BORN
1966 in Los Angeles, California
 
EDUCATION 
2009    Masters of Fine Art, Spatial Art, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1989    Certificate of Art, Graduate Program, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
1988    Bachelors of Art, Studio Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA          
 
EXHIBITIONS & ART PROJECTS

2018

 The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM.

2017
ICONIC: Black Panther, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Solo Exhibition, stARTup Fair, San Francisco, CA
The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
19th Latino Art Now! Exhibition, MACLA, San Jose, CA
Taking Liberties, 40th anniversary Member Exhibition, Works, San Jose, CA

2016
Plantilla 8, art commission, MACLA, design digitally printed on window shades for MACLA building facade
ANNE & MARKS’S Art Party: An Occasional & Irrational San Jose Arts Fest, San Jose, CA
18th Latino Art Now! Exhibition, MACLA, San Jose, CA
 
2015
Found in Translation, group exhibition, MACLA, San Jose, CA
17th Latino Art Now! Exhibition, MACLA, San Jose, CA
Works/San José, Benefit Art Auction Exhibition, San Jose, CA
 
2014
ANNE & MARKS’S Art Party: An Occasional & Irrational San Jose Arts Fest, San Jose, CA
16th Latino Art Now! Exhibition, MACLA, San Jose, CA
 
2013
San Jose State University Centennial Celebration: Alumni Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
15th Latino Art Now! Exhibition, MACLA, San Jose, CA
 
2012
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Group Exhibition, Education Gallery, National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA
 
2011
ANNE & MARKS’S Art Party: An Occasional & Irrational San Jose Arts Fest, San Jose, CA
 
2010    
El Shop, in collaboration with artist H. Dio Mendoza, commissioned by ZER01
Out of the Garage, ZER01 Biennial, Art & Technology Exhibition, San Jose, CA
Xicana: Spiritual Reflections/Reflexiones Espirituales, group exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
 
2009    
ANNE & MARKS’S Art Party: An Occasional & Irrational San Jose Arts Fest, San Jose, CA
Monotype Marathon, collaborative print with Michelle Longosz, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Espada de Dos Filos: Latina Artists – California & New York. Arte Americas Gallery, Fresno, CA
Strange Hope: An ephemeral exhibition celebrating new beginnings and creative economies, Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA   
 
2008    
Beyond Child’s Play: Pilar Agüero-Esparza & Juan Carlos Quintana, Two person exhibit, MACLA/San Jose Center for Latino Arts, San Jose, CA
ANNE & MARKS’S Art Party: An Occasional & Irrational San Jose Arts Fest, San Jose, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
2007    
Homework, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 3, San Jose State University, Art Bldg., San Jose, CA
Day of the Dead Exhibition, group show, Education Gallery, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
2006
Mind Maps: Visiting the Unexpected Labyrinths of the Mind, group exhibit, Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
 
2005
Codes of Conduct, Group Exhibition, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
No Child Left, solo exhibit, Gallery 8, San Jose State University, Art Bldg., San Jose, CA
Material Moments, Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, CA
Day of the Dead Exhibition, Mission Cultural Center Gallery, San Francisco    
 
2004
Paper Works, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 2, San Jose State University, Art Bldg., San Jose, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
2002
Cabinets of Curiosities: The Spiritual Lives of Four San Jose Collectors, MACLA/San Jose Center for Latino Arts, San Jose, CA
Magician’s Day Off & Other Stories, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Ag: Works 25, Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
2001
Current Holdings: Bay Area Drawing/Bay Area Collections, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Talking to Myself: Culture, Fantasy & the Domestic Condition, Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, CA
Namenlosen, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA
Group Exhibition, d.p. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
2000
Piecing It Together: A Visual Journal, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
Latino Art Auction 2000, MACLA/San Jose Center for Latino Arts, San Jose, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Intima: Group Exhibition, Encantada Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 
1999
Vida en Los Dichos/Life in Proverbs, Public Art Commission, City of San Jose Public Library
Piecing It Together: A Visual Journal, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
1998
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
1997
Que Es Chicano? What is Chicana? Marie Elias Center for the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Group Exhibition, Synopsys Incorporated, Mountain View, CA
 
1996
La Voz, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Feast for the Dead, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Group Exhibition, d.p. Fong Galleries, San Jose, CA
 
1995
A Defiant Legacy 1970 – 1995: 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Galeria de La Raza, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA
Que Viva Tu Recuerdo: Altars & Offerings for Days of the Dead, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Another Life Up Inside Her Head, Galeria de La Raza, San Francisco, CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
 
