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School kicks off the New Year with a vibrant exhibit celebrating Latino/a art, activism and life

December 23, 2013

Beginning Jan. 6, the School’s Art Committee and the Latino/Latina artists' network, La Sala, are co-sponsoring an exhibit featuring major works by some of the leading local artists working in a Latin American tradition. The exhibit highlights paintings by Alfredo Arreguín, Arturo Artorez, Tatiana Garmendia and Blanca Santander; mixed media work by Michelle de la Vega; and photographs by Daniel Carrillo, Almendra Sandoval and Alejandro Tomás.

The art exhibit is part of a larger multifaceted initiative called VIVA!, which works to amplify the voice, visibility and skills of Latina/o social work students. Other community events will take place during the exhibit, which is on display until April 18, 2014.

An artists’ reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Detail of The Jaguar Night by Alfredo Arreguín

About the artists:
Internationally acclaimed Mexican-born artist Alfredo Arreguín commonly employs a mosaic approach in his work along with inspirations from Korean and Japanese influences. Figurative painter and muralist Arturo Artorez borrows sources from the many countries in which he has lived around the world. Photographer Daniel Carrillo uses methods from the 1850s to produce beautiful and timely portraits. Installation artist and designer Michelle de la Vega creates intricate collages focused on heredity and evolution. Conceptual artist Tatiana Garmendia depicts the values and history of many cultures informed by her experiences as a child of revolution and political asylum. Photographer Almendra Sandoval is a civil rights activist who conveys a message of empowerment and compassion. Peruvian children’s book author and illustrator Blanca Santander shares her message of hope in her powerful and magical paintings of women activists from around the world. Internationally recognized photojournalist Alejandro Tomás weaves many stories into each image that draws the viewer to reflect on the importance of a community that embraces culture.

For more information:  Madeline Galbraith, madeline@uw.edu, 206.616.2443