Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community
Moves to C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis

By Elizabeth O'Brien, Aquisitions

The show, “Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community,” which originated at the CSUS Library, and was co-curated by Kathryn Blackmer Reyes and Elizabeth O’Brien of the CSUS Library and David Bischoff, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Jesuit High School, has gone on the road. David and Elizabeth, in conjunction with Cibonay Cordova from the C.N. Gorman Museum, have taken the show to UC Davis, where it will open on October 1, 2004 and run through November 30th 2004.

The artists’ reception is on October 30th at 4:00 pm and will feature artist presentations, and a discussion and book signing with Maria Ochoa, author of “Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community.”

The show includes almost all of the works that were shown at the CSUS Library, and includes important additions of works by the Co-Madres Artistas and Mujeres Muralistas, and an altar. These nationally known women have made it their mission to promote the visual arts in our communities while celebrating, impacting and transmitting cultural concepts and informing our history. The show, as it did here at the CSUS Library, explores and honors these women.

As at our Library the exhibiting artists from Co-Madres Artistas are Irma Lerma Barbosa, Carmel Castillo, Laura Llano, Mareia de Socorro and Helen Villa. The Mujeres Muralistas are Graciela Carrillo, Ester Hernández, Consuelo Méndez, Irene Perez and Patricia Rodriguez.