Grace Hoag is an emerging artist creating large-scale acrylic on canvas paintings that explore themes of illness, coping, and healing through color. They received their BA in December 2019 from the University of Northern Colorado in Art and Design with studies in Painting, Business Administration, and Arts Entrepreneurship. Grace is one of three recipients of Art Gym’s Create Award Residency this year. They exhibited work during 2020 at the Emmanuel Art Gallery at the University of Colorado Denver, as a guest artist at Madison and Main Gallery in Greeley Colorado, and at the Stone House Art Gallery in Charlotte North Carolina. Additionally, they have curated two art exhibitions at the Mariani Gallery at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley: Catharsis In Color, and Homosexual Menace. Reproductions of Grace’s work have been published as cover images of The Crucible literary magazine for five consecutive editions. They are one of the American Association of University Women Aurora Chapter’s 2018 scholarship recipients, as well as the Bernice E. Magnie Visual Arts Scholarship from the University of Northern Colorado. Grace is currently living in Fort Collins and working as a Painter for Callahan Ceramics while balancing a studio painting practice fostered by Art Gym Denver.