This summer I opened up my gallery and hosted a week long youth art camp. My students and I had a blast! We created a mural panel together as our collaborative piece together. We brainstormed ideas, sketched, laid out our mural and worked on it throughout the week between our individual projects. Next- I had the students work on their… Read more →
The U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico sponsored this bi-national art exhibition at the Museo de Arte de Nogales. Building Bridges Across Nations is such an important concept, especially here in the borderlands. My art piece selected for the exhibit is called “Nuestra Raices” and it reflects the importance of my Mexican ancestral roots in order to continually thrive and nurture my life as a Chicana artist and U.S. Citizen.
This exhibit was so much more to me that just a showing of my art. Building Bridges across our two nations is also something very personal to me. My father, a Mexican citizen immigrated to the U.S as a teen, but lost his citizenship when I was 9 years old. That being said, he has NEVER seen any of my artworks or attended any of my art openings, being unable to come back to the U.S. This show at the MUAC in Nogales gave me the opportunity to invite my father from Baja California, Mexico to come and see my art and experience my life as an artist.
An unbelievable art opening, to meet so many talented Mexican & U.S. artists and see their thought provoking art of reflected of the Borderlands. But best of all, to invite my father into my world of art for the first time in 30 years.
Thank you Mr. Consulate & Museum of Contemporary Art Nogales!
The Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center at the University of Arizona invited me to paint with their students over 2 days during César Chávez week.
The students and I discussed, the farmers movement and how best to honor all the leaders in the past helped create and nurture the movement. The students shared how important the Guerrero Center has been to each of them, providing them inclusion, and cultural support. The students and I had a wonderful time collectively creating the two mural panels and it also gave them a much needed break from finals.
The Environment Education Exchange commissioned me to create the artwork for the 2016 Tucson Water’s Activity Book for Water Smart Kids! This was a really fun project for me to give life to characters that youth could relate to and learn from. I especially enjoyed illustrating Tucson Water’s Mascot, Pete the Beak! The activity book is all about water reliability… Read more →
The Institute of the Environment invited me to speak to their students about art and the environment. My art residencies at Biosphere 2 and Globall in Uruguay catapulted my passion of environmental issues in our community. These experiences and my continued networking with the University of Arizona has allowed me to use my art in the community to discuss and… Read more →
Self Help Graphics & Art selected my limited edition Serigraph AZ Highway to be part of the exhibit WELCOME! on socially engaged art collectives and organizations at California State University at Los Angeles, Fine Art Gallery April 11-29, 2016 In the diverse metropolis of Los Angeles, there are artists working together, to make things in places where the gallery system… Read more →
The YWCA Tucson invited me to show my artwork in their Galeria December 11, 2015-March 23, 2016. I was honored and excited to create the art to fill their walls with artwork themed around Musica de la Vida (The Music of Life). I commend all the wonderful work that the YWCA is doing throughout the Tucson community. Visit their website… Read more →
So, it’s the first week of May 2015 and I have been invited to paint with the community on May 10th at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The theme of the show is Street art inside. The “Streets Inside” is a show honoring street muralist of Phoenix and the museum gave them free rein to create murals from top… Read more →
Safos Dance Theatre hired me as the co-lead visual artist on their 2-year Color the Mural project based in the city of South Tucson. We created a mural with the community that depicted the 30 year history of the House of Neighborly Service community center and of the culture of South Tucson. We visited local schools and community centers to… Read more →
The Pima County Public Library’s Nuestra Raices librarians asked me to moderate their youth author panel at this March 15, 2015 Tucson Festival of Books. I was excited to hear that the panel this year was called “The Distored Mirror” with female, Latina authors: Claudia Guadalupe Martinez and Isabel Quintero. My favorite part about moderating.. is reading as many books… Read more →