Gwylene Gallimard is a 1st generation French Immigrant and co-leader in the Charleston, SC “conNECKtedTOO” project, that was awarded a 2017 ArtPlace grant. Her artworks develop from her experiences and collaborations. Within the JEMAGWGA collective they include two French cafes; art installations about health insurance industry, fast food phenomenon, homelessness, gentrification and the Last Frontier. In the South she has partnered with Refugee Family Services, created Azule Residency, worked with Artists, Educators, Youth, Senior Citizen groups and received support from Alternate ROOTS, the NEA, SC Arts Commission, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Spoleto Festival USA, We Shall Overcome and Puffin Foundations. She holds a MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and the National School of Decorative Arts, Paris, France.