The Aviary

Our Artist-in-Residence program, The Aviary, offers artists in all media the opportunity to create a limited edition screenprint at our studio. Through these short-term residencies we offer artists full access to our printmaking facilities, collaborating with them to help translate their ideas into print.

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Elizabeth Salaam

Resident Artist, Summer 2020

Elizabeth Salaam is a San Diego-based writer and artist whose practice involves assemblage, 3D collage, and performance. The strong narrative elements in Elizabeth’s work are largely drawn from her own life and explore broader themes of cultural isolation, identity, erasure, vulnerability, and mental health. In her current “Boxes” series, Elizabeth uses photos, common household objects, and text to tell stories and create intimate emotional experiences inside wooden and cardboard boxes.


Visit our shop to purchase Elizabeth's benefit print, Crying is Okay Here.
All proceeds go to Sista Afya, Harlem Children's Zone and World Beat Cultural Center in San Diego.



Ian Parsons

Remote Resident, Summer 2020

Hello! My name is Ian Parsons. The excitement that i hold for my art reaching people for a charitable cause is flooding. Comic books exist as an important medium of communication in my life. I hope that when reading my comics people feel as though i am talking to them directly. I will continue to use comics as a way to communicate with myself and the world and i hope to make this a mutually beneficial experience for myself and all viewers.


Visit our shop to purchase Ian's benefit print, I hate my cellphone. All proceeds go to 826NYC, the NYC chapter of a network of nonprofit writing centers dedicated to amplifying the words of young writers.

We are thrilled to be working with Ian part of our new Remote Residency program, launched post COVID-19.



Daisy Martinez

Resident Artist, Summer 2020

Daisy Martinez is a San Diego-based artist and the creator of Hey Mr.Daisy. Daisy's work is influenced by Japan, happiness, dreams, and her Mexican-American heritage. All items are printed, crafted, designed, and shipped with love from her apartment in San Diego.

Daisy grew up in Calexico, California where she studied Visual Arts before transferring to the University of San Diego where she currently attends. Her favorite color is yellow and loves her mother's home cooked carne con chilé.

 Instagram: @heymrdaisy



Nicole White

Resident Artist, October 2019

Nicole White is an Oakland-based artist, curator and historian. White uses historical and contemporary photographic processes to examine the medium’s varied functionality.

Recent exhibitions include: Medium, MWSPE, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (2018), Developed Work, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS (2018) and Redux, (solo exhibition), DVC Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA (2017). In 2018, White was interviewed by Jess Dugan for Strange Fire Collective and spoke at the MWSPE conference about a new body of work entitled Museum Pictures.

Nicole holds and MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.



Vabianna Santos

Resident Artist, July 2019

Vabianna Santos’ interdisciplinary work is populated by sudden transformations, interwoven gender, mischievously updated metaphysical themes and encounters pushed out to the unthinkable. (He)r work indulges in willful contradiction, combining storytelling and performance with physical illusions. The collision of fields of color, musical instruments, architectural references, alien terrains and text invent a world of permeability between body and object.  S(he) is interested in demonstrating how we live in our bodies is a vital source of knowledge.

She holds an BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA from University of California San Diego and is currently a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UCLA.



Gwynne Johnson

Resident Artist, May 2019

Gwynne Johnson creates slow-made belongings in her garden studio in Petaluma, CA. Focusing on one-of a kind and small-batch objects, each Guinevere belonging is marked with a unique serial number and carries the character inherent in handmade objects. She draws inspiration from the Sonoma coastal landscape and the changing seasons. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from The University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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