Eric J. Garcia
Eric J. Garcia is known for mixing history and culture with contemporary politics, Mr. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics. Garcia has exhibited nationally to include such institutions like San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Latin American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Received his BFA with a minor in Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico, Garcia went on to completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to larger than life murals, to his controversial political cartoons, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging.
2009 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Painting & Drawing
2006 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. BFA, Summa Cum Laude Major: Art Studio-Painting Emphasis, Minor: Chicano Studies
1997 Working Classroom Mural Apprenticeship with Joe Stevenson, Albuquerque, NM
2017 Chicago Artist Coalition Maker Grant: Sponsored by Peoples Pixels (OPP) and the Coney Family Fund.
2015 South Bend Heritage Foundation Art and Social Justice Award, Colfax Campus Gallery. South Bend, IN
2014 Vermont Marshall Frankel Fellowship: Fully funded month-long residency for SAIC Alumni at the Vermont Studio Center.
National Alliance of Artists Communities and The Joyce Foundation : Midwest Voices and Visions Fellowship
2012 South Bend Heritage Foundation Art and Social Justice Award, Colfax Campus Gallery. South Bend, IN
2008 Jacob Javits Fellowship Illinois College Associated Press: 1 st Place College Cartoonist Award for editorial cartoon in FNews
2015 Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Hyde Park Art Center. Sponsored by the Joyce Foundation. Chicago, IL
2014 Vermont Studio Center Vermont Marshall Frankel Fellowship. Johnson, VT
2013 Kohler Center for the Arts Arts/Industry Program. Kohler, WI
2009 Yollocalli Arts Reach The National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, IL
2016 National Veterans Art Museum Operation Mom’s Couch Chicago,IL
2015 University of Illinois Springfield Background, Springfield, IL
2014 Multi Culti Gallery/Performance Space El Machete Illustrated, Chicago, IL
2012 DePaul University Between the Chac Mool, and the Chalice. Chicago, IL
2010 Prospectus Gallery The Santa Fe Railroad. Chicago, IL
GROUP EXHIBITIONS [Invited]
2017 Hyde Park Art Center Virtue of the Vicious, Chicago IL
National Museum of Mexican Art Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey, Chicago IL
MACLA 6th Chicano/a Biennial, San Jose, CA
National Hispanic Cultural Center Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte, Abq, NM
University of Indianapolis Herencia, DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Indianapolis, IN
OPEN Center for the Arts Montooneros, Chicago, IL
2016 Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture
ARTE PAÑO CONTEMPORANEO: A TRADITION REVIVED, South Bend, Indiana.
University of Dayton Latino Art of the Midwest: Into the 21st Century, Dayton Ohio
St Ambrose University Justice: Alternative Voices and Progressive Themes in Comics, Davenport, Iowa.
PachaMama Breaks the Fat Cat's Back
The Zoot Suits Riots