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News Bites: MFA Student Curates Exhibition of Eclectic Artists to Explore Idea of Barriers

Some of the most prolific Latino artists from around the Midwest are coming together in Grand Rapids later this month for an exhibition that grapples with the physical and figurative barriers that complicate the reality of living as person of color in America.

Curated by KCAD MFA Painting student Ricardo Gonzalez and held at Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) downtown Grand Rapids campus, “Borderline” will feature thirteen artists working in graphic design, illustration, drawing, painting, street art, murals, collage, art instruction, and pop-up art galleries. In addition to Gonzalez, three other KCAD community members will be included in the exhibition: MFA Drawing student Brianna Baurichter, 2014 Printmaking graduate Sofia Ramirez Hernandez, and 1992 Illustration graduate Hugo Claudin. Gonzalez also recruited several artists from his native Chicago, which is also home to the EXPO Collective, a community arts organization he helps direct.

promor poster for Borderline exhibiton

All of the artists involved in “Borderline” actively engage communities with their art, and Gonzalez intends the exhibition to do the same. The two-day show will run from 3-8pm on March 20, and 8am-8pm on March 21, coinciding with GVSU’s 13th Conference on the Americas, which will focus this year on the topic of borders and contact zones in the Americas. “Borderline” aims to work in concert with the conference’s interdisciplinary lineup of speakers, panels, workshops, and performances to engage the public at-large in a discussion about issues such as autonomy, migration, nationalism, multiculturalism, and community partnering. A sampling of the work that will be included in the exhibition can be seen below:

work by Ricardo Gonzalezwork by Ricardo Gonzalez

work by Amara Betty Martinwork by Amara Betty Martin

work by Brianna Baurichterwork by Brianna Baurichter

work by Yvette Mayorgawork by Yvette Mayorga

work by CHema Skandl!work by CHema Skandal!

More information on “Borderline” can be found on the Facebook event page.