an Anglo-Portuguese Creative Director. He originally trained as an architect, graduating from The Bartlett in London, and moved into advertising, working at agencies like 4Creative, 72+Sunny, BBH, Grey, and Wieden+Kennedy. Sideline Projects is a small collective of creative people with extensive experience in the commercial arts.

 

Trina Fernandez - REPRODUCTION

Trina Fernandez - REPRODUCTION

I graduated from California State University Sacramento with a degree in Photography. My work reflects growing up a second generation girl in front of the television screen. As a way to cope with loneliness, I created a world surrounded by the walls I built, and I now spend my post graduate years trying to capture the false memories and the stories that drag underneath.

Adam Jones - CRISES OF FAITH

Adam Jones - CRISES OF FAITH

Adam Jones is a Roseville based filmmaker whose debut film Teaser chronicles the drug addiction that lead to finding his passion.

 

Bodies Awakened - REPRODUCTION

Bodies Awakened - REPRODUCTION

Bodies Awakened is a group of women’s rights activists fighting for abortion rights in Ireland, where it is illegal to have an abortion under the much disputed Eighth Amendment. BODIES AWAKENED uses the power of graphic poetry, guerrilla tactics, video and sound to make socially conscious art.

Dean Haackenson and Be Brave Bold Robot - CAMP and REPRODUCTION  photo by Phil Kampel

Dean Haackenson and Be Brave Bold Robot - CAMP and REPRODUCTION
 photo by Phil Kampel

Be Brave Bold Robot has been performing in and around Northern California since 2008.  They've played all the places, made all the friends, and won a few awards.  These are songs about love and grandmothers and justice and life-affirming attitudes.

 

Garrett Daniells - WATER  photo: Aly Montez

Garrett Daniells - WATER
 photo: Aly Montez

Garrett Daniells is an American artist, activist, and organizer from Stockton, California. Daniells primarily works in film photography and sculpture, but continues to explore different mediums of creative expression.


 

Janna Ireland - BLACK

Janna Ireland - BLACK

Janna Ireland was born in Philadelphia in 1985. She holds an MFA in Photography from UCLA and a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU. Ireland is the 2013 recipient of the Snider Prize, presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago.

 

 

Lindsey Day (CRWN) - BLACK

Lindsey Day (CRWN) - BLACK

Lindsey Day is the president, co-founder, and editor-in-chief of CRWN MagazineCRWN Magazine is a natural hair and lifestyle magazine that celebrates women of color. 

 

 


 

Mehran Mesbah - MIGRATION

Mehran Mesbah - MIGRATION

Mehran received his MA in Studio Art from Sacramento State in 2012. He has previously lived and studied art in Calgary, Canada in 2002 and Paris, France in 2005. Mehran exhibits regularly, both regionally and internationally. In 2015, the Kunstwerk‐Carlshüette invited Mehran to participate in the International NordArt Exhibition held in Büdelsdorf, Germany.
 

Natalie McKeever - WATER

Natalie McKeever - WATER

I received my MFA in Digital Arts and New Media, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and BFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. My work has been exhibited at venues including the Jersey City Museum, Women in Magmart in Naples, Italy, the Athens Video Art Festival in Greece, and most recently at ArtStreet Sacramento.

Phil America - CAMP, UNDOCUMENTED, & AMERICA

Phil America - CAMP, UNDOCUMENTED, & AMERICA

Phil America is a Sacramento‐raised artist and activist. Before leaving and returning to his hometown he has worked and lived throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, concentrating on individual moments of freedom while looking at relationships with class, gender and race. In his work he uses performance, photography, writing, video, installation and sculptures.

Sam Beck - FOLLOWERS

Sam Beck - FOLLOWERS

Sam Beck is an artist, entrepreneur, and fake scientist. He studied art and math at Columbia University, and lives in Portland, OR.

 

 

 

 

Sophie Spinelle - REPRODUCTION

Sophie Spinelle - REPRODUCTION

Sophie Spinelle is a queer high femme photographer specializing in conceptual portraits that help transform her subjects' sense of self. She is founder of Shameless Photography, a feminist, body‐positive portraiture studio, and her work has been featured in/on Buzzfeed, New York Times, and SFMoma, among many others.

 

Tyler Matthew Oyer - CAMP

Tyler Matthew Oyer - CAMP

Called an "interdisciplinary gospel immortalist" by Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Tyler Matthew Oyer is an artist, writer, organizer, and educator based in Los Angeles.. Oyer is represented by Cirrus Gallery and his work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY). He is currently working on his first movie, Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide.

