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ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium 2021
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ACES is a BIPOC-centered and led art conference. Our vision is to establish a space for artists of color to celebrate and center ourselves. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.
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Sunday, May 16 • 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Zodiaco Familiar- A reimagined Mexican Zodiac

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I have created a series of 12 ceramic animal heads that represent a Mexican zodiac--a playful and personalized reinterpretation of the Chinese zodiac you may be familiar with. The fifth of this series is a collaboration with 13 amazing Mexican and Chicanx artists of all different disciplines.

14 different artists collaborated on a 12 zodiac head series. Each artist is working on the animal that correlates to the year of their birth (according to the parallel Chinese zodiac). If they were born the year of the rat, they would work on El Chapulín. This made for a wonderful and vulnerable way of talking to different artists. Some of the collaborators are friends from my past and some are new friends because of this undertaking.

The goal of this project and collaboration is to showcase the breadth of artistic expressions within the Mexican and Chicanx community, to give these artists a platform to express their voice and vision, and to use a familiar tale to comment on the need for human connection and community. It’s been one of the most exciting ventures to create and it’s all because of the bond we are forming through collaboration.


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George Rodriguez

Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, TX, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculpture addressing his identity and community. The first in his family to finish college, he received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas at El Paso then went on to... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 4:20pm - 4:50pm PDT
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