Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts/Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship, SAIC, 2012
Art Center At Night Scholarship, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, 2009
Getty Multicultural Internship, Virginia Robinson’s Garden’s and House Museum, Beverly Hills, CA, 2008
Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once) Youth Show, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, 2012
Mapping: Chinatown Centennial Exhibit 2012, Chinese American Museum of Chicago, 2012
All You Can Eat, Tom Robinson Gallery, Chicago, 2012
Undergraduate Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, 2012
Shape. Shift. Substitute., Tom Robinson Gallery, Chicago, 2011
Experience at SAIC
SAIC has been an interesting experience. Being a transfer student condenses change and adjustment periods, which forced me to concentrate quickly and take my experience very seriously. Along the way I encountered numerous individuals that became some form of a building block toward my personal artistic understanding. Each encounter pushed me in a new way that helped clarify what I was visually producing, its meaning, and why. With a constant art dialogue going at every waking minute, and the ongoing vocalization of what was being done reinforced my ability to answer "why" confidently. Ultimately, SAIC gave me the tools to be a professional, while being able to maintain my personal interests and a fearless ambition.
I am originally from East Los Angeles, California, where I attended East Los Angeles Community College and Art Center College of Design: Art Center At Night courses. From these institutions I obtained rigorous technical training and a love for material explorations. I have engaged in public mural projects referencing social issues, such as, race, class and the question of American identity within East Los Angeles and Chicago. Using foundational practices, such as, painting, drawing, and sewing has aided the conceptual development of my practice. I create objects and surfaces based on my interest in urban sprawl using materials collected from my local environment, while focusing the physicality of the works on the similarities found within larger urban and metropolitan environments of landscaping. Through this fellowship, I will fund a studio space to further develop this body of work.
I am deeply interested in all aspects of urbanization and waste. My artwork is based on information regarding the accumulation of waste, urban planning, and the development/decline of societal structures. I want to continue learning and educating myself about these matters and how they shift and alter within other territories of the world.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.