Miqueala Hernandez was born in Houston, Texas in 1996. She is currently a junior at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, a minor in Culture and Politics, and a concentration in Photography. Miqueala has received multiple scholarships since her time at MICA including, Creative Vision Award, MICA Recognition Award, and Competitive Art Scholarship recipient for two years. While living in Baltimore, Miqueala has been volunteering within the community. Starting her first year, collaborating with the William S. Baer School creating a mural/installation that created a simulating atmosphere for the children with disabilities that attend school there. This led her to becoming part of Baltimore Collegetown Leadershape program class six, where she became inspired to work with Next One Up. This is a non-profit organization that helps prepare high school athletes for college and begin thinking about a career path. During this time she also lived in a special interest group dorm, Community Related Experiences in Art Though Engagement (CREATE), where they organized a night of monologues with Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. While at MICA, Miqueala has taken advantage of the resources and programs available. In the summer of 2016 she spent five weeks in South Africa on a summer intensive meeting artists and learning about another culture and history first hand, she received the Winifred M. Gordon ’28 International Program Award which help fund her tuition to go. Currently she is in Florence, Italy spending a semester studying art history, marble carving, and body archives at Studio Art College International (SACI), she also received a SACI Competitive Scholarship. While at SACI she will be exhibiting her works with two shows at the galleries at the college and one at the Anthropology Museum in Florence.