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Changarrito with Evelyn Contreras

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On Saturday, June 30, YLA 23 artist Evelyn Contreras will be on hand from 12-3pm as part of the Changarrito Residency Program. Stop by and meet the artist who will be featured in front of the Museum on 5th St. and Congress Ave.


Born in Santa Barbara, California, Evelyn Contreras received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking at California State University, Long Beach and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. As the child of an immigrant family, she grew up navigating two worlds, her home and the outside world. In her art, Contreras utilizes metaphor to explore the vagueness of language. Through printmaking and fabrication techniques, she creates an optical experience that makes the viewer look at space and materials differently, creating a cinematic experience through color, light, and form. She incorporates Chicano cultural lexicons to show how coveted cultural movements have been distorted, and references highbrow and lowbrow art movements to highlight the viewer’s indifference towards cultural history. Her work has been exhibited throughout Texas and California. 


Changarrito is a pop-up art cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to official gallery selections in Mexico. Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Mexic-Arte Museum has hosted the Changarrito Artist Residency program since 2012 and has featured over 60 artists.