Tariqa Waters manages a multi-faceted practice as a visual artist, alternative gallerist, curator and educator. Waters, born in Richmond, Virginia, has made an indelible mark on the city’s arts community and the Pioneer Square neighborhood. In 2013 Waters opened, Martyr Sauce: A “renegade” gallery and platform for generating press and attention for emerging and underrepresented artists.

Waters’ own artwork has been garnering support and critical acclaim in the region and abroad. In 2016, her popular solo exhibition, 100% Kanekalon: The Untold Story of the Marginalized Matriarch, exhibited at the Northwest African American Museum. In Spring 2017 she was featured in issues of French Rolling Stone and Madame Figaro magazines and that summer Martyr Sauce became a Cultural Partner to the Seattle Art Fair where Waters was a featured speaker. She created cover art for The Stranger three times and was herself featured on the cover of City Arts Magazine and Seattle Times. Waters has been included in group exhibitions at Vermillion, Out of Sight, Seattle Public Utilities Cultural Perspective, The Frye Art Museum, Pivot Art + Culture, and Bellevue Art Museum. In 2016, she and co-curator, Jonathan Moore, created, Re:definition at The Paramount Theatre to establish an ongoing showcase for the work of marginalized Seattle artists. Also that year, Waters was nominated for the prestigious James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award and she was awarded the Conductive Garboil Grant. In 2018, she received the Artist Trust Fellowship Award.