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BIO

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski is an artist who uses culturally “classed” materials to create 2-D and performative work that explores how we might be programming our future in relationship to systems of marginalization. She is concerned specifically with the futuristic femme myth as it applies to queer and of color communities.

DeJesus-Moleski has been featured in numerous arts publications including HyperAllergic and the Huffington Post. She has received awards and honors in the areas of visual art including the ArtLA Student Artist of the Year, All College Honors, and is an Alumni of the AICAD New York studio residency program. She has worked with organizations, museums, and galleries such as MOCADA, Betti Ono, The Brown Boi Project, Strong Families, Third Root Health Center, and the Estria Foundation among others. DeJesus-Moleski has exhibited work in New York, LA, New Mexico, and the Bay Area. A recent graduate of the Individualized program at CCA, DeJesus-Moleski aims to practice the integration of multiple art forms as a way to make myth and tell the truth.

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Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski
www.amaryllisdejesusmoleski.com
ammoart@gmail.com

EDUCATION

2014 California College of the Arts, BFA 2014
2006 Institute of American Indian Arts, spring semester 2006
2001 New York Summer School for Visual Arts, (NYSSA) 2000/2001

AWARDS AND HONORS

2014 Creative Achievement Scholarship
Annie Glass Scholarship
President’s Scholarship
Savin, Ruben, and Muriel Foundation Award
2013 Fine Arts NY Studio Fellowship
Creative Achievement Scholarship
Annie Glass Scholarship
President’s Scholarship
Savin, Ruben, and Muriel Foundation Award
2012 Art LA Student Artist of the Year Award, JNA Gallery
Creative Achievement Scholarship
Annie Glass Scholarship
President’s Scholarship
Savin, Ruben, and Muriel Foundation Award
2011 Creative Achievement Scholarship
Annie Glass Scholarship
Savin, Ruben, and Muriel Foundation Award
2010 All College Honors Award
Creative Achievement Scholarship
Savin, Ruben, and Muriel Foundation Award
2006 Amy Beihl Youth Spirit Award, New Mexico Voices for Children

RESIDENCIES

2014 Brown Boi Project, Oakland, CA, Resident Artist
YES, Arts for Social Change Jam, July 2014
2013 AICAD New York Studio Residency Program, January-May 2013
Brown Boi Project, Oakland CA, Resident Artist
2009 Penasco Theater Performance Artist Residency, September-October 2009
2008 Youth for Environmental Sanity, World Jam, June 2008

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & TWO PERSON SHOWS

2015 Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski and Sheena Rose, "VISION QUEST", Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn NY
2014 AMEN: a collaboratieve meditation for survival, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleskii and khoLi, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland CA
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, “Thick Dig” College Ave. Galleries, Oakland CA
NYSRP Fellowship exhibit, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland CA
2012 Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Show&Tell, Oakland CA
2009 Sangria Cipher, Wise Fool Theater, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Sangria Cipher, Penasco Theater, Penasco NM

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & COLLABORATIONS

2014 Rock the Box, 111 Minna St Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Generations: Black LGBT History Experiences, African-American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco, CA
2013 Love or Desire, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland, CA
Open Bar, AICAD New York Studio Residency Program Group Show, Brooklyn, NY
NYSRP showcase, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland CA
JNA Galleries, Santa Monica, CA
We Carry Each Other, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Fwords, College Ave. Galleries, Oakland, CA
2011 SCC, College Ave. Galleries, Oakland, CA
2010 First Year Curated Exhibition, Oliver Center, Oakland, CA
Move The Crowd LLC launch, Helen Mills Event Space, Manhattan NYC

COLLABORATIONS

2014 BRIOXY, visuals and design, Oakland, CA
2013 Brown Boi Project, 40 Years and Still Wading, Oakland, CA
Brown Boi Project, Fathers Day, Oakland, CA
Strong Families, Mama’s and Papa’s day radical campaign, national campaign
Summer We Got Free, book cover, Oakland CA
Sheroes, Center For Young Women’s Development, San Francisco, CA
Fly Girl Fest, Brooklyn NY
Third Root Community Health Center, Brooklyn, NY
Night Out for Safety and Democracy, national campaign
2012 Community Rejuvenation Project, Oakland CA
Rebekah Tarin, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Penasco NM
2011 Fly Girl Fest, Brooklyn NY
Community Rejuvenation Project, Oakland CA
Theater Mural with Rebekah Tarin, Penasco, NM
2010 Fly Girl Fest, Brooklyn NY
Move the Crowd Llc, Brooklyn NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014 New Exhibit Imagines Future from a Queer Perspective, Bay Area Reporter, http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=69993
Elixhr Feature on AMEN: meditations for survival, Elixher Magazine, http://elixher.com/the-art-of-survival-new-oakland-exhibit-amen-affirms-reimagines-existence/
Arts Pick of the Week, East Bay Express, http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/amen/Event?oid=4064435
First Friday Art Murmur Pick, Oaktown Arts, http://oaktownart.com/2014/09/
Artist Feature, Art Beat Conversations, http://www.artbeatconversations.com/calendar/2014/4/10/interview-with-amaryllis-dejesus-moleski
Remembering Every Day, Featured words, http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/remembering-every-day/
Feminist Art Isn’t Just for White Women, Arts.Mic, http://mic.com/articles/87317/feminist-art-isn-t-just-for-white-women
Oaklanders School ‘Real World’ Cast on Transgender Identity, East Bay Express Online
2013 Arrise for Assata: DAY 68 http://ariseforassataproject.tumblr.com/post/55487087576/day-68-the-ink-work-is-by-amaryllis- de-jesus
Picturing Fatherhood, Culture Strike Magazine, http://culturestrike.net/picturing- fatherhood
New York Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mother-day-cards-unconventional-article-1.1331701
Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kortney-ryan-ziegler-phd/trans-masculine-of-center-and-gender-nonconforming-people-are-mothers-too_b_3224366.html
Colorlines, http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/06/families_with_two_fathers_families.html
Radicalicious, http://www.racialicious.com/2013/05/10/racialicious-crush-of-the-week-strong-families-mamas-day-campaign-2013/mother-and-child-by-amaryllis-dejesus-moleski/

