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Education

2013     B.A. in Latin American Studies | Communications
University of Texas at Austin

2013     African Diaspora in Central America
UT Austin Research Program in Bluefields, Nicaragua

2009    Indigenous Social and Political Movements
UC Davis Research Program in Chiapas, Mexico


Photography | Photojournalism

2015-present  Clients: The California Sunday Magazine |
Buzzfeed News | Remezcla | Amplifier Art |
Obey Giant | La Liga | Girls Like Us |
Contemporary Art Review LA | The Current.
Published on: NPR, LA Times, LA Weekly.


Teaching Artist Experience 

2018-present Photography Educator & Curriculum Developer
Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, CA
Courses: FLOW, Esta Soy Yo: Imprints,
Inspirational Migrant Women, Power of Pink

2018             Visiting Teaching Artist
Club Balam, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Session: Conducting Visual Research on Local Water Issues

2017-2018      Visiting Teaching Artist
The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
Sessions: Photographing Community
Portraiture and Empowerment


Publications

En Mi Piel: Colorism & Latinidad, photography contributor, La Liga Zine, print. 2018
Femme Frontera by Arlene Mejorado & Adriana Monsalve, Homie House Press, print. 2017
Óptica Magazine, founded & edited by Arlene Mejorado, print. 2016-2017  
La Pulga by Arlene Mejorado, Deep Red Press, print. 2017


Collections

La Pulga  |  Harvard Library Special Collections, Cambridge, MA
We the People Defend Dignity  |  Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
My Mother's Passport  |  Department of Arts & Culture, San Antonio, TX  
Photography of Oaxaca  |  MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX


Residencies

2017      Book-Making and Independent Publishing
Homie House Press, Washington, DC
2013      Political Graphics Archiving
Museo de la Palabra Y La Imagen, San Salvador, El Salvador
2012      Printmaking with artist Mario Guzmán
Espacio Zapata , Oaxaca City, Mexico


Solo Exhibitions

2016     La Pulga, curated by Lady Base Gallery and r.l. Rodriguez
R Space, San Antonio, TX


Group Exhibitions

2018 Remedios Sagrados
Luminaria Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX
2018 R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2018    The Lit List, curated by The Authority Collective
Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018     Mirame Bien, curated by Rudy “Bleu” Garcia
Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
2018     Fotografia y nuevos medios:
Selections from the Permanent Collection
MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX 
2017     Entre Orillas: Borderlands Photography
Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
2017     Mi Comida, Mi Cultura, curated by Sean Fitzgibbons
Centro de Artes, San Antonio, TX  
2017     East of Center: Locals In Focus
Luminaria Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX
2016     SATX | MX: Un viaje lleno de cultura
Centro de Artes, San Antonio, TX  
2016     Multiples: Artists Within Our Midst
Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX  
2015     Soy Mujer
Espacio 1839, Boyle Heights, CA  
2014     Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution
MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX  
2013     LLILAS Student Photo Exhibit
Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX


Professional Experience

2018            Life Between Borders documentary, Tijuana, Mexico
Production Assistant
2018            Power of Pink, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, CA
Project Coordinator
2017-2018     Obey Giant, Los Angeles, CA
Collaborating Artist
2017-2018     Woman of the Water film, Sonora, Mexico
Videographer  
2016-2017     We the People Campaign, Amplifier Art
Artist & Consultant 
2016-2017     Óptica Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Founder & Editor 
2013-2017     Mujeres en Medio Multi-Media Journal  
Co-Founder & Editor
2015            San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
Digital Photography Curator
2014            Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Heights, CA  
Administrative Assistant  
2012-2013    Human Rights Documentation Initiative
LLILAS & Benson Collection, Austin, TX   
Audio Archive Intern
2012-2013 Workers Defense Project, Austin, TX
Community Organizer
2007-2011    Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, Sylmar, CA
PR Coordinator & Culture Programmer


Artist Talks

2019 Process & Place: Artist Panel Platica
La Plaza de Culturas Y Artes, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Power of Pink Artist Panel
Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018     Damaged: A Shepard Fairey Exhibit Roundtable
Los Angeles, CA 
2017     How We Do It: Conversation with Women Photographers
The Main Museum, Los Angeles, CA  
2016     La Pulga, A Solo Exhibition Artist Talk
R Space Gallery, San Antonio, TX  
2016     Latin American Communication Research in Transitions Conference
TAMIU, Laredo, TX 
2014     Dismantling Power Structures Through Women Narratives
Illustrating Anarchy & Revolution Conference, UT-Austin


Grants | Awards

2019     Magnum Photography & Social Justice Fellowship
shortlisted
2018 Lucie Foundation Independent Photo Book Award
awardee
2018 Women Photograph Workshop
selected
2018 Authority Collective, The Lit List
awardee
2018 Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship
shortlisted
2018 Photobook Biennial of Cork, Ireland
selected
2017     National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Mentorship Grant
awardee
2016     Fotoseptiembre Exhibition Choice: La Pulga
awardee
2016     Luminaria Public Arts Grant
awardee
2015     FilmInitiativ African Film Festival
official selection  
2013     Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Collaboratory Scholarship
awardee
2012     Lozano Long Institute of Latin America Studies Academic Scholarship
awardee


Associations

Women Photograph, member
The Authority Collective, member
Espacio Migrante, board member


Selected Press

Vice, “Creating Spaces for Latinx Art
Is a Matter of Healing and Survival”
by Yeiry Guevara, Oct. 2018

Los Angeles Magazine "Artists of Color
Capture the Beauty of Their Own
Communities" by Eva Recinos, July 2018.

The Washington Post - The Lily "Zine
World Gives Creators Space for Power"
by Ashley Nguyen, June 2018.

The Current, "Chicana Feelings' and
'Entre Orillas' Show How Visibility
Can Be a Way of Healing" by
Alejandra L. Gonzalez, Dec. 2017

LA Weekly, "Photographer Arlene
Mejorado Gives the Camera
the Angeleno Aesthetic" by Trina
Calderon, Sept. 2017
 
LA Weekly, "How L.A.'s Latinas Are
Telling Their Own Stories Through
Photography" by Eva Recinos, Sept. 2017  

For Creative Girls, "Arlene Mejorado on
Photography, Documentary, and Creating
Meaningful Work", Feb. 2017
 
Obey Magazine, "Behind "Defend Dignity"
Q+A with Arlene Mejorado and Maribel
Hermosillo" by Illana Woods, Feb. 2017  

San Antonio Express-News, "Shepard Fairey
Poster Based on Work by San Antonio Photo-
grapher" by Elda Silva, Jan. 2017
 
Remezcla, “The Year in Pictures: The Best
Photography Remezcla Featured in 2016”
by Itzel Alejandra Martinez, Dec. 2016

Remezcla, "These Powerful Portraits Find
Beauty in the Vaqueros & Vendedoras of
San Antonio" by Andrew Vargas, Dec. 2016
 
Houston Chronicle, ""Arlene Mejorado's Pulga
Series" by Madalyn Mendoza, Dec. 2016
 
Deep Red Press, "La Pulga y la calle: Arlene
Mejorado" by Raul Rodriguez, Nov. 2016
 
San Antonio Express-News, "Photographer
Finds Her Art at the Flea Market" by Elda
Silva, Aug. 2016
 
Praxis Center, Kalamazoo College, "Monthly
Artist Feature: Arlene Mejorado", 2015