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Wall of Respect: About the Artists

Nicole Emanuel, Artistic Director

Painter, sculpture and arts organizer Nicole Emanuel is An NEA and ArtsKC grants recipient who created murals in San Francisco’s Mission District with Patricia Rodriquez and has works in numerous corporate and private collections in New York, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.  In 2008, she created “Sorry for the Miscommunication-Museum of the Streets”, a tri-state series of events featuring a collaborative mural, street and gallery artists and exhibitions. Nicole is well known in Kansas City as the Founder and Executive Director of the InterUrban ArtHouse, offering classes, exhibitions, studio space, networking, and community engagement.

Baldemar Rivas

Baldemar Rivas is an illustrator born and raised in Visalia California. His style varies from project to project but what they all have in common is dynamic energy. He is an avid daydreamer Baldemar carries a sketchbook wherever he goes, ready for the next adventure.

Jayashree George

Jayashree George is an artist, art therapist and a marriage and family therapist. She has a passion for multicultural issues and is currently painting elephants to agitate against the poaching of elephants in Africa and Asia. If people can kill animals, then they can kill civilization.

Orlando Begay

Orlando Begay is a member of the Navajo Nation, born in Monument Valley UT. He was raised in a family of basket weavers, which inspired him to become an artist. He learned the art of graphic design from Ryan Red Corn of Buffalo Nickel Creative. Orlando also designs and creates custom shoes and started OB Ones customs. Creating YouTube videos is a current interest, as he hopes to create positive videos that inspire people. His personal interests are dancing in powwows, travelling, helping young men learn healthy masculinity, and learning how our socioeconomic systems affect human behavior.

JT Daniels

JT Daniels is a KC native who began painting murals in 2013, where he was given his first chance to lead a small group of youth through their first community based mural project. Due to the success of his first mural, in 2014, he assumed the role of Quality Assessor for a local mural arts program while simultaneously working as a youth mentor in Jackson County. While combining art, mentorship & engagement, JT's work has made room for him to share his artistic voice. His work depicts overlapping faces, words and characters that are a visual reference of all the people he's talked to and shared spaces with over time. Some of these spaces include ARTSKC, LIVE KC, Urbana KC, Art in the Loop & The KC Streetcar. 

Robyn Nichols

A Kansas City Art Institute graduate, Robyn Nichols is a self-taught metalsmith whose jewelry and tableware are sold and collected across the United States, Canada, Australia, England, South America and the Caribbean and are part of permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution-Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum of Virginia Beach, Hebrew Union College and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. In 1990, Robyn was selected as one of the "Top 100 Designers" by Metropolitan magazine and her work has been featured in ELLE Decor, Home, BRIDE'S Magazine, New York Women's Magazine, Bon Appetite and many among others.

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