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Education

2013     Latin American Studies/Communications, B.A., 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


Clients

The California Sunday Magazine, Buzzfeed, Amplifier Art, Obey Giant,
Remezcla, La Liga Zine, Contemporary Art Review LA, Girls Like Us


Publications

En Mi Piel, contributor, La Liga Zine, print. 2018
Femme Frontera, by Arlene Mejorado and Adriana Monsalve, Homie House Press, print. 2017
Óptica Magazine, multi-contributor, multi-issue, created/edited by Arlene Mejorado, print. 2016-2017  
La Pulga, by Arlene Mejorado, Deep Red Press, print. 2017


Grants • Awards

2018 Lucie Foundation Independent Book Award, finalist
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 Latina/o Arts & Cultures Mentorship Grant, awardee
2016     Fotoseptiembre Choice Award: La Pulga, a solo exhibition
2016     Luminaria Public Arts Grant, awardee
2015     FilmInitiativ African Film Festival Official Selection: Nicaribbean Music Project Documentary  
2013     Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholarship, awardee
2012     Lozano Long Institute of Latin America Studies Academic Scholarship, awardee


Residencies

2018  Club Balam, teaching artist, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
2018      The Lower Eastside Girls Club, teaching artist, New York, NY
2017      Homie House Press, book-making and publishing, Washington, DC
2013      Museo de la Palabra Y La Imagen, political graphics archiving, San Salvador, El Salvador
2012      Espacio Zapata, printing with master printmaker Mario Guzmán, 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 RESPECT, 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: Photography by Arlene Mejorado & Adriana Monsalve, 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


Collections

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 Oaxaca - MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX


Artist Talks

2018 Power of Pink project panel, speaker, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Photographing Community, speaker, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2018     Damaged: New Works by Shepard Fairey exhibition, roundtable, Los Angeles, CA 
2017     Portraiture and Empowerment, presenter, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2017     How We Do It: Conversation with Women Photographers, panelist, 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 Transitional Settings Conference, presenter, TAMIU, Laredo, TX 
2014     Dismantling Power Structures Through Women Narratives, panelist, Illustrating Anarchy & Revolution Conference, University of Texas at Austin


Experience

2018     Teaching Artist, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, CA
2018           Production Assistant, Life Between Borders documentary, Tijuana, Mexico
2018           Project coordinator, Power of Pink photography exhibit, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, CA
2017-2018    Collaborating artist, Obey Giant, Los Angeles, CA
2017            Videographer, Woman of the Water documentary, Sonora, Mexico  
2016-2017     Artist & consultant, We the People campaign, Amplifier Art, Los Angeles, CA  
2016-2017     Founder & editor, Óptica Magazine, print  
2013-2017     Co-founder & editor, Mujeres en Medio Multi-Media Journal, digital platform  
2015            Digital photo curator, San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
2014            Administrative assistant, Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Heights,CA    
2012-2013     Audio archive intern, Human Rights Documentation Initiative, Benson Collection, Austin, TX   
2007-2011     Communications coordinator & culture programmer, Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, Sylmar, CA


Associations

Women Photograph, member
The Authority Collective, member
Espacio Migrante, Tijuana, Mexico, 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 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