Emerging Artists

2017 EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST / KEYA

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Keya, 18

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Dance, Music, Theater

Keya is an 18 year old performing artist from Brooklyn. She dreams of being on Broadway: singing, acting and dancing, a triple threat. In the Art Start program, she looks forward to becoming a piano playing pro, meeting like minded people and developing a strong relationship with her mentor. Keya believes that for an artist, confidence and passion are key along with ensuring that whatever you’re doing is contributing to your own happiness.

2017 EMERGING SINGER & MUSICIAN / MIGOS

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Migos, 18

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Music

Migos is a 17 year old singer and musician from Brooklyn. In Art Start’s Emerging Artist program, Migos is pursuing professional vocal lessons as well as guitar/ukulele instruction with his mentor. In the program, Migos has felt more motivated to write his own songs. Migos considers himself “the heart of Art Start” because “I always bring my energy and contagious laughter and I feel like once I start the party I keep it going.”  Migos hopes that when he leaves Art Start his creative presence will be remembered and he hopes that the program will open more creative doors for him.

2017, EMERGING VISUAL ARTIST NICO

Photo taken by Mauricio Quintero

Photo taken by Mauricio Quintero

 
Nico's painting titled  Building a Better New York     Description:   The illustration portrays the Empire State Building to represent "Building", a protractor to representthe letter "A", a whisk inside of a red velvet cake batter to represent "Better", and the Statue Of Liberty to represent "New York", even though the presence of the Empire State Building should already indicate that fact. Individuals should read this portrait from left to right in order to gain the insight of Building a Better New York. In addition, there's a street sign to represent which direction people can choose: the possibility of a good route, a bad route or perhaps a better route where the road splits up into two. Mr. Isaac is trying to demonstrate to the public of making a choice in which people can be impacted negatively or positively.

Nico's painting titled Building a Better New York

Description: The illustration portrays the Empire State Building to represent "Building", a protractor to representthe letter "A", a whisk inside of a red velvet cake batter to represent "Better", and the Statue Of Liberty to represent "New York", even though the presence of the Empire State Building should already indicate that fact. Individuals should read this portrait from left to right in order to gain the insight of Building a Better New York. In addition, there's a street sign to represent which direction people can choose: the possibility of a good route, a bad route or perhaps a better route where the road splits up into two. Mr. Isaac is trying to demonstrate to the public of making a choice in which people can be impacted negatively or positively.

Nico, 19 

From: Brooklyn, NY 

Focus: Painting and Mixed Media 

Nico is a 19 year old visual artist from Brooklyn. He studied art all his life in various programs. Throughout middle school he attended abstract and perspective drawing courses at Pratt Institute as well as a weekly visual arts course through Rush Kids at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. He is currently part of the mural program with Groundswell. Nico is passionate about all forms of art. In the program he plans to explore new mediums.  

 
Nico with his paintings at the Emerging Artists showcase. 

Nico with his paintings at the Emerging Artists showcase. 

2017 EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST / GARIYANA

Photo taken by Canon

Photo taken by Canon

Gariyana, 19

From: Brooklyn

Focus: Acting, Music

Gariyana is a 19 year old performing artist from Brooklyn. She enjoys writing songs, singing and dancing. She prides herself in her ability to comfortably speak to and perform for large audiences. She credits this to her theater background. With Art Start she plans to continue developing her voice when it comes to both singing and songwriting whilst pursuing acting/improv classes. Aaliyah is her biggest inspiration because of the way she was able to inspire and touch so many people at such a young age.

 

2017 EMERGING M.C. VOCALIST & POET / CHRIS

Chris, 20

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Rapper / Poet

Chris is a 20 year old rapper and spoken word artist from the Bronx. She is most inspired by Kendrick Lamar. At Art Start she is taking songwriting classes. She plans to begin recording the songs she creates and is eager to dabble in fine art and graphic design. 

2016, EMERGING SINGER / REBEKKA

Rebekka Lewis, 21

Focus: Vocal Performance

Rebekka is an aspiring Singer/Songwriter who has been singing for as long as she can remember

With musical influences like Bruno Mars and Jhene Aiko, Rebekkah longs to make soulful music with meaningful messages.  She wants her music to be uplifting and inspire people to make it out of difficult times because that what music has been for her.  Life has deterred her a couple of times, but she is determined to pursue her passion for singing, and dedicating her time to learning how to enhance her technical skills in voice and performance.  

Rebbeka is hopeful that the program will provide her the structure to develop a more disciplined and solid work ethic.  


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2016, EMERGING ARTIST / SYDNEY

 

Sydney, 20 

Focus: Visual Arts

Sydney is  20 year old “artists artist.” She has been drawing, singing, dancing, acting and writing ever since she was child.  She realized in high school that art was her calling and explored the in’s and out of visual arts.

Sydney now draws all day and night. As a resident in EAR, she hopes to be exposed to it all; drawing, still life drawing, freelance painting, sculpting and even digital photography.  She believes that they would all help to expand her knowledge of more than one art form. It would give her extra skills to better enhance her own works originality.  

