Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) Caribbean Crossroads Series (CCS) is an artist-in-residence program that provides young and emerging artists of color opportunities for creative and professional development through mentorship, exhibitions, workshops, and arts administration.
Gerard Caliste was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1994, he became involved with Young Aspirations/Young Artists (YA/YA), through which Caliste produced art for a long list of private collectors, and for companies, organizations and celebrities, including MTV, Swatch Watch, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Oprah Winfrey. In 1994, Caliste was one of 700 artists commissioned by the United Nations to design seat covers for the General Assembly Room in honor of the United Nations’ 50th anniversary in 1995. Caliste attended the Savannah College of Art and Design on a portfolio scholarship and Presidential scholarship. His series, Waterlines- more than two dozen paintings, poems and sculptures - was previewed at Le Mieux Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana. His Magicity series exhibited at the Lois Lambert Gallery in Santa Monica, California in April 2009. Most recently, in 2016 Caliste was hosted at The Deering Estates in Miami, FL as artist in residence.
Nadine Natalie Hall is originally from Bull Bay, a small coastal community in East Rural, St Andrew Jamaica. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, majoring in Textiles and Fibre Arts at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Her earliest influences into the world of textiles were spawned from her childhood, where she would watch her mother – a dress maker – transform yards of ordinary fabrics into beautiful garments. Her interest in textile design was further influenced by her experiences in the art department at Excelsior High School in Jamaica, where she was exposed to silkscreen printing and leather craft. She received distinction in CXC art and was awarded Most Outstanding Art Student at her high school graduation.
A passionate fibre artist and avid designer of patterns and prints, she hopes her works will inspire people, locally and internationally, and cause them to ponder on the roles and significance of the intangible, and how their values evolve when presented as tangible within the context of forms, figures, fibres and fabrics. The underlying aesthetic responses in her artworks are imbued and nuanced with issues relating to memory, identity, traditions, continuation and legacies - which she believes are factors which invariably influence the human spirit and experience.