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V. Maldonado, Night Scene, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 15.5 x 18.5 inches, Photo: Mario Gallucci. Image courtesy Froelick Gallery

Lunch & Learn: The Latinx Artists We Love, We Are: A Conversation with Dr. Olivia Muñoz & V. Maldonado

Oct 27 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque

Undergraduate Graduate Community Events

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

LUNCH & LEARN - Hot Food & Hot Takes Series Office of Intercultural Engagement, Equity & Inclusion

As part of Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month at Willamette University we joyfully invite you to join us for a special event on the PNCA campus “The Latinx Artists We Love, We Are: A Conversation with Dr. Olivia Muñoz & V. Maldonado.” Each artist will share practical advice, insight, and inspiration and will conclude with a Q & A session..

All are welcome! Delicious soup from Yo’s as well as fresh salad and fruit from Nourishment will be available for those in attendance.

October 27, 2021 - 12:30pm-1:30pm, Shipley/Collins Mediatheque

“I realize I am trying to repay this place that formed me. We roll along I-75, all of us quiet now, outside of us the blue running into the green thickness of woods. It is harder and harder to try to visit the home I knew, where I have left those who once got from their jobs this: some decent pay, medical and dental, this house, yes, this life, but also the notion that this was not the top, that there was hope their daughters could be outspoken and not have a job where they have to wear their name on a blue shirt all day. I write for you because no one else ever did, no one knows who you are, that you’re there – even if I’m not – in the middle of nothing, breathing everyday.”

– from “Grown Over” in About Place Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 4

About Dr. Olivia Muñoz: Dr. Olivia Muñoz is the daughter of Juan y Lupe, a factory worker and housekeeper from León, Guanajuato, México. She works in student affairs because she believes in the humanizing power of education. With more than a decade of experience in higher education, Oli has worked to create opportunities for transformational experiences where students can learn, come together, and become the change agents the world needs. Her emphasis has been on support for marginalized populations, developing critical global perspectives, and engaging in local communities. She has presented nationally on the use of testimonio as a research methodology and has mentored women of color in the field putting into practice her core belief to “pull as you climb.” Oli is also a writer with poetry and nonfiction publications that explore her life growing up Latinx in the Midwest United States. She previously worked as a reporter for The Associated Press in Detroit and Central California. Oli has a B.A. in Journalism and Art from Central Michigan University, a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from California State University, Fresno, and a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. She is a proud first-gen college student, the eldest of five siblings, and a passionate supporter of the arts. She serves as the Associate Dean of Students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

About V. Maldonado: V. Maldonado is a multidisciplinary artist, freelance curator, and writer who lives and works in Portland, OR. Born in 1976 in Changuitrio, Michoacán, Mexico, they grew up in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California in a family of migrant field laborers. Maldonado holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Art (2000), and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of Art Institute in Chicago (2005). Deploying both traditional media including painting, printmaking and drawing alongside contemporary strategies such as performance, installation and intervention, Maldonado expresses the power of identity to author experience and perception. Their work is included in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR. They currently serve as the Director of Intercultural Engagement, Equity and Inclusion at Willamette University Pacific Northwest College of Art.