Past SALON artists in residence

Kaori Maeyama  

Kaori Maeyama is an urban landscape painter born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. Since arriving in New Orleans alone with one duffel bag in 1994, she has been a focus puller, an audio editor, and a plein air painter. She is a member of Staple Goods art collective in the St. Claude Arts District and an art instructor at Tulane University and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Kaori holds a BA in film production from the University of New Orleans and MFA in painting from Tulane University. 

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
Urban Landscape Oil Painting workshop

Lauren Turner, No Dream Deferred

Founded by artistic producing director Lauren Turner and creative executive director India Mack in 2016, No Dream Deferred is a New Orleans based theatre production company that prioritizes cultural relevance for our community audience as well as theatrical works written by playwrights that have been historically marginalized. 

The organization recognizes the systemic nature of cultural marginalization in the arts and therefore, fights to create and to create as often as they please so that stories are told and dreams are never deferred. No Dream Deferred strives to be an artistic home to theatre-makers of color in New Orleans, a place where our stories are authentically realized and wonderfully experienced. 

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“The Beautiful Ones, New Orleans Theatre: A Living Legacy featuring the visual art of Johnathan Gibson” | Jan. 12, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2019
Opening reception | Jan. 12, 2019
Live reading of POOF! by Lynn Nottage
Staged reading of WOKE: A Dream Play by Amelia Parenteau

Dave Greber 

Dave Greber is an installation artist who offers a mystic reading of contemporary archetypes using video and sculpture. Combining pop conventions with visionary revelations, his abstract parables mischievously undermine spiritualist materialism.

He began exhibiting artwork as a member of New Orleans-based collective, The Front, and since has been featured in Crystal Bridges’ State of the Art, Lorna Mills’ Ways of Something (Dreamlands, Whitney Museum of American Art), C24 Gallery’s Double Crescent, and solo exhibits with the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans. Recently, his artistic identity has expanded to that of a secular pilgrim as a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail, a metaphysical healer in Taos, NM, a brewer of wild-foraged beverages in Norway, and as the AV Manager of the Prospect.4 Triennial. He was commissioned by MTA Arts and Design to create an award-winning, 52-channel video installation which played throughout the Fulton Center Transportation Hub, in Lower Manhattan, from July 2018-March 2019. He has participated in many studio residencies including through the NCCA in St. Petersburg, Russia, Narva Kunstiresidentuur, Estonia, and Salon in a commercial mall in New Orleans.

Currently, he resides in New Orleans and works for the Joan Mitchell Center and Tulane University. He has upcoming shows at SITE Gallery Houston, TX and a collaborative solo show w/ Kanrec Sakul in Košice, Slovakia.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
Opening reception | Feb. 2, 2019

Courtney Egan

Courtney Egan’s projection-based installations weave botanical art with sculpture and technology.  Strongly inspired by the profusion of native and non-native flora in New Orleans, where she has lived and worked in since 1991, her work digitally manipulates the natural world, questioning how our perception of nature is augmented by technology.

She has had solo shows at Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Bradbury Museum of Art, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Colorado State University Art Museum, and University of Louisiana’s Hilliard Museum. Group and two-person shows include “Digital Nature” at the Los Angeles Arboretum, “Between Nature and Technology” at the Sonoma Museum of Art, Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach, FL, Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO, Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, Texas, and The Soap Factory in Minneapolis.

She was an artist-in-residence at the Sante Fe Art Institute and at Louisiana Artworks in New Orleans.  She is a founding member of the New Orleans-based visual arts collective Antenna Gallery. She holds an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Her work has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine,,,, and the New Orleans weekly Gambit, and is in the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation collection, University Medical Center in New Orleans, and in private collections.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“Studies for Virtual Idylls” 
Opening reception | Mar. 15

Keelian & Shawmika Boyd, Young Maasai Hunters 

Big Chief Dump (Keelian Boyd) and Queen Mimi (Shawmika Boyd) are both educators and advocates for the Mardi Gras Indian sewing tradition, history, and culture. The couple, who turned their passion and hobby into an empire, host the beloved NOMGI Sip and Sew classes. Many Mardi Gras Indians are fascinated with beating other Indians of their same position. However,  Chief Dump is fascinated with beating himself. His motto is: “I have to build a suit better than my last suit. I have to beat myself.”  Color scheming, and street dances is far from his main focuses. His forte is the artistic elements, construction, and comfortability of his massive master pieces. He demonstrates his skills by making sure the constructions are solid, straight and balanced and as he notably says “My costume fits me like a tailor made suit from Rubenstein Brothers.”

