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Z Moralez


Milwaukee based artist

Z Moralez is a Milwaukee based writer and sculptor interested in the relationship between the body and archive, object, and personal narrative. Utilizing plaster and performance, they preserve fragmented narratives in sculptural objects to explore the unreliability of memory, multitudes and nuances of self, and the disconnections within recalling our own stories.

"As a person at the intersection of many cultural and societal binaries, I am full of many multitudes that have often left me unsure of exactly who I am, where I belong, and what makes me feel seen. There is a human limbo between wanting to connect to others but needing to heal the disconnect with yourself first, and I have found some of that understanding and agency in self in working with plaster, object, and story telling."

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. B.A., New Studio Practice, 2021


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2022 Var Gallery "30x30x30" Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI

2021 Seen Scene "This Last Year" Screening, Milwaukee, WI
2021 Union Art Gallery “48th Annual Juried Show”, Milwaukee, WI
2021 Between Two Galleries “Meeting Between Pillars”, Milwaukee, WI
2020 Green Gallery “Green Gallery Works”, Milwaukee, WI
2020 Artist at Washington Heights Pop-up Sale, Milwaukee, WI
2020 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, “Junior Stew” Milwaukee, WI
2019 Lynden Sculpture Garden, New Genre Collaboration Performance, Milwaukee, WI
2019 Mobile Design Box, New Genre Collaboration Group Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI
2019 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, “Singularity & Multiplicity: Ritual,” Milwaukee, WI
2018 Var West Gallery, “Metal and Wood”, Milwaukee, WI


2021 Sculpture Lab Monitor, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
2019-2021 Emerging Technologies Center Senior Lab Monitor, Milwaukee Institute of Art and
Design, Milwaukee, WI
2019-2020 Green Gallery Intern, Milwaukee, WI
2020 Teachers Assistant for Connections Class at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design,
Milwaukee, WI


Publications and Media:

“Herstry” Featured Poet, April 2021

"Sponge Zine" Featured Artist, March 2021

"Rejected Zine" Featured Poet, March 2021
“Moody Zine” Featured Artist and Poet, February 2021
“Grain Of Salt Magazine” Featured Artist and Poet, February 2021
“The Green Gallery Group Works” Exhibition Publication and Virtual Exhibit, September 2020
“Cream City Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship Recipients” September 2020
“Junior Project 2020 Catalog.” MIAD FA/NSP, April 2020
“The Biracial Diaspora” Interview with Ana Marie Edwards. October 2019


Honors and Awards:

Nominee for ISC Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, 2021
Nominee for Yale Norfolk Summer Residency, 2020
Dean’s List at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, 2019-2021

Nominee for Bridge Work Var Gallery Residency, 2021


Cream City Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship, 2020-2021
Presidential Annual Scholarship, 2017-2021
Faculty Choice Grant, 2020-2021