MIRA GANDY is a visual artist working with themes related to female identity, beauty, race and their intersection in media & culture. Gandy studied at the American University in Paris and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts. She is the recipient of 2012 National Action Network Woman of Excellence Award for her advancement of women and children in the community, the USC Edward Ewing Painting Award (2011), USC Black Alumni Association Outstanding Scholar of the Year award (2011) and has a USC Black Alumni scholarship named in her honor. Gandy’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including: The Fisher Gallery, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City; Advocate & Gochis Galleries, William Grant Still Arts Center, Los Angeles; Dwyer Culture Center, New York and the Knox Gallery, New York. in 2012, her collaborative project Art Takes Seoul an exhibition and one-woman play with Ahrum Claiborne was featured in the Wall Street Journal.In addition, Gandy is a freelance arts writer with over 20 published articles on leading contemporary artists.