Photo by Natalia Seth
Ameya Marie is a 19-year-old artist from Portland, OR who deconstructs social injustice and biased behavior through art. As a social practice artist, she has worked extensively as an artist and organizer with Black Lives Matter Portland, connecting with families impacted by racialized violence and creating memorial portraits for protests, social media campaigns, and candlelight vigils. Ameya hopes to make art more accessible to all by bringing art to communities that would otherwise not have access and amplifying their stories to inspire more understanding, empathy and progress.
Ameya is currently on a service year at Tufts University (BA/BFA). She has taught middle school math with AmeriCorps in New York City public schools, working to close the graduation gap in communities where less than 50% graduate high school and is now working with arts organizations in the city helping to curate initiatives around themes of Immigration. She plans to continue deepening her focus and training in art and justice work through concentrations in Sociology and Visual Art with a focus on the criminal justice system.
Her protest art and work in youth advocacy and education has taken her to the White House for a confrontational visit as a 2018 US Presidential Scholar in Art, as well as to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, and Chicago for awards, shows, and conferences. Her work has been profiled by Paper Magazine, NPR, the Washington Post, and Adobe Project 1324 and featured in publications like Hyperallergic, Whitewall Magazine and Bloomberg QuickTake. She was recently honored by the National YoungArts Foundation as a 2018 Finalist in Visual Art and announced a Top 6 Rising Art Star by the NY Post. Ameya is a 2019 Adobe Creativity Scholar.