Myriah S. Downs is a returning member of the Momentum committee excited to serve this year as co-chair! She is an attorney, contemporary painter, and graphic designer based in Oklahoma. Her vibrant paintings are an exploration of femininity using bold colors, contrasting textures, & oversized scale. Her work is an intimate examination of race, gender, and fragility through her perspective as a Black woman. Myriah is passionate about representation and accessibility in the arts. Her work seeks to encourage acceptance by inspiring viewers to introspectively assess their own experiences because only when we fully accept ourselves, we can truly accept one another. Myriah’s work has been featured in various exhibitions throughout the United States and displayed in private collections. Myriah has served as lead designer for political campaigns and an in-house designer for non-profit organizations, universities, and lobbying firms before forming Oklahoma City-based graphic design studio, D+H Design. Myriah currently works as a civil litigation attorney at DEWITT PARUOLO & MEEK, P.L.L.C. where she has represented several artists in contract negotiations and employment-based matters. Myriah received her Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.