1994
Absence of Gravity, solo exhibit, Sesnon Micro Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Solo Exhibition, d.p. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CA
Mil Vidas, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
 
1993
Solo Exhibition, Union Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Symbol/Ritual: Contemporary Altars, MACLA/San Jose Center for Latino Arts, San Jose, CA
Spirited Canvases I, d.p. Fong Galleries, San Jose, CA
 
1992
Group Exhibition, San Mateo Arts Council Gallery, San Mateo, CA
Juried Exhibition, Gallery House, Palo Alto, CA
Women to Women, Juried Exhibition, Fort Mason Bayfront Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 
1991
Reflections from the Soul: Contemporary Mexican-American Artists, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Latino Artist Collective, Pacific Bell Corporation, San Ramon, CA
 
PUBLIC ART/PUBLIC SPACE INTERVENTIONS
 
2016    Plantilla 8, art commission, MACLA, digitally printed design on window shades for the building facade
Selection Panelist, Neighborhood Gateway Galleries: East San Jose, City of San Jose Public Art Program
 
2015     Panelist, ImagineSJ Visual Arts Showcase, Future Arts Now! + Kooltura Marketing, sponsored by the Knight Foundation and the School of Arts and Culture
 
2014     Member, MACLA Facilities Design Committee with artist and architect Teddy Cruz, ongoing.
Canción Courtyard, in collaboration with artist H. Dio Mendoza, commissioned by City of Morgan Hill, CA – interactive project involving music and art to establish creative place-making for PARK(ing) Day 2014 in downtown Morgan Hill.
 
2010     Participant, Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) Class 3 – year-long professional development experience focused specifically for artists of color, emphasizing networking and community engagement.
 
El Shop Residency, Los Angeles, CA – Two-week residency in collaboration with artist H. Dio Mendoza at my parent’s shoe repair shop in South Central LA. Besides apprenticing with my parents, we conducted interviews with them and recorded their story for a video we produced in collaboration with Tricia Creeson-Valencia of Flaca Films. Project was funded by a grant from ZERO1 and selected for the 2010 Biennial.
 
South Hall Artist Residency, ZER01 Biennial –Two-week residency in collaboration with artist H. Dio Mendoza making the production involved in the fabrication of handmade huaraches a public experience and included conducting hands-on workshops for visitors.
 
Huarache Fashion Show – produced a culminating runway event showcasing the footwear designs we created from the El Shop summer project and the Artist Residency during the ZERO1 Biennial. Footwear models included luminaries from the Latino arts community.
 
2009     Feria del Mariachi, in collaboration with artist H. Dio Mendoza, commissioned by ZER01- creative place-making and interactive project involving music and art for the Mariachi Festival in downtown San Jose.
 I Dream of Home, SubZERO Festival San Jose, in collaboration with photographer Michelle Longosz. This was an interactive installation asking participants to share their thoughts about the housing situation in the Bay Area.
 
2007     Mentor, The Abramovitz Scholarship Fund - Selected to work as a mentor to a talented high school art student for a period of one year. Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
 
1998 to  Grants Committee Member, Arts Council Silicon Valley. Met monthly to review the Arts Council’s
2000     granting policies and procedures and made recommendations based on annual applications to the Council’s grant program.
 
1998     Public Art Commission from the city of San Jose to produce a series of five oil on canvas mural panels entitled Vida en Los Dichos/Life in Proverbs for the main reading room of the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library.
 
1995     The (Re)Generation Project, Galeria de La Raza, San Francisco, CA. Year-long professional development experience and training in curatorial practice and arts management under artist and then board president of Galeria de La Raza, Amalia Mesa-Bains.
 
 
AWARDS
 
2016     Artist Laureate, SVCreates. Presented annually, the SVLaureates celebration recognizes an artist’s exceptional achievement in the arts and contribution to the cultural life of Silicon Valley with a cash award to encourage the continuing development of artistic work.
2010     Artist-in-Residence, ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose
2004     Scholarship, Chicana/Latina Foundation, San Francisco
2000     Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network Year In Review, National Recognition to the Best Public Art Projects Annually, for La vida en los dichos/Life In Proverbs, Biblioteca Latinoamericana, San Jose Public Library
1998     Recipient, Public Art Commission, City of San Jose, Biblioteca Latinoamericana, San Jose Public Library
Recipient, Outstanding Women of Silicon Valley
Nominee, SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Nominee, Eureka Fellowship, Fleishaker Foundation
1995   Artist-in-Residence, Villa Montalvo Historic Estate for the Arts
Mariachi Festival Poster Competition, Mexican Heritage Corporation
1987  Susan Irwin Scholarship, University of California, Santa Cruz
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