Project Antelope is a curated online marketplace of fine arts, fashion, books, music, and home goods that connects Indigenous artists to the global art economy. Consumers seeking Indigenous art encounter an environment that undoes the appropriation of Indigenous works and ideas, while Project Antelope artists grow their business supported by experienced Indigenous business leaders who believe that the power to define Indigenous art must rest with Indigenous artists.
At Project Antelope, customers seeking Indigenous art find an environment that undoes the appropriation of Indigenous works and ideas, while Project Antelope artists grow their businesses supported by experienced Indigenous business leaders. As we evolve and grow this exciting new platform, we will leverage the latest in technology to improve the buying and selling experience.
It’s time for a radical shift in the Indigenous art world; our art is a billion-dollar business. For too long, the merits of our creativity have been determined by non-Natives, and our traditional artforms are routinely appropriated and cheapened. Project Antelope aims to shatter these outmoded constructs by providing Indigenous artists around the world a sophisticated online platform on which to sell their work and build generational wealth, and where customers can trust that the art comes from the source.
Tailinh Agoyo (Co-founder/COO/CMO) has worked in public relations, marketing, and design for more than 20 years. She served as head of design for Monitor Group's West Coast offices and as director of public relations, marketing, and programming for SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market. She co-founded Indigenous Fine Art Market in 2014, and in 2016 produced EAST, an Indigenous art show in Connecticut, in partnership with the Pequot Museum and Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance.
Since 2016, Tailinh has served as director of We Are the Seeds of CultureTrust, a Philadelphia-based non-profit committed to amplifying Indigenous voices through the arts. The Seeds Santa Fe celebration of Indigenous arts and cultures, begun in 2017, has grown to include more than 143 individual programs to date. Through this work, Tailinh has developed an expansive view on how to support and lift Indigenous artists and communities.
Colleen Farwell (Co-founder/CEO/CFO) is founder and CEO of Black Canyon Distribution, a company that provides services to and is licensed by Indigenous communities throughout the West and Midwest. Through Black Canyon, she has connected Indigenous manufacturers with Indigenous retailers, helping small businesses grow and thrive in markets typically designed to snuff-out Indigenous expansion.
Colleen is the author of I Will Carry You, a children’s book about the unbreakable bond between mother and child, that features illustrations that interpret the works of six Indigenous artists. Colleen’s poetry was featured in the 2020 virtual artist series Gathering Seeds, produced by We Are the Seeds of CultureTrust. She belongs to the Crow people and descends from Gros Ventre. The mother of six splits her time between her home on Mohawk lands near Akwesasne and her company warehouse in Arizona.
Avery Amaya (Co-founder/CSO) grew up on a small farm and ranch in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. He was exposed to traditional and contemporary art created by Indigenous artists in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and by Ute and Diné artists from the Four Corners region.
Avery is Chicano and of Comanche and Seminole descent. He’s lived in England, Chicago, and Dallas, and now resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife and two children. Avery is the Vice President of Growth & Strategy for retail at Genzeon Corp., a global delivery provider who powers digital transformation with some of the top retail brands in the world. His extensive experience in digital commerce includes serving as a Chief Revenue Officer at Workarea Commerce, Vice President of Sales for VTEX North America, and Regional Vice President of retail growth at OSF Digital.
Avery volunteers with several Philadelphia-area community groups, including the Drexel EMBA Alumni Board. He coaches wrestling and assists with Rose Tree Optimist Lacrosse Club and the non-profit Warhorse Lacrosse Club. He holds a B.A. in international affairs from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.