Mariah received her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in History of Art and Visual Culture, completing a thesis on architecture and cultural expression in New Caledonia. After growing up in Placerville, living in the Bay Area and traveling throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia, she is interested in exploring the ideas of identity and cross cultural influence expressed through visual culture.
Lydia Rogers received her BA in Art History from neighboring Sacramento State with a concentration in modern and contemporary art. Her undergraduate research mostly centered on the role and experience of the female artist, specifically in the mid-20th century. Other interests include feminist theory, late modern and contemporary nonwestern art, especially but not exclusively as a means of political activism, the use of craft as a transgenerational medium, and dress as a tool of identity.
Iman Seale was born in central Florida where she developed an interest in the arts at an early age. After relocating to California in 2013, she studied studio art at Mission College before transferring to UC Davis to pursue a BA in Art History. Now a graduate student, Iman’s academic focus is the unique visual culture of the Swahili coast and how it was impacted by its interactions with the Islamic world. During her time at Davis, Iman has explored different areas of work in the arts through internships at the Pence Gallery and Manetti Shrem Museum.
After receiving his B.A in Communications from UC San Diego, Zheng became a journalist in bay area. He started off covering crime beat and slowly directed his focus onto issues and events related to art, which had always been his passion. He has been questioning politicians and the society as a whole for five years as a reporter. Then there was a day when he stopped and pondered: Is it as important if not more to critically think of the answers collected as the will of collecting them?