2012 Student Wins Artist of the Year Award, Bay Area Reporter
Black Contemporary Art, http://blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com/post/20067240420/amaryllis-dejesus-moleski-for-trayvon-martin-may
Santa Fe Reporter, http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-6752-the-performance-community.html
Honoring Trayvon With Art, Daily Kos, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/29/1085183/-Honoring-Trayvon-with-Art
Media Juice Joint, http://mediajuicejoint.com/2012/04/voice-screaming-911-call-george-zimmermans/

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Co-Founder and Facilitator of the B.R.E.A.T.H. Poetry Program, Youth Diagnostic Development Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico — 2008-2010
Co-created with two other writers and artists, this program was designed specifically for incarcerated youth at the YDDC and Camino Detention Facility in Albuquerque. We created weekly curriculums and tended to any and all administrative, facilities communication, and scheduling details. We taught 6 two hour long sessions for various groups of youth, as well as published a chat-book and organized the first ever poetry performance at YDDC where family and friends were given permission to attend.

Youth Education and Outreach Program Assistant, Santa Fe Art Institute, 2007-2010
Help to coordinate, teach, document, manage, support and assist different arts and creativity programming for youth all over Santa Fe and Albuquerque
Poetry Teacher/Visual Arts Teaching Assistant, Penasco Youth Circus and Arts Camp, summer 2007
Facilitated a poetry workshop for a group of youth ages 5-12 focusing on the issue of water both personally and politically
Assisted in the recording and creating of a CD of all the youth water poems that were written to be played for the final showcase
Assisted in the creation of a collective mural on three water cisterns

Visual Arts Teacher, Santa Fe Community College Youth Summer Program, Summer 2007
Created a week long visual arts class curriculum for a group of youth ages 5-12
Supported the kids to find their authentic creative voice through a wide array of mediums such as acrylics, oil pastels, collage and masonite board

Visual Arts Teacher, Girls Ranch, Summer 2007
Created and lead a week long stencil workshop facilitating discussions on the topic of “heroes” and transforming those ideas into images and words
Created a week long class curriculum for a group of youth ages 5-13 in which we explored the history and creation of murals
Supported the kids in making 2 4 by 16 ft masonite murals expressing what they want to see in their community and world

Visual Arts Teacher, Santa Fe Art Institute, Summer 2007
Created and lead a two week stencil workshop with a group of high school age girls from the girls ranch
Facilitated discussions on the personal meaning of strength and freedom in our lives to be transformed into a series of stencils and bound into journals

Visual Arts Teacher, Walking Tall Circus, Miami, FL 2007
Assisted in the creation of a class curriculum for a visual arts project at North Shore Community Center
Instructed a group of youth ages 8-14 in drawing and painting

Poetry Teacher, Walking Tall Circus, Miami, FL 2007
Created a class curriculum for a poetry project at North Shore Community Center
Instructed a group of youth ages 8-14 in poetry and creative writing
Assisted in creating a compilation CD of youth poetry

Teachers Assistant, Walking Tall Circus, Miami, FL 2007
Supported a group of youth ages 8-14 in stilt walking, acrobatics, and puppet making at Penaver Community Center
Worked with youth to create circus puppets

Teachers Assistant, Walking Tall Circus, Miami, FL 2007
Helped to create a class curriculum for writing and circus arts at the Community Partnership for the Homeless
Lead a group of youth ages 7-16 in writing and journaling
Assisted in teaching acrobatics and juggling

Poetry Teacher, Santa Fe Art Institute 2007
Created a class curriculum with Tribe Phoenix to bring a performance poetry project to the Girls Ranch in Lamey, NM
Lead a group of high school aged girls through a series of creative writing and poetry exercises
Instructed the youth on the spoken word and performance skills

Poetry Teacher, Santa Fe Art Institute 2007
Created a class curriculum with Tribe Phoenix to bring a performance poetry project to Alameda Middle School
Lead two 7th grade classes through a series of creative writing and poetry exercises
Instructed the youth on the spoken word and performance skills
Helped to recruit a group of middle school students to participate in a youth slam team who competed in a statewide slam poetry competition

Poetry Teacher, Wise Fool New Mexico 2006
Created a curriculum for a poetry and creative writing after school program
Instructed youth on the spoken word and performance skills
Prepared youth for a final performance

Teachers Assistant, Wise Fool New Mexico 2006
Assisted in a shadow puppet class at the Wise Fool after school program
Helped to prepare the youth for a final puppet show

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