About Our Members
is an Artist and Founding Member of The Art Dept, a collaborative vintage store and workshop space dedicated to sharing stories and uplifting underserved artists. She has a BA in Education and Photography from Eugene Lang College in New York. She holds a Master's degree in photography from UCA in Kent, England. Her work exploring the personal and cultural legacy of slavery and the Black female body has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Emily has worked as photography teacher and museum educator at the International Center of Photography in New York. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia. @carrisbears
is a visual artist, writer, and owner of Colored Vintage, a vintage clothing boutique. She holds a BA in Integrative Arts from with a concentration in fine art and psychology with an emphasis on black culture from Penn State. Her work exploring collective memory and black identity has been exhibited throughout Philadelphia, most recently at Theater Horizon and The Art Dept. Carmel past experience includes work as a mental health care provider for young people as a residential counselor, Non-profit Management at Circle Thrift and the Treasure of Community of Women, a St Louis based advocacy group for women. As of September 8th, 2017 is a Pennsylvania State mandated reporter. @carmesiaa
graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 2004. She is an exhibiting artist and the illustrator behind several critically acclaimed books, including The Graphic Canon: Volume 3, full-length graphic novel Hybrid Bastards! And Bandage: A Diary of Sorts. For the past 3 years, Kate has been the exhibitions manager The Art Dept where she has shown the work of Philadelphia emerging artist including Caitlin McCormack, Kay Healy, Carmel Brown, and Abbie Beachy. Kate lives and works in Philadelphia. @katiecrimespree
is a writer and educator. Her work has been published in Preparing to Teach Social Studies for Social Justice – Becoming a Renegade, by Teacher’s College Press as well as The Fredericksburg Arts and Literature Review. She is also a 2011 Calderwood Writing Fellow. Prior to relocating to Philadelphia, Amelie spent the past ten years teaching history at The Boston Latin School in Boston, MA. She as a BA in education and US History from Eugene Lang College and an ED.M in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education. @amelieroseeb
is an artist, musician, and entrepreneur. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Studio Art. She’s an established manager having spearheaded marketing and programming for Bodhi Coffee. From 2014 to 2017 Ogunleye owned and operated Incarnate Coffee a mobile coffee vendor that championed a local artists and diversity in the coffee industry. @fullbush_band @plantains_and_gin
is a muti-instrumental musician. Duncan is a 15 year veteran of the Philadelphia music scene. He has toured the United States and Europe sharing the stage with bands like St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, and Pattern is Movement. In addition Duncan records and performs under the bands Oh! Pears and Strange Parts.
is a humorous and perceptive artist whose work examines identity through her own questions about race and queerness. She began her studies by learning traditional renaissance drafting and oil painting techniques, building a strong foundation and appreciation for western art. Later Bond studied drawing and anatomy at The Art Students League in New York. She earned her liberal arts degree from Bennington College where she studied theatre, dance, and philosophy. Currently based in Philadelphia, Eva works as a freelance illustrator and copywriter.