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New Suns: Listening with Artists is an online publication of commissions, experiences, and stories from artists responding to life and the world around them. Each issue centers the curious-minded ways artists challenge and reconfigure established frameworks through play, conversation, reflection, and speculation. New Suns hopes to encourage learning from and listening with the individuals behind the art.

Editorial Team

Kate Blair

Communications Coordinator
She // Her // Hers

Creative headshot photo of Kate Blair
Photo courtesy of Kate Blair.

[ID: a porcelain cat figurine and burning candle nub are framed in a reflective metal surface.]


Kate is a jotter and daydreamer who enjoys coffee, books, houseplants, and bits and bobs. She lives with her wife, dog, and cat and a growing collection of journals. 

Jessica Ferrer

Program Coordinator
She // Her // Hers

Creative headshot photo of Jessica Ferrer
Photo courtesy of Jessica Ferrer.

[ID: An image of a spider plant resting on a windowsill in a greenish-blue pot. It is made up of three different photographs of the spider plant at different angles, layered one on top of the other to create a ghostly, aura-like effect. The plant’s long, thin leaves are a little scraggly and burnt at the tips, and some are punctured with cat bite marks.]


Jessica is an artist who explores forms of tacit knowledge through weaving, text, video, and sound. She is a former figure skater, current Formula 1 fan, and future fossil.

Lynnette Miranda

Program Director
She // Her // Hers

Creative headshot photo of Lynnette Miranda
Photo courtesy of Lynnette Miranda.

[ID: A collage of a Peruvian passport with a young girl age seven with the word “Passport” in English and Spanish. Overlaid is a photo of a young girl age five in traditional Peruvian dress framed from the neck down, and an image of dried up flowers on a windowsill facing a city street.]


Lynnette Miranda is the Program Director at United States Artists and on the Board of Directors at ACRE Residency. She studies the economy of individual artists and is committed to the well-being of our country’s culture makers.

Nadine Nakanishi

She // Her // Hers

Creative headshot gif of Nadine Nakanishi
GIF courtesy of Nadine Nakanishi.

[ID: Animated loop of a photocopy of a person’s side face, eyes shut, pressed to the copier glass. A gradient from black to ochre and a change in picture resolution move the contours into focus or make them undecipherable.]


Nadine’s favorite medium for making graphic work is screen printing because so many ideas flow through, even if they are flat! She’s currently very interested in the holographic principle, apropos flatness.

United States Artists

United States Artists is a national arts funding organization headquartered in Chicago, IL. We raise money and redistribute resources to the country’s most compelling artists and cultural practitioners. We focus on supporting and centering individual artists through unrestricted awards, professional services, and content development. For more information, visit

United States Artists
200 West Madison Street, Fl 3
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 470-6325

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