This conversation is a recording of theĀ virtual event held on Oct. 14, 2020Ā and is available as part of WAM On Demand via theĀ Weismanā€™s YouTube channel.Ā 

Hear from artists, designers and community organizers about making a career in the creative economy, the advice they would give to their younger selves, and how to network in the time of COVID.

Panelists include visual artistĀ LISSA KARPEH, designer and illustratorĀ HELEN SHEWOLFE TSENG,Ā and writer and publisher,Ā DARA BEEVAS.

This virtual event, via Zoom, is FREE but registration is required to attend. Register at:Ā Z.UMN.EDU/CWCREGISTER

 

About the Panelists

Headshot of Lissa Karpeh

MARLISSA KARPEH, also known as Lissa Karpeh, is a Liberian American painter currently living and working in Minnesota. Her life-size paintings are informed by her first-generation immigrant identity and background in mental health work. Karpeh explores the self, other, and context in her figural, richly colored oil and acrylic paintings. Her recent work examines the concept of ā€œdouble consciousnessā€ (developed by W. E. B. Du Bois) as it relates to western oppressive perceptions of Black identity. She received her BFA from Saint Cloud StateĀ  and is currently an artist in the Studio 400 cohort. Descriptions of her expressive painting style have recently been featured in Vanity Fair magazine.

 

Headshot of Helen Shewolfe Tsenge with cat

HELEN SHEWOLFE TSENGĀ (she/they/wolf) is an inter/multidisciplinary artist, designer, and witch drawn to odd-shaped projects and practices. Their work is concerned with ritual, hauntings, personal histories and ancestries, cosmology, and animals as proxies and portals to investigating human experience. She is the former co-host of Astral Projection Radio Hour (2014-2020), co-author and illustrator ofĀ The Astrological GrimoireĀ (2019). Helen was born to Taiwanese immigrants under a full moon in the Deep South, and is currently quarantined in San Francisco, California.

 

Headshot of Dara Beevas

DARA BEEVASĀ is a writer and publisher based in Minneapolis. She has published more than 500 books and worked with more than 400 authors in her career. As the co-founder and CEO ofĀ Wise Ink Creative Publishing, she leads a team of editors, designers, and artists committed to changing the world through offering platforms to marginalized voices and purpose-oriented authors. Dara was a 2009 Givens Foundation for African American Literature Emerging Writers Fellow and a 2017-2019 Bush Fellow. Sheā€™s authored three books about book publishing and is currently crafting a childrenā€™s picture books series profiling black queens through history. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Dara currently lives in Minneapolis with her daughter Genesis, and her husband Tomme, who is the owner of local restaurant Pimento Jamaican Kitchen.

 

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