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Chantal Feitosa is a Brazilian American multi-disciplinary artist from New York City. She is an alumna of HS2AS and received her BFA in Film/Animation/Video from RISD in 2018. Since graduating, she has attended residencies at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Residency Unlimited in New York. Her work uses video, performance, and social practice to explore themes of beauty standards and racial bias, and her films have screened at different festivals in the U.S. including the Harlem International Film Festival and the Every Woman Biennial.
Born in Texas but raised between Europe, Africa and North America, Amanda Adams-Louis is a photographer, art educator and cultural producer. Her creative practice is informed by her experiences learning two foreign languages, living amidst diverse cultures and creating artwork between multiple countries as a “3rd culture kid.” She earned her BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and is an alumna of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She has exhibited her work at Union Theological Seminary, Brooklyn Museum, CCCADI and Aljira. Her images have been published in MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, ARTnews, Huffington Post and Time Out NY. She has received commissions from Alvin Ailey, Pepsi, Levi’s, Budweiser and Urban World Film Festival. She is a teaching artist with Brooklyn Arts Council, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the CUE Art Foundation where she coordinates and facilitates a full year, experiential, visual art program for teens. Amanda is excited to join QCA and co-teach High School 2 Art School.
Sophia Eichholz is an alumni of HS2AS and received her BFA from Alfred School of Art and Design in 2016. Since graduating she has spent her Summers fabricating puppets for Puppet Kitchen in New York, and World of Puppets in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2017, she worked with NASA Ames Research Center modeling digital visualizations of moon rover design proposals. Her studio practice focuses on mixed media animation, illustration, and performance; telling stories about life, love, and fear. Concurrently with teaching at QCA, Sophia educates public audiences about astronomy at the Cradle of Aviation Planetarium in Garden City.
Alex Velozo is a sculptor, organizer, and writer from the South that gets to live and teach art to young people throughout New York City. They received a BFA from Cooper Union and were most recently awarded a residency at Storm King Sculpture Center's Shandaken Project. They have taught with Queens Council for the Arts since 2016 and also teach with Center for Arts Education, Community Word Project, SONYC, LEAP, and Brooklyn Arts Council.