Sydney wants to share with the world, through her art work, all the pain, love, hate, stress, happiness, funny, dark, confused, beautiful and amazing times in her life. She wants to allow the world see her, through the canvas and accept it all, just as she has. One day, she would like to see her art work being hung in amazing exhibits, talked about, analyzed with such wonder and interest.

She expects the EAR program to help her network, provide her with opportunities to  give me work with upscale art companies and individuals, and help her grow personally to improve her talent.


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2016, EMERGING FILMMAKER / MELISSA

Melissa, Age 16

From: Bronx

Focus: Filmmaking

Melissa is a 16 year old aspiring filmmaker.  She first became interested in filmmaking after watching a special effects documentary of a horror film.  Her fascination with the filmmaking discipline has only grown since.  

Melissa hopes to be a make of all types of films and work both behind the camera and in the editing room as a videographer and director.  She hopes to create films that both entertain audiences and make political statements. Being someone with the desire to facilitate political awareness,  if Melissa were to have an opportunity to make a film now, it would be a film giving people insight into the real lives of politicians, mainly the President.  She also has interests in comedy and drama.

Melissa believes that perseverance, consistency and networking are the three most important factors that contribute to any artists success.  She expects the EAR residency to position her to lay a solid foundation for her career in filmmaking.


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2015, EMERGING VISUAL ARTIST / RAY

Ray, 18

From: Manhattan

Focus: Visual Arts

Ray Guzman-Flete Jr.  is a self-taught visual artist and writer, born and raised in New York City. Although Ray has never had any formal training as an artist, he adapted his style of art through drawing early in life and eventually began writing as a teenager. Thus far Ray has designed a sweatshirt that is being sold at a local vintage clothing store in Lower Manhattan.

Ray is currently working and learning as one of Art Start’s Emerging Artists-in-Residence.  As a resident of EAR Ray hopes to gain a professional advantage in the art world through networking.  He also hopes to grow as an artist through collaborating with his fellow EAR members and by studying other artist with his mentor.


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2015, EMERGING DANCER / PRINCESS

Princess, Age 17

From: The Bronx

Focus: Dance

“Being an Art Start Emerging Artist gave me confidence. Now, I know what I want to do and how I want to do it.”

Princess Reese, also known as “Shorty Q”, is a 17-year old emerging “Lite Feet” dancer who always knew she loved to dance.  Born in Queens but raised in the Bronx, Princess had people dancing around her constantly; her father was an avid break-dancer and into popping, her sister was a choreographer, and her older brother was into a growing dance form called Lite Feet. Because of her unfamiliarity with Lite Feet, Princess gravitated toward it and decided to learn more.

Princess started dancing about two years ago under the training of a Lite Fee dance named Bbq. It is then that she earned her stage name, Shorty Q.  She danced with Bbq until deciding to venture off to learn and incorporate other elements of street dance to her style. She was then introduced to a genre call “bone breaking”. Since then, she has blendedboth dance styles to develop her own, very unique style presentation.  In her short dance career, Shorty Q has been a member of several dance crews including the Juice Crew and the 2 Live Crew.  She has also performed in a number of public venues and dance battles. Some of which have been filmed and put on Youtube for public viewing.  She is currently a Lady-CEO of the Lock in City organization.

As an Emerging Artist-In-Residence, Shorty Q hopes to receive technical and formal training in dance genre such as ballet and modern dance.  She hopes the introducing of these formal techniques will help improve her form, creativity, and endurance.  Keep up with Princess and her EAR experience by reading her blog: HERE


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2015, EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER, KELVIN

Kelvin, Age 17

Washington Heights, Manhattan

Focus: Photography

Kelvin Hady is an aspiring photographer hailing from Washington Heights Manhattan.  Kelvin’s first encounter with photography was with his family’s photo albums. His work has been in featured in multiple group exhibits, starting from high school and internships such as the Future Image Makers with New York University & Expanding the Walls residency program, made possible by The Studio Museum in Harlem. Kelvin is currently an Emerging Artist-in-Residence with Art Start.

As an emerging artist, Kelvin plans to adjust his eye as an artist on multiple levels. These levels include creating amazing photos by becoming tech savvy and learning how to use editing programs.  He also intends on seeking motivation and feeding off the energy of the aspiring artist around him. He believes everybody, whether artist or not, has things that are worth being taught. With the growing urge to create and discover, Kelvin will continue looking for more mediums to master and incorporate to his own photography. Keep up with Kelvin and his EAR experience by reading his blog HERE


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2014, EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER / GLENN

                   Photo: Natalie Brasington

                   Photo: Natalie Brasington

Glenn, Age 21

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Photography

Glenn De La Cruz is a 21-year old emerging photographer from the Bronx. She has been using her unique point of view to capture people and moments on film for the past several years. As a resident of Art Start’s EAR program, Glenn has focused much of her work on photographing series that not only display beauty in its rarest and most natural form, but also to explore ways in which photography can be used to address issues of social justice.

Through her work in the program, Glenn currently interns for the Con Artist Collective, where she is responsible for acting as the primary photographer for all Con Artist events, uploading, editing, and labeling event photo’s, and managing the collective photographer database to ensure organization of photo’s.

When not behind the camera, Glenn is busy being a daughter,  friend, and dreamer.

Follow Glenn HERE