ABOUT

Ileana Quezada is an artist currently living and working in Firebaugh, CA. She was born 1990 in Fresno, California. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture and ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

My work concentrates on the domestic and public spheres and the effects it has in our society. Through the artwork I analyze cultural practices and how they impact the development of Mexican American identity. I look to exhaust the defining limitations of rites of passage that occur in and out of intimate living spaces. My work promotes awareness on how displacement has affected past and present generations of women and men, not only Mexican Americans but everyone that is an outsider to their native country. The sculptures re-evaluate objects found in and out of the home. These objects influence my choice in materials directly and symbolically. My work investigates the family dynamics and how a community is continuously influenced by its evolving living spaces. These connections build our self-esteem and confidence as individuals; therefor effecting how we present ourselves in society and what we feel is our privilege. Analyzing, connecting, and learning one’s heritage is important, but I don’t believe guilt should be a component of that process.

 

-Ileana Quezada

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EDUCATION

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL                                               May 2016

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture & Ceramics

Minor in Art History

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Enrichment Center Studio Art Instructor, Merced County Arts Council, Merced, CA.

July 2019 – Presently Employed

• Instruct Visual Fine Arts to Adult Artist with Developmental Disabilities.
 

Art Instructor/Docent, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA.
September 2017 – Presently Employed

• Instruct K-12.
• VTS Training: Visual Thinking Strategies.
• Museum Tours.
• Summer Sculpture and Mix Media courses.


Teaching Artist, Madera County Arts Council, Madera, CA.
September 2018 – December 2018

• Sculpture Instructor: 1st-8th After School Program & 3rd and 4th School Program.
• Special Projects: Restored the Valley State Prison Mural, painted by female inmates. Helped curate the Dia De Los Muertos Community Altar.   
• MCAC Circle Gallery: Assisted with project development, reception, and filling.

Studio Assistant to Artist Chintia Kirana, Glove Factory SIUC, Carbondale, IL.

January – May 2014

• Assisted with the construction of personal artworks and gallery display.Student

 

Aide-Sculpture Lab Technician/Studio Assistant to Artist Laura L. West, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA.
September 2010 – May 2013
• Assisted instructor with lab sanitation, inventory, mold making, exhibitions, and nude models.
• Instructed students on how to properly use sculpture lab equipment- welding: Gas Metal Arc/Shielded Metal Arc/Oxygen Acetylene, metal fabrication, mixed media, woodworking. Educate and encourage students on OSHA safety regulations.
• Cleaned & Fixed tools: jigsaws, circular/table saws, grinders, sanders, drills, welding equipment, ceramic kilns, and torches.
• Worked with various materials and chemicals: clay, plaster, wax, ceramic shell, bonded sand, fiberglass, glazes, iron, bronze, aluminum, glass, silicone, cement, stone, and wood.
• Assembled installations for Laura L. West exhibition, “Additive Memories,” Art Space Gallery, Fresno, CA. 2010.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO-

2016    Partition, Expose Art House, Montgomery, AL.

2016    Solo Thesis Exhibition: A Ciegas, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

JURIED-

2016    Rickert-Ziebold Award Exhibition and Reception, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

2016    SIUC Visual and Performing Arts Purchase Award, Student Center, Carbondale, IL.

2016    10th Annual C4 Juried Exhibition- Guest Juror Mel Watkin, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

2015    9th Annual C4 Juried Exhibition- Guest Juror Dana Turkovic, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

2014    8th Annual C4 Juried Exhibition- Guest Juror Terry Suhre, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

2013, 2012, 2011

Student Art Show, Juried by Fresno City College Faculty, Allards Art, & Clay Mix Studios. Art Space Gallery, Fresno, CA.

2008    Emerging Artist & Congressional Recognition, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA.

2007    Emerging Artist, Ashtree Studio Gallery, Fresno, CA.

GROUP-

2017    Emotional Catharsis, The Yes Factory, Fresno, CA.

2016    Patterns Play, Expose Art House, Curated by Chintia Kirana, Montgomery, AL. 

2016    3D BFA Thesis Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

2015    SIUC Ceramics Show, Guest Artist Alex Hibbitt. Pulliam: Breeze Way, Carbondale, IL.

2015    C4 Critical Forum Club Group Show, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

2015    SIU Ceramics Show, Guest Artist Steven Young Lee. Pulliam: Breeze Way, Carbondale, IL.

2014    C4 Critical Forum Club Group Show, SIU University Museum, Carbondale, IL.

2014    SIUC Ceramics Show, Pulliam: Breeze Way, Carbondale, IL.

2013    C4 Critical Forum Club Group Show, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

2013    Genisis, Broadway Studios, Curated by Zur Artz, Fresno, CA. 2013

2013    Art Community Transformation Club/Student Show, Valentino’s Rock N’ Apparel, Fresno, CA.

2012    Art Community Transformation Club/Student Show, Star Line, Fresno, CA.

2011, 2010     

Holiday Ceramic Exhibit, Clay Mix Studio, Fresno, CA.

2009    Student Art Show, Mary Ward Reception Building, San Francisco, CA.

2007, 2006

Fresno County Art Exhibit- Society of Western Artist Junior Exhibits Building, Fair Grounds, Fresno, CA.

CURATED EXHIBITIONS
2018    Dia De Los Muertos Community Altar, Curator: Ruben Sanchez. Circle Gallery, Madera County Arts Council. Madera, CA.
2018    Manifold, by artist Ayako Kurimoto, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

RESIDENCIES

2016    Expose Art House – Three-month, August 15th-November 15th, artist residency. Expose Art House is a nonprofit alternative art space supported by Expose Art Magazine. Founder & Curator Chintia Kirana. Montgomery, AL.

 

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

2016    Workshop: Tile Relief & Mold Making. Expose Art House. Montgomery, AL.

2016    Artist Talk, Auburn University at Montgomery Art Department. Montgomery, AL.

2013    Artist Talk, Southern Illinois University Carbondale- C4 Critical Forum Club Group Exhibit, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL.

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS

2018 The Madera Tribune – “Madera County Arts Council Dia De Los Muertos Community Ofrenda”, November 2018. Madera, CA.

2016    "Expose Art House"- Expose Art Magazine, October 2016 Issue.

2016    SIUC NEWS – Press release, “Three named winners in annual art competition” by Andrea Hahn. Carbondale, IL.

2016    WSIU Public Broadcasting- “Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award Winners Announced”, Interview by Kevin Boucher. Carbondale, IL.

2013    Interviewed by the Southern Illinois University News & Media Club, “8th Annual C4 Juried Show”. Carbondale, IL.

AWARDS

2016    Winner of the SIUC School of Art and Design, Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award Competition. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

2015    Windgate Charitable Foundation Educational Opportunity Scholarship. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

2013    1st Place. Undergraduate Category of the 8th Annual C4 Juried Exhibition, juror Terry Suhre. Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

2012    Centennial Art Scholarship. Fresno City College, Fresno, CA.

2012    2nd Place. Ceramics Category of the 2012 Student Art Show. Juried by Fresno City College Faculty & Allards Art, Fresno, CA.

2011    2nd Place. Ceramics Category of the 2011 Student Art Show. Juried by Fresno City College Faculty & Clay Mix Studios, Fresno, CA.

2008    Top 10 Congressional Art Competition. Congressional Recognition awarded by Congressmen Jim Costa. Displayed in Congressional District office for the course of one year. Fresno, CA.

2008    3rd Place. Art Gallery Placement & Recognition Exhibition for the course of one month. Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA.

2008    Art Gallery Placement & Recognition Exhibition for the course of one month. Ashtree Studio Gallery, Fresno, CA.

2007, 2006

1st place. Fresno County Art Exhibit. The California Art Education Association, Fresno, CA.

AFFILIATIONS

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

C4-Member. Critical Forum is a student organization that promotes cooperation, collaboration and critical exchange through the visual arts. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

2012, 2011

A.C.T-Co. President. Art Community Transformation, is a club that promotes community art and raises funds for workshops, and provides art supplies to underprivileged children in the Central Valley of San Joaquin. Fresno City College, Fresno, CA.