Nereida García-Ferraz in an internationally recognized Cuban American artist and close personal friend of the late, Ana Mendieta. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation, and co-producer of the seminal documentary on Mendieta, Fuego De Tierra. Join García-Ferraz and Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Executive Director of the Southwest Folklife Center in conversation about García-Ferraz’s early returns to Cuba as an artist living in the US, creating improvised studio in Havana in 1985, the encounters with artists there and working on the making of the documentary about Ana Mendieta’s life and work.
Presented in collaboration with Southwest Folklife Alliance, an affiliate of the University of Arizona
About the Speaker: Nereida García-Ferraz is a painter, photographer and video maker who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received the following grants: Ryerson Traveling Fellowship National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1985 and in 1998, The Ford Foundation grant in 1994. Illinois Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship in 1985, 1986, 1989 Mac Arthur Foundation Media Grant in 1994 as well as The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000 – 2001.
She has taught at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The San Francisco Art Institute, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also been a resident/visiting artist in many art schools and museums. She currently works at MOCA’s Women on the Rise Program and Perez Art Museum Miami’s Brick X Brick Outreach Art Education Program since 2008, working with youth on issues of Urban Design and Architecture, also at the Idea Lab at BASS Art Museum in Miami Beach, FL. Founded The Photography Program at MACLA, San Jose California in 1998. Her works have been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the US and abroad. Among them: Chicago Art 1945-1995 at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Paisajes de Ida y Vuelta, Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Illinois State Museum, Museo de Arte Moderno Mexico City, Islip Museum among others.
She co-produced and directed the award winner video-documentary Ana Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra.” The film is in the collection of MOMA, Guggenheim Museum, Yale University, San Francisco Art Institute and many other museums and universities around the world.
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