Femme Salée works with writers, artists, art historians, activists, curators, educators, & other outstanding people whose value cannot be expressed in list form. We are extraordinarily grateful to them.

Kameron Ackerman

Kameron is a non-binary person living in upstate New York with his spouse Cal & their two cats. He is a janitor at an elementary school as well as a writer, DJ, drag king, & collage artist.

Lilly Barrientos

First-generation Cuban-American Lisbet “Lilly” Barrientos is an Art Historian & story-teller. In 2018, she received a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University & will obtain an M.A. from the University of Denver in 2020. An intersectional feminist, Barrientos draws from visual culture to amplify the stories of historically silenced communities.

Mary Grace Bernard

Mary Grace (MG) is the Founder & Director of Femme Salée. She is an artist & scholar living with cystic fibrosis, a chronic illness that informs her daily art & writing practice. In an effort to combine art theory & art practice, Mary Grace analyzes contemporary performance artists through performances of her own. In an attempt to break down binaries, she makes the invisibility of chronic illness visible & advocates the importance of bringing the (dis)abled community to the forefront of art historical & theoretical conversations.

Madeleine Boyson

Madeleine Claire Boyson is an artist, independent curator, writer, & lecturer located in Denver, Colorado. Her photography centers on the process of natural decay as seen in Bad Health’s “Quadriptych: Meditations on the Earth Cycle of Death,” 2020, which catalogues the decomposition of Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger) in a family garden. In her scholarship, Madeleine focuses on modern American art from the early to mid-20th century, particularly changes in creative styles & the effects of location on artistic success. Her personal experiences with (dis)ability & chronic illness inform her artistic, scholarly, & writerly practices, all of which explore the visual elements of (dis)ability studies, issues of care & dependency, & the wholeness of the Body. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History & History from the University of Denver.

Jeffery Byrd

Jeffery Byrd is a performance artist who has worn weird outfits all over the world.

Sam Carlson

Sam Carlson (they/them) grew up in Atlanta & moved to Denver from Nashville, TN in 2017. They are a visual artist, curator, & digitization archivist finishing their graduate degree in library & information science at the University of Denver.

Jenna Clark

Jenna Clark, mezzo-soprano graduated from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver with a dual concentration Masters degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, studying voice with Sara Bardill and conducting with Dr. Catherine Sailer. She received her undergraduate degree from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana where she studied voice with Dr. Patricia Robertson and served as assistant director of the choir under Dr. JoAnn Rediger. Ms. Clark has been seen as the Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (2011), Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (2016), Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (2017), Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (2018), and Suzuki in a futuristic adaptation of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2019).

Dannielle Cunningham

Danielle is a mentally ill person living in Denver, CO. Influenced by mysticism, science fiction, & fantasy imagery, she creates art that re-contextualizes science fiction tropes while subverting mainstream ideas of gender, sexuality, & (dis)ability. She often pursues collaborations because her practice lies in DIY/punk & Marxist feminist methodologies. As a member of Hexus Collective, Danielle has curated exhibitions, performed, & created installations using Magick to de-stigmatize mental illness. Since 2018, she has studied Art History & Museum Studies at the University of Denver, where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the Vicki Myhren Gallery.

Michelle Dawn

Michelle Dawn resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She mostly works with alternative photography processes & drawing. She is an advocate for chronic illness & primarily bases her artwork & zines around discrimination in healthcare, invisible illnesses, & her life with chronic pain.

Michael Espinoza

Michael Espinoza (they/them) is an emerging artist working in performance, video, fiber, installation & ritual. The major themes in their work include ancestors, queer identity, Latinx heritage, healing, sex & the body. Their work revolves around the concept & practice of altar-making as a performative act, exploring the relationship between living & dead, between grief & joy, & between mourning & celebration. 

Margeaux Feldman

Margeaux Feldman is a writer, educator, & community-builder from Toronto now living in Treaty 7 Territory in Calgary, AB. She identifies as a femme witch, trauma bb, & sick babe living with fibromyalgia. Margeaux is currently completing her PhD in English Literature & Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of numerous self-published zines including Soft Magic & Poor Girl Trauma. 

Todd Edward Herman

Todd Edward Herman is a visual artist & founding director of east window exhibition space in Boulder Colorado. His films and photographs deal with themes of the body & transience, representational taboos & spectatorship, difference & the historic consequences of othering. His work has generated collaborations with artists on books, films, performances & exhibitions around the world. Herman is an ally of the disability justice movement & long time collaborator with Sins Invalid, a performance project that incubates, celebrates & centralizes artists with disabilities, artists of color, queer & gender-variant artists.

Matthew Hilyard

Matthew Hilyard is an artist, curator, & educator. He creates drawings, paintings, mixed media two- & three-dimensional works, & photographs. His primary interest is abstraction, though his work also draws on contemporary & historic art of all kinds. In his photographs, he also explores gay identity & culture. Based in Andover, Kansas, his work has been included in numerous national & international juried exhibitions. In 2015, New American Paintings selected his paintings for their West Coast issue number 120. Matthew has curated a number of exhibitions & he teaches at Mark Arts in Wichita, Kansas.

Karissa Johnson

Karissa Johnson is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver working towards an MA in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration. She obtained her BA in Art History with minors in English & Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln & graduated with Distinction in 2017. For over three years, Johnson worked at Kiechel Fine Art in Lincoln, Nebraska as the Gallery Associate of Curatorial & Acquisitions. She currently works as a Graduate Museum Assistant at The Madden Museum of Art & a Collections Assistant at the Hampden Art Study Center in Denver.