Winter Count/Cannupa Hanska Luger - WATER

Winter Count/Cannupa Hanska Luger - WATER

Winter Count is a union of artists cultivating awareness, respect, honor and protection for land and water, for all the living things that have lived here, and for all the living things to come. 

Alice Mizrachi - WATER

Alice Mizrachi - WATER

Alice Mizrachi is a New York based interdisciplinary artist, educator and curator working in the mediums of painting, murals and installation.

 

Charlee Rae - REPRODUCTION

Charlee Rae - REPRODUCTION

I am a Sacramento native that has grown up in the Sac film scene. Having participated projects since I was 8 years old, film has increasingly become more and more a part of my life than I ever could have imagined. I'm a Sac State film student and am an instructional aide in an elementary school.

Elmira Mohebali - CRISES OF FAITH

Elmira Mohebali - CRISES OF FAITH

Elmira Mohebali was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. She immigrated to California in her early 20s. She holds a BA in video art from UCLA and an MFA in video and Performance Art from UCSD. Her research based art practice focuses on ancient Mesopotamian history and contemporary identity issues as well as feminist and orientalist criticism.

Gerry Simpson "GOS" - AMERICA

Gerry Simpson "GOS" - AMERICA

GOS" has recently opened GOS" Art Gallery Studio located "UPTOWN" In The Design District of Sacramento. As a photographer, his work appear was presented by Sacramento News & Review for their Fashion Edition and cover and has graced several CD covers for area musical artist. 
 

Jeremy Dennis - AMERICA

Jeremy Dennis - AMERICA

I am a Fine Art Photographer with a specific interest in Narrative based portraiture. I am from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, New York.

 

 

 

Lola Jiblazee - CAMP, BLACK, AMERICA

Lola Jiblazee - CAMP, BLACK, AMERICA

Lola Jiblazee is an international artist based in New York City. Growing up in Tbilisi, Georgia during the collapse of the Soviet Union had a significant impact on the development of Lola's character, personality and ultimately her art. Drawing from her experiences with extreme poverty and a tumultuous environment during her formative years, she has been able to transform her struggles and convey a sense of depth and bravery in her pieces.
 

Michelle Angela Ortiz - UNDOCUMENTED

Michelle Angela Ortiz - UNDOCUMENTED

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist/ skilled muralist/ community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. rtiz is a recent Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow, a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist National Fellow, and a Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Resident Artist. 

 

Nelton Pellenz - MIGRATION

Nelton Pellenz - MIGRATION

I graduated in Administration and my beginning in the field of the arts happened in 2005, with the video, when I began to attend courses in this area. I have participated in video festivals in Brazil and in the world ever since.

 


 

Ricky Weaver - AMERICA

Ricky Weaver - AMERICA

Ricky Williams is a Michigan based Artist working out of the Metro-Detroit area. As a mother of three she began to connect more intimately
with the mothers that raised her. Ricky became interested in the shared narratives that exist within her community of black mothers. She is now working with similar themes at
Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI).
 

Sara Vida - CONSENT

Sara Vida - CONSENT

Sara Vida is a vehement feminist; advocating for ownership of her body. Reproductive rights are human rights. A deeply rooted Detroit native; she moved to Atlanta, hoping to make some noise in the most saturated conservative region of the United States.


 

Straight Out Scribes - BLACK, CRISES OF FAITH, WATER

Straight Out Scribes - BLACK, CRISES OF FAITH, WATER

Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu are a unique mother and daughter poetry team known as “Straight Out Scribes.” They are widely published, have received many honors and awards and have self-published seven books of poetry and two CD compilations.

 


 

Viviana Troya - REPRODUCTION

Viviana Troya - REPRODUCTION

Viviana Troya was born in Bogota, Colombia. She is graduated from the art program at University of Los Andes (Bogota, 2015), and from the Multimedia Creation postgraduate specialization (2017). She is currently a candidate for the MA Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art (London, 2019).


 

Yeshahyah Yisrael (King) - MIGRATION

Yeshahyah Yisrael (King) - MIGRATION

An 18 year old poet, emcee, and activist raised in Sacramento, King combines golden era and modern Hip Hop sounds with traditional Indian rhythms to tell his story of a South Sacramento youth working to create change in his community. King is currently working on his first full length album and working as an educator in the Sacramento community.