Big Chief Dump was born and raised in the 7th ward of New Orleans and Queen Mimi was born and raised in the Lafitte Housing Project in New Orleans. Both reared in neighborhoods plagued with drugs and violence. They were determined to not become a product of their environment and gravitated to the culture of masking as Indians as an outlet to showcase their talents and become great citizens of their community.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“Young Maasai Hunters” 
Opening reception
| Dec. 13, 2018
NOMGI Sip & Sew

Ashley Teamer and Marta Maleck, Double Diamond 

Double Diamond is duo collaboration between Marta Rodriguez Maleck and Ashley Teamer. Their shows in New Orleans include IRL/URL and But I Didn’t Mean it Like That, a multimedia installation during Prospect.4 at the Front Gallery and at the SALON gallery + artist studios. The artists received the Platforms Grant and Jazz and Heritage Grant in 2018.

Marta Rodriguez Maleck is an international artist, organizer, and filmmaker based in New Orleans. Marta’s work explores self-care, trauma, womanhood, queerness, generational differences, family, and Hispanic identity. This past year, her work was published in ‘New American Paintings’ and ‘HISS magazine’ both online and in printed form, and most recently shown at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Marta has exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She was a resident at FUTURA, the Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic, the Ace Hotel (New Orleans) the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Popps Packing (Detroit, MI), and at ACRE (Steuben, WI). In 2019, she will begin a residency at Paper Machine in New Orleans and will open her third solo show at Baby Blue Gallery in Chicago.

Ashley Teamer was born in New Orleans. Her multimedia artwork explores the complexities of black femininity through painting, collage, and animation. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Most recently, Teamer showed work at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Los Angeles LGBT Center in California, and Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles.  In March 2019, she opened her second solo show, Talk of the Town, at Larrie in New York, NY.

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Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“I Didn’t Mean it Like That” | 
Opening reception
| Mar. 30, 2019
“I Didn’t Mean it Like That” Call for Interviews

Beverly Alomepe

Bev’s love affair with crafting arose from a fascination with Cameroonian wax textile patterns and drawing with symbols from a young age. Her medium is decorative paper cutting, which doubles as paper doll installations and stencils for 2D drawings and paintings.

Her work explores visibility, invisibility, and often encapsulates the feeling of institutional racism on the panafrican community. Her suspended paper cuts or “paper doll installations” center on themes of visibility, invisibility, and intend to be a reflective commentary on how identity is perceived in the western world.

Pursuant of both a career as a professional artist and a nurse, she seeks to merge her sensitivity to human emotion, the human condition, and human well-being with an independent studio practice exploring these themes. She completed her studies in fine art at Dartmouth College in 2017 and recently graduated from University of Massachusetts Medical School as a Registered Nurse in 2018. She will begin her career as both an artist and travel nurse on January 2019 at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“The Polite & the Savage” | June 7, 2019 – June 24, 2019
Opening reception | June 7, 2019

D. Lammie-Hanson

Lammie-Hanson is an autodidactic African American artist who was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. Her love for creating art started at age 5 with a pencil and paper and stick figures. She attended Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Albany for Psychology.

She has exhibited with the United Nations, Geneva’s Palais des Nations in Switzerland in support of their efforts to address global homelessness as well as having solo shows in NYC, Berlin, Germany, Atlanta GA, and New Orleans, LA. Lammie-Hanson was the artist of the year for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s, BAM DanceAfrica 2007 in Brooklyn, NY and has shown with the NYC Health and Hospitals Art collection with three of her photographs in their permanent collection.

Lammie-Hanson is a co-founder of the non-profit community artists’ organization, South of the Navy Yard Artists, Inc. which is based in Brooklyn, NY. In New Orleans, Lammie-Hanson has shown with the LeMieux Galleries, Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery with the Women’s Caucus of Arts (Louisiana Chapter) ‘Femme Fest’ and with the New Orleans’ African American Museum “Pop-Up show. She has also exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, (2017) Ogden Museum of Southern Art, (2017)GW Carver Museum and the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL., (2018) Le Musee f .p. c. in New Orleans. She is the only female artist of color who creates contemporary portraits in silver in the New Orleans area.


Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“Dared to be…A Silverpoint Soulful Experience” | June 24, 2019 – July 15, 2019
Opening reception | July 5, 2019

Renee Johnson (Afrimodiste)

Renee Johnson is a New Orleans native, a fashion designer, and a fiber artist. Her fashion lines include Afri Modiste and Renee J. New Orleans.

Renee is most known for her semi-formal African inspired designs, as well as her glamorous evening wear. She has presented her fashions at New Orleans Fashion Week, and clients include New Orleans first female mayor LaToya Cantrell. Although she has traveled to more than 10 countries, her biggest design influence is the city she was raised in. She attributes New Orleans for the success she has gained as a designer and artist.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“The Last Modiste: Modiste Par Excellence”Aug. 1, 2019 – Aug. 18th, 2019
Opening reception | Aug. 10, 2019

Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre:

MILAGROS Collective

MILAGROS co-founders Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre, along with their ever-changing cast of collaborators, create site-specific works that explore the history of place through striking arrangements of color and mark.

With an exuberant style that champions the hand made and the intuitive, MILAGROS energizes public spaces with effervescent patterns that obliterate the seams between structures and highlight the unique attributes of the surrounding architecture. Working to reinforce individual strength through collaboration, MILAGROS operates according to the belief that mutual respect and trust allow for a free environment of evolving creation. The spirit of playful spontaneity MILAGROS brings to their work results in community-based projects that radiate human dignity.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“Catch Basin” | Aug. 19th – Sept. 22nd, 2019
Opening reception | Aug. 30th, 2019

Vanessa Centeno, Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Cristina Molina, and Ryn Wilson:

Crystal Efemmes

Comprised of visual artists Vanessa Centeno, Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Cristina Molina, and Ryn Wilson, The Crystal Efemmes alliance formed in 2014 after learning their individual artworks shared themes of intersectional feminism, mysticism, body politics, and concerns with the environment.

Their first project “Visionary Bringhers, Future Tellhers”, was a hybrid between hallucinatory theater, performance art, Greek choral arrangements, and rhythmic spoken word. The performance was based on the figure of the Oracle who were seen as harbingers of truth and delivered matter of fact prophecies that impacted major decisions at the time.

Amazed by a history that accepted women’s voices as law, The Crystal Efemmes were inspired by the new oracles of contemporary society such as “The Silence Breakers.” Since oracles bring prophecies of the future and demystify the present, the artists’ voices, movement, and overall performance served as a platform for citing contemporary concerns.

For their second project, “The Fall”, they are creating an interactive multi-media exhibition which will open in November 2019. “The Fall” reimagines the Garden of Eden as a site of paradise where the “Fall of Man” never occurred. What if Eve, Lilith and God are still enjoying the abundance of the Garden without the evils or perils of our contemporary concerns? “The Fall” centers around this question and uses food, sound, lighting, installation, sculpture, performance, projection, photography, and textiles to create an experiential journey for the viewer. An installation of larger than life flora and fauna, a whispering grotto, and a sensory chamber will re-tell one of the oldest stories in our culture through a feminist lens.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“The Dark Grotto”Sept. 27th – Oct. 18th, 2019
Opening reception | Oct. 4th, 2019

Danielle Hein (Miss Hein)

Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia as the daughter of a strong mother and an active duty Naval helicopter pilot, Danielle grew up as a citizen of the world. She moved to New Orleans from Orlando and fell in love with the grit and grace of the Big Easy. Danielle has work exhibited in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Buffalo. Two of her most recent projects are large scale murals in The City That Care Forgot. They are site-specific and deeply inspired by the community. This summer, she worked hard in her first major artist residency, called SALON through the Arts Council New Orleans.

After completing her first public mural in January of 2019, she shifted from the gallery landscape to work focused entirely on the public space. Her vision is to create murals that are both beautiful and representative of the relationships between people and environment of New Orleans. By 2020, her goal is to paint a wall that will change the New Orleans skyline.

Follow her journey on Instagram via @miss_hein.

Previous SALON gallery + artist studio show and events:
“Salt” | Nov. 1st – 21st, 2019
Closing reception | Nov. 21st, 2019