Joseph Lamar

In this universe, Joseph Lamar {he, him, his but also she/they} comes in many forms. A being that creates across numerous mediums, he is a singer, songwriter, producer, writer—a creator of narratives & paradox. Joseph’s work unites the cerebral & the visceral, the secular & the spiritual, the micro & the macro. It emerges from the void—an evolving mystery of complex thoughts & theses. Joseph recently released SIN. [act I], the first in a series of genre-defying concept albums.

Carly Mandel

Carly Mandel’s practice considers how objects & people are medicalized within late capitalism. Her sculptures focus on how survival is represented through commodities; by re-representing these objects, she illustrates how we are all unable to thrive independent of their consumption.

Suchitra Mattai

Suchitra Mattai received an MFA in painting & drawing & an MA in South Asian art, both from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in Sharjah, UAE, Bentonville, AR, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, London, & Wales & has appeared in various publications such as Hyperallergic, Document Journal, Cultured Magazine, Harpar’s Bazaar Arabia, Entropy Magazine, The Daily Serving, & New American Paintings. Suchitra recently completed a residency at RedLine Contemporary Art, & lives & works in Denver, CO.

Danielle McCullough

Danielle McCullough is an occupational therapist, disability advocate, & artist in Los Angeles, CA.

Daisy Patton

Born in Los Angeles, CA & currently residing in western Massachusetts, Patton has a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History & Art History & an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. Patton received the Montague Travel Grant for research in Dresden, Germany, & she was also awarded a position as an exchange student at the University of Hertfordshire, UK while an undergraduate. Patton has completed artist residencies at Minerva Projects, Anderson Ranch, the Studios at MASS MoCA, RedLine Denver, & Eastside International in Los Angeles. She has exhibited in solo & group shows nationally, including her first museum solo at the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado. K Contemporary represents Patton in Denver, CO, & J. Rinehart Gallery represents her in Seattle, WA.

Eileen Roscina Richardson

Eileen Roscina Richardson is an artist, experimental filmmaker & naturalist from Denver, Colorado. She earned a BFA from Emerson College in Boston, MA & trained at the School of Botanical Art & Illustration in Denver. Through biomimicry & the study of biophilia, her work examines human’s spiritual & social (dis)connection with nature, & seeks to raise questions about realizing a radically different metaphoric mapping of time, space & human’s place in the world. She has exhibited film internationally, was the 2019 Resident Artist for the National Western Stock Show, & is a current resident at RedLine Contemporary Art Center. She is represented by Walker Fine Art Gallery in Denver, CO.

Maggie Sava

Maggie Sava is based in Denver, Colorado, where she was born & raised. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History & English, Creative Writing from the University of Denver & a master’s in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Writing is her main artistic engagement, which she pursues through research, art writing, & poetry.

Ashten Scheller

Ashten Scheller (she/her) is an art historian, writer, & researcher currently located in Kansas City, Kansas. Her scholarship focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of art & its intersection with (inter)national politics, canon creation, accessibility, display, restitution, mythology, & otherness. In 2019 she completed her bachelor’s degree in Art History & International Relations from the University of Denver, & in 2020 she completed her master’s degree in the History of Art, Theory, & Display at the University of Edinburgh.

Natalie Sharp

Natalie Sharp (she/her) is a Black queer writer, dancer, & educator hailing from Savannah, GA & based in Denver, CO. She completed her MFA in poetry at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her poetry & nonfiction have previously appeared in Foglifter Journal, BOAAT Journal, Bodega Magazine, & elsewhere. If you propose to her in a Waffle House, she will probably say yes.

Michael Sperandeo

Michael Sperandeo uses new media as a platform that allows his work to escape the confines of the real & venture into the surreal. Current technologies, such as: augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D scanning & 3D rendering tools, facilitate his love for creating interactive & other worldly experiences. His work is narrative focussed & draws reference from mythology, numerology, & symbolism.

Taryn Trussell

Taryn Trussell is a Denver based artist currently pursuing a B.S. in Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Parallel to her studies, working at the Center for Visual Art gallery has sparked her interest in Digital Art. Engaging in art & design allows her to approach both fields with a lens from the other. The fluidity of animation makes connections between forms & the themes they carry. Taryn utilizes this fluidity to better define complex themes in her work.

Mesel Tzegai

Mesel is a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing an MA in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration. She graduated with a BA from Creighton University in 2017, majoring in Classical and Near Eastern Civilizations & minoring in Anthropology, Art History, & Latin. She expects to graduate in Winter Quarter 2021 with a Master’s Research Paper topic on Afrofuturism. A former Madden Fellow at the University of Denver, Mesel hopes to enter the museum field in curating after graduating.

Vanessa Viruet

Vanessa Viruet is a fiber artist of Puerto Rican descent. She creates monumental scale artworks to examine the complex histories rooted in textiles such as identity, cultural heritage, gender, & class. Viruet currently serves as an art instructor for Chicago Public Schools & teaches in the Fiber & Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Someday she hopes to have her own college scholarship for artists of color.

Genevieve Waller

Genevieve Waller is an artist, writer, historian, & curator. She creates photograms (cameraless photographs), sculpture, drawings, & videos that deal with excess, substitution, transparency, & the status of everyday objects. She researches & writes about the aesthetic of camp, the history of gay culture, film, modern & contemporary art, & popular music. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, she received an undergraduate degree in Art History at Wichita State University, an M.F.A. in Photography & Art History at Ohio University, & an M.A. in visual & cultural studies at the University of Rochester. She spent a year in Berlin, Germany as a Fulbright grantee & for many years has been a college radio DJ. Currently, she resides in Denver, Colorado where she is a member of Secret Love Collective & the Founder of the art journal DARIA: Denver Art Review, Inquiry, & Analysis.