Curriculum Vitae


2018     Women Photograph Workshop, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2013     Latin American Studies/Communications, B.A., University of Texas at Austin
2013     Research Program: African Diaspora in Central America, University of Texas at Austin -- Bluefields, Nicaragua
2009    Research Program: Indigenous Social and Political Movements, University of California at Davis -- Chiapas, Mexico

Solo Exhibitions

2016     La Pulga / Califas Lens, San Anto Heart, curated by Lady Base Gallery and R.L. Rodriguez, R Space, San Antonio, TX

Group Exhibitions

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     Fotografía y nuevos medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection, MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX
2017     Entre Orillas: Borderland Photography by Arlene Mejorado & Adriana Monsalve, Galería 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 (public photography installation), 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, curated by Mari Hernandez and Kristen Gamez, Galería 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


Femme Frontera by Arlene Mejorado and Adriana Monsalve, Homie House Press, print. 2017
Optica Magazine, no. 1 & 2, Mujeres en Medio, print. 2016-2018  
La Pulga by Arlene Mejorado, Deep Red Press, print. 2017


Obey Giant
Amplifier Foundation
Las Fotos Project
La Liga Zine
Contemporary Art Review LA
Girls Like Us
Hecho Con Ganas


2018     Teaching Artist Residency, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2017     Book Making Residency, Homie House Press, Washington, DC

Artist Talks

2018    Guest Speaker, Photographing Community, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2018    Panelist, Artist Roundtable at Damaged: New Works by Shepard Fairey, exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2017    Guest Speaker, Portraiture and Empowerment, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2017    Panelist, How We Do It: Conversation with Women Photographers, The Main Museum, Los Angeles, CA  
2017    Artist Talk, Entre Orillas Exhibition and Femme Frontera book presentation, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
2016    Artist Talk, Califas Lens, San Anto Heart: Outside Looking In - Solo Show, R Space Gallery, San Antonio, TX  
2016    Panelist, Latin American Communication Research in Transitional Settings Conference, TAMIU, Laredo, TX
2014    Panelist, Dismantling Power Structures Through Women Narratives, Illustrating Anarchy & Revolution Conference, University of Texas at Austin

Grants • Awards

2017     National Association of Latina Arts & Cultures Mentorship Grant  
2016     Fotoseptiembre 1st Choice Award: La Pulga / Califas Lens, San Anto Heart (Solo Exhibition)  
2016     Luminaria Public Arts Grant for the City of San Antonio.  
2015     FilmInitiativ African Film Festival Official Selection: Nicaribbean Music Project Documentary  
2013     Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholarship  
2012     Lozano Long Institute of Latin America Studies Academic Scholarship


2018-present   Board Member, Espacio Migrante, San Diego, CA & Tijuana, Mexico
2018-present   Member, The Authority Collective 
2018-present   Member, Women Photograph


2018          Production Assistant, Life Between Borders (documentary film), Tijuana, Mexico
2018          Project Coordinator, Power of Pink exhibit by Las Fotos Project & The Lower Eastside Girls Club
2016-2017   Videographer, Woman of the Water (documentary film), Sonora, Mexico  
2016-2017   Campaign Artist & Creative Consultant, Amplifier Art, Los Angeles, CA  
2016-2017   Founder & Editor, Óptica Magazine, print  
2013-2017   Co-Founder & Editor, Mujeres en Medio Multi-Media Journal, Online  
2015          Digital Photography Curator, San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
2014          Administrative Assistant, Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Heights,CA  
2014          Political Graphics Intern, Museo de la Palabra Y La Imagen, 2013,  San Salvador, El Salvador   
2012-2013   Audio Archive Intern, Human Rights Documentation Initiative, Benson Collection, Austin, TX  
2012           Graphics Intern, with Master Printmaker Mario Guzmán, Espacio Zapata, Oaxaca City, Mexico  
2007-2011   Outreach Coordinator & Cultural Programmer, Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, Sylmar, CA


Femme Frontera (book) - Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
We the People - Defend Dignity (print) - Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
My Mother's Passport (print) - Department of Arts & Culture, City of San Antonio, TX  
Photography of Nicaragua - Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, Austin, TX
Photography of Oaxaca - MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX

Selected Press

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 Photographer", by Elda Silva, Jan. 2017  
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