Dignos y Sin Barreras (Dignified and without Barriers)

Guest Curator BIPOC Program announced

Maria Elias

Dignos y Sin Barreras (Dignified and without Barriers)

The Lyndon House Arts Center is pleased to announce Maria Elias as the second Guest Curator for Dignos y Sin Barreras (Dignified and without Barriers) exhibition to open on December 16, 2021.  Dignos y Sin Barreras (Dignified and without Barriers) will be on view from December 16, 2021 – March 12, 2022.

Maria Elias is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Athens, GA. Her experience as a first generation Mexican American heavily influences her work. Throughout her life she has faced racial and social injustices. She has also witnessed her immigrant parents face inequality in a country that advocates for equality. All of these experiences have inspired Maria to raise awareness for the disparities her community faces. She expresses these efforts both in her own work and in this first time curatorial effort resulting in the upcoming exhibition Dignos y Sin Barreras (Dignified and without Barriers).

headshot Maria Elias

This upcoming exhibit features artists Alondra Arévalo (she/her), Blanca Becerra (she/her), María Elías (she/her), and Jorge Rocha (they/them).

"Mexican Artists. That is the label we are given. “Mexican” is the only thing the world sees. It makes us feel obliged to stay in this box society has created for us, but we are so much more. If we were all white cis men, we would not feel the need to limit ourselves to our label. We would not feel guilty for not creating stereotypical “Mