Our Artist Feature


Sandy Rodriguez

Sandy Rodriguez is an artist and independent educator. Her paintings capture moments of transformation in the social and cultural landscape of Los Angeles, with a focus on themes of the persistence of place, activism, and physical and cultural regeneration. She was raised in San Diego, Tijuana, and Los Angeles. Rodriguez earned her B.F.A from California Institute of Arts.

Her collaborative book project A Place We Call Home: East of La Cienega and South of Stocker for Some Place Chronicles, a creative placemaking project produced by CalArts and Los Angeles County Arts Commission, will be available in Fall 2017. Rodriguez has been featured on CBC Radio Canada Hour le Monde, KQED Statewide Report, KPCC’s Off Ramp, Los Angeles Times, and KCET.



John Valadez

John M. Valadez has been making significant artwork for over 40 years in the Southern California region. His work has come to define an iconography of Chicano experience in the city, using both the changing dynamics and reconstructing a mythical allegory that speaks to a unique vision. This has been done through numerous federal and state mural commissions throughout California, Texas, and France. Valadez had a critically-acclaimed 35 year retrospective at The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla in 2012. He was given a six week residency in Bordeaux, France in the spring of 2014 in celebration of the 50th anniversary Los Angeles/Bordeaux sister city art exchange. John was recently honored with the Vincent and Mary Price Legacy Award from the Vincent Price Art Museum in 2017.

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