Where One Amerika Ends and The Other Begins My Art is Born
BFA, in Art History - University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, 2005
Minor: Studio Painting
Selected Art Residencies and Workshops
Internship in painting under instruction of Professor Alfred Quiroz specialized in technical aspects of painting and mixed media, for two consecutive semesters in 2004-2005.
Internship in Museum Studies at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ., under the direction of Anne-Marie Russell for two consecutive years 2004-2005. Internship focused on preparatory work such as art installations and curatorial aspects in museum practices, with artists such as Heidi Hesse and Alfred Quiroz amongst many others.
La PochaNostraWorkshop August 1, - August 10 2007, the four principle collaborators of La Pocha Nostra; Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Violeta Luna, Michelle Ceballos, and Roberto Sifuentes, conducted a 10 day intensive workshop with more than 30 artists, scholars, and students from all over Arizona and the world. Workshop culminated with a three hour collaborative performance piece involving workshop participants and featured Gómez-Peña, Sifuentes, Luna, and Ceabllos.
Art Residency At the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Tucson, AZ., responsible for all preparatory work such as art installations and curatorial aspects in museum. September 2007—ongoing.
Creative Capital October 17 through 25th 2008, Workshop. Creative Capital, a nonprofit organization, acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. We are committed to working in partnership with the artists whom we fund, providing advisory services and professional development assistance along with multi-faceted financial aid and promotional support throughout the life of each Creative Capital project.
MOCA Studio Program Institute October through December 2008“Why am I an Artist?” & Goals of program (Manifesto, social contract/covenant) 20 Studio Critic with Larry Gipe. 27 History, Theory & Criticism Paul Ivey “From Erased DeKooning to Cremaster in 10 Steps” November 3 Professional Development Art as/is a Small Business I: Finance, Law, Organization McNulty (law), Martin, Sabharwal (finance),
10 History, Theory & Criticism The Art System from Corbett’s pavilion to Festivalism: Where do I fit in? 17 Studio CriticKen Shorr December Professional Development
Art as/is a Small Business II: Communications: Dealing with Dealers, Curators, Collectors and MediaRussell, Gibbs 8 Studio Critic with Olivier Mosset
15 Professional Development Grant writing with Rueben Roqueni
22 Wrap up: “What Happened?” & Manifesto check-in
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Under the Border/Bajo la Frontera
September 29-December 3 2007 paintings, installation and sculpture excavates the subterranean landscape that thrives beneath the borders specifically our border to the south. Current body of work investigates the disconnect between the official discourse and the human reality found in the maze of life, loss, hope, and despair that occurs bajo la frontera.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Under the Border/Bajo la Frontera
Paco Velez’s art exhibition “Under theBorder/Bajo la Frontera” and “My Amerika” a live performance art piece by artist Paco
Al Border de la Frontera solo exhibition Febuary 17th thru April 17 2006, at el Teatro Auditorio de Nogales, Sonora. Presented by El Taller YONKE de Nogales Sonora and the Insituto Sonorense de Cultura, de Hermosillo Sonora Mexico. Paintings and installation art including video regarding the Nogales Sonora Mexico border with the United States and how it influences political, social and cultural issues within given countries
Borderline Flight solo exhibition August 6-28 2005 at Aztlan Artifacts Gallery, paintings and installation art including video regarding the Nogales Sonora Mexico border with the United States and how it influences political, social and cultural issues within given countries.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA October 4th through December 21st, group exhibit “DRAWN”
The EPMA Binational 2008 June 8, 2008 -Aug 24, 2008.Juried exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte in Juárez. Two artworks selected by each artist included in this exhibition. One artwork exhibited at the El Paso Museum of Art and one exhibited at the Museo de Arte in Juárez. JURORS, Ruth Fine Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Fine is the lead author of Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper, a multi-volume catalogue raisonné projected for publication by the National Gallery in 2010. As the curator of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery from 1988 through 2002, Fine organized exhibitions of work by American artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, John Marin, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Luis-Martin Lozano Art Historian based in Mexico City. Lozano has written extensively about Mexican Modernism, focused on the work of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, María Izquierdo and Remedios Varo among other Mexican masters of the 20th Century. A Fulbright scholar, Professor Lozano has been guest curator for all major museums in Mexico, and worked on projects with fine art museums in the U.S., Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, Italy and recently China
Arizona Biennial '07 May 19, 2007 - August 19, 2007, at The Tucson Museum of Art First started in 1948, the Arizona Biennial is the longest running statewide competition that is juried by a single guest curator for a fresh look and cohesive vision. Guest juror is Dianne Perry Vanderlip, the founding Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum. More than 700 artists submitted their work in different media with a heavy emphasis on photography and painting. One of the trends noticed was works dealing with socio-political concerns, and a healthy mix of realism and abstractions. Overall the submissions were of very high quality indicating the confidence and skill of Arizona’s artists. Of the 53 artists who were selected 9 were from Phoenix, 11 from Tempe, 22 from Tucson, and the rest from other areas of the state including Tombstone, Rimrock, Winslow, and Sonoita. As with Biennials of the past, there are both well established and emerging artists represented.
Paint Matters Exhibition at the University of Arizona Art Exhibition Halls September through October of 2004. Juried By University of Arizona Art Professors Alfred Quiroz, Barbara Penn, Jack Balas
Selected Group Gallery Exhibitions
Solar Culture Gallery Tucson AZ. September - December 2008, Group exhibition.
POLITICOS Taller Raices Tucson AZ. September - November 2008, Group exhibition.
Creative Responders: Latino Art in Action: Re-Affirming and Transforming the Future downtown extravaganza of Latino art exhibitions, workshops, tours and performances running Thursday evening through Saturday.
6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 24
Tucson Museum of Art
140 N. Main Ave.
GODS AND HEROES, April 4th through May 31st 2008, at Raíces Taller Art Gallery, group exhibition featuring paintings and installations of the perception of gods and heroes through each artist unique perception , featured guest artists Paco Velez,
Carnaval February 2nd through March 8 2007, at Raíces Taller Art Gallery, group exhibition featuring paintings and installations in celebration of the New Year, featured guest artists Paco Velez,
Imfoculta (Casa de la Cultura) November 26, 2007 through January 2008. Nogales, Sonora México. Alicia Toledo of Bi-national Projects from Imfoculta has organized a collective exhibition of artists from the Nogales Sonora Mex. And Nogales, AZ. Region. Exhibition will tour several cities in Mexico and U.S.A. along the border of both countries, beginning with Nogales Sonora. A catalog of all artists included will be published.
Teatro Caliente 407 E Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix AZ. Fourth annual Teatro Caliente, festival of alternative performing arts in the Southwest.
More than 20 solo artists and group presented new, cutting edge works of dance, theater, performance art, and live music Nov. 16 and 17. Group Name: Running Blind
Title of Piece: America Intervened
Performers:, Natalie Brewster Nguyen, Rae Langes ,Michelle Winowiak, Jorge Porrata, , Laura Milkins, Paco Velez, Denise Uyehara and guest performers; Michel Cote and Violeta Luna from La Pocha Nostra
Artists Statement: "America Intervened" . Trans/formative identities in a multi-ethnic,
multi-gendered world, challenging physical, political, and theatrical
boundaries, in hopes of instigating and fostering a temporal community
through shared experience. The Running Blind Performance Art Troupe spawned during a 2 week performance art workshop with Guillermo Gómez Peña
and La Pocha Nostra, produced by MOCA, summer 2007, Tucson, AZ.
Mi Tierra / Mis Raíces April 21st through June 2nd 2007, at Raíces Taller Art Gallery, group exhibition, an intriguing exhibition of work by guest artist Paco Velez, and member artists exploring their land and their roots. This collection gives us insight to these diverse artists and their work - where they come from, who they are, and what inspires them.
Carnaval January 20th through February 24th 2007, at Raíces Taller Art Gallery, group exhibition featuring paintings and installations in celebration of the New Year, featured guest artists Paco Velez, Dallas Josephy, Joe Hatton along with all member artists
Día de los Muertos October through November of 2006 at Aztlan Artifacts Gallery, group exhibition featured paintings and installation art “altares” with subject matter of Día de los Muertos, a celebration in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones.
Agua May of 2006 at Aztlan Artifacts Gallery, group exhibition featured paintings with the subject matter “water”, and each individual artist interpretation of the topic.
Body Art ShowFebruary 5th- 27th 2006 at Aztlan Artifacts Gallery, group exhibition Featured Live Semi-Nude Models painted by professional artists
Borders October 21, 2005 Through November10th, 2005 at The Union Gallery group exhibition, third floor Student Union Memorial Center University of Arizona presented by the Western Humanities Alliance's 24th Annual Conference. Additional support for this exhibit was provided by the Alltel Grant for the Arts. The depth and range of the works on exhibit are varied definitions of borders and their complexity. Borders can conjure simple and real images within the mind, challenge stereotypes, and confirm fears. Each artist has a unique perspective to share based on their own experiences and their choice of media draw the audience into a personal, introspective interaction with their idea of borders be they physical, emotional or metaphysical. This non-traditional exhibit incorporates installation art, video shorts, propaganda and abstraction to encapsulate the range of perceptions and issues that surround the concept of borders.
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Texas
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Tucson AZ. Pending
Grants and Awards
Creative Capitol Foundation for the Arts, New York, N.Y. Pending grant.
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Tucson AZ. Pending grant.
Selected Educational Art Talks
The EPMA Binational 2008 June 18, 2008. El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte in Juárez. Art Talk where the selected artists presented and discussed their art work to an audience of approximately fifty people, helping the museums adult programming. be a huge success.
Tucson Museum of Art “Platica” August 17th 2007, participated with four selected artists out of fifty three participating artist in the “Arizona Biennial 2007, Platica” where the selected artists presented and discussed their art work to an audience of approximately eighty people, helping the museums adult programming be a huge success.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Under the Border/Bajo la Frontera
Art conversation with Alfred Quiroz discussing Paco Velez’s art exhibition “Under theBorder/Bajo la Frontera” and “My Amerika” a live performance art piece by artist Paco
Art Talk November 22nd 2007, at MOCA, Prescott Community College, Art Conversation regarding art work of “Bajo La Frontera” solo exhibition at MOCA. Exploring art works relevance to current border issues and culture in Nogales Sonora Mexico.
Art Talk November 26th 2007, Southwest History Class at AmeriSchool College Prep Academy Charter School, 6440 E Broadway Tucson Az., Lecture/talk of current social issues as pertinent to age group being addressed focusing on art work of “Bajo La Frontera”solo exhibition at MOCA.
Art Talk November 29th 2007, at MOCA, Southwest History Class from AmeriSchool College Prep Academy Charter School, 6440 E Broadway Tucson Az., continuance of Lecture/talk of current social issues as pertinent to age group being addressed focusing on art work of “Bajo La Frontera”solo exhibition at MOCA
Tucson Weekly, Best of Tucson. Best Painter Sept. 25th 2008
Art Binational /2008 Binacional de Arte June 8 through August 24, 2008
Art Book/Catalog, The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the Museo de Arte Ciudad Juarez (INBA).
Julio, Sarmiento. “Artista Nogalense Participa En Exposición Internacional” Nuevo Día, Periódico Nogales Sonora Mex. July 1st 2008.
Lopera, Natalia. Interview with La Estrella, October, 26th 2007
Ross, Jamie. “The Border Lends To Experimental Artwork At MOCA”.
Border Beat, October 8th 2007.
Regan, Margaret. “Reflections and Glimpses” Tucson Weekly, May 31st, 2007
Mauet, Sarah. “Tucson Museum of Art.’s Biennial Show, Select Company”, Arizona Daily Star, May 18th, 2007
Regan, Margaret. “Chosen Ones”, Tucson Weekly, May 31st, 2007
Jiménez, B. Manuel. “Al Border de La Frontera, Exposición de Instalación Y Pintura de Paco Velez”. La Libertad, February 2006.
Leal, F. “Exhiben Obra Pictórica en el Auditorio”. Nuevo Día /Nogales Sonora, February 24th, 2006
Selected Broadcast Media
Juanita, Robles. Television interview for Canal 7, Azteca Broadcasting, June27th 2008
Nogales Sonora Mexico
Ernesto Portillo, KXCI, Live radio show "Onda Suave" 220 S. 4th Ave. @ 12th St. Radio on-air chat/interview with Ernesto Portillo and guest Paco Velez, 7pm on Wednesday, October 24. Tucson AZ
Mascareno, Dulce. Television interview for Channel 12, City T.V. November 2007