Samantha Bates’ repeated marks form and un-form nature before the viewer’s extended attention; building an unfolding experience into perception, memory and seeing. She grew up surrounded by the wilderness of Washington state. The land permeates her work in form, concept, representation, and practice. Bates earned a 2D Master of Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and drawing at the University of Washington. Her work has been shown locally in group shows at Arnheim Gallery, Student Life Gallery, Doran Gallery, as well as Bakalar and Paine Galleries. She has appeared in solo shows at STAR Center and Parnassus Cafe and Gallery in Washington state. Recently, her work was featured in The Boston Globe in Cate McQuaid’s article “Expect to See More in the Future Form These Up-and-Coming Artists.” She currently lives and works in Tacoma, Washington.
Dave J Bermingham resides in Jamaica Plain, MA and recently earned an MDes; Fashion, Body & Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, mentored by artist Nick Cave. Previously, he received a BFA in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art. Bermingham approaches art-making from a "homo-historic" perspective, negotiating queer identity within larger historic and ancestral narratives and creating bodies of work ranging from found-material sculpture- to performance- to garment and fashion design.
Bermingham was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and considers his youth steeped in the complex of modern narratives of New England to be the foundation for his continued interest in identity politics. He is a co-founder of the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance and the former Industrial Stitchers Guild. His work has been shown in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Saint Louis. Bermingham has held a diverse array of positions at several cultural institutions including SAIC, MassArt, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MassMOCA, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Fashion Design at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. As drag performer Aquanette Prudence Jones, Bermingham has fallen off many stages in venues ranging from dive bars to repertory theaters.
Galen Bradley is a painter and printmaker from Miami, FL. Galen was born on Cape Cod, MA in 1988 and raised alternately between there and Miami. He received his MFA from Boston University in 2017 and a BA from Davidson College in 2010. Galen spent the intervening years as a coffee professional.