Grace Cross (b. Harare, Zimbabwe 1988) holds a BAHons in English Literature from the University of Cape Town, and a BFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she was co-awarded the Judy Steiner Painting Prize (2010). Cross is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary feminist artist collective Open Drawer Projectsbased in South Africa, and a founder of the greenhouse artist project Uptool run from Chicago. She has participated in many group shows both in South Africa and Chicago, and has works in the collections of the Spier Arts Trust and the University of Cape Town among others. She has been awarded grants from the National Arts Council of South Africa and from University of Illinois's Office of Sustainability. She is currently studying her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago.