Stacy Plumley was born and raised in Wisconsin with a short stint to the west coast to prove just how important her friends and family are and solidify her love of a good adventure. Stacy graduated from Alverno College in 2009 and began a career as a nurse in the emergency department.
LaNia Sproles is an artist whose mostly figurative work reflects her research on the philosophies of self perception, queer and feminist theories, and inherent racial dogmas. Through painting, drawing and printmaking LaNia creates imagery that is free from the barriers of social constructs. She is a 2019 Nohl Fellow and co-organizer of a monthly art auction to benefit criminalized survivor, Chrsytul Kizer.
Margaret Muza is an artist who primarily works in wet plate photography. During Wisconsin’s “Stay at Home” orders Margaret began a project to take outdoor photographs of Milwaukee residents. Over that time she photographed over 200 individuals and families while they quarantined at home. In 2017 she was the Pfister Hotel artist and residence and currently serves on the board of the “Home of the Brave” artist residency located in Cisco, UT.
Chloe Stingley a.k.a Mekah is a multi-media folk artist, performer, mother and full spectrum doula who is also an incorporating member of a housing co-op/community space in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. Mekah identifies as an afro-indigenous queer being who strives for alignment within to live a life the ancestors are proud of.
Miela Fetaw is an Eritrean-American journalist, filmmaker and social strategist. Her work has appeared in The Intercept, The Washington Post, ESSENCE, Huffington Post, among other places. Miela makes it her business to tell stories of disenfranchised communities. She believes that storytelling, social justice, and accountability are all deeply connected.
Brittany Ochoa- Nordstrum is a student, researcher, and activist. Her current work focuses on medical racism and maternal mortality in African American women in Milwaukee. She was elected to serve on the board of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and has organized marches, demonstrations, and fundraisers to benefit marginalized communities in the city. After time away, Brittany, a Milwaukee native, decided to move back to this community she cares about and felt she could have a bigger impact on
Tina Schinabeck is a registrar and archivist working with The Chipstone Foundation and Wisconsin Historical Society. Tina is the co-founder and gallery manager of The Alice Wilds, a contemporary art gallery in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood.
Natasha Woods is a filmmaker based in Milwaukee, WI. Her work navigates the tension between the desire for human tenderness and the hopeful expectations of a better world. She explores themes that build upon landscapes, personal/familial ephemera, and found footage. Woods considers larger ideas concerned with nostalgia, trauma, and memory. Her films have screened at various moving image festivals including Milwaukee Film, Athens International Film Festival, and Milwaukee Underground Film Festival. Natasha is a recipient of the 17th annual Nohl Fellowship in the emerging artist category.
Nina Palacio has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has worked in the fine jewelry field for 10 years. Nina joined Cival Collective in 2019 working on semi-precious designs for their line and now uses her expertise in CAD (computer aided design) software to create custom bridal and engagement jewelry.
Helen Groom Poser is an artist and designer based in Wisconsin, creating one of a kind hand marbled and sewn pieces under the name NIFFICH. Helen is self taught in marbling and sewing and has been pushed along through the years with help from family and friends.
Ariana Vaeth is a Baltimore raised artist based in Milwaukee. Ariana creates intricately staged self portraits, constructing records of intimate moments between close friends. Ariana was a 2017 Mary L. Nohl Fellow and recipient of the inaugural Fellowship.art grant.
Cat Soteira (Ries) is the front person and synth player of the former band NO/NO, performer for Rio Turbo, writer and producer for their solo project Pleasure Thief, and front person for a new experimental band Credentials. While pursuing a new path in full-spectrum and end of life doula care, Cat's current and ongoing practice is in divination and healing work, grounded in queer, ancestral, & radical traditions.
Desi considers herself a social entrepreneur. She is a mover, maker, and musician, organically finding her way in practice that involves yoga, dance, and the dreamy experimental R&B music she makes. Desi has a background in environmental and social justice and attended UWM and FIT in NYC for textile production.
Ashley Smith opened “Alive and Fine” in 2016. The shop sells vintage clothing and housewares and periodically serves as an unconventional exhibition space, showcasing the work of local artists in shows that Ashley organizes. Ashley is the front-person of the rock band Whips, the co-founder of Girls Rock camp Milwaukee and the annual craft fair Hover craft.
Michael Gerlach is a musician, carpenter and collector. As a singer/songwriter known as 'King Courteen' Michael creates music with a choral and classic American folk influence. Most recently he's been designing and sewing one of a kind garments from repurposed antique and vintage textiles.
Ella Dwyer is a painter, devoted beach comber, mobile maker, and vintage seller. She runs Thief Island Vintage from her home in Milwaukee. She finds the wildest, most beautiful pieces and has the best style.
Dahyembi Neal is a photographer born and raised in North Chicago. She is currently based in Milwaukee where she studies advertising and public Relations. Dahyembi is a mostly self-taught artist. The portraits she creates are captivating to look at, striking and atmospheric.
In February 2020 Kelsey Kaufmann purchased Cactus Club, an artist-run venue and community space that she’d worked at since 2011. Kelsey is a queer musician, candle maker and advocate for inclusivity and all-ages access in music. In response to her efforts, the city of Milwaukee changed their licensing requirements last year to empower spaces to host all ages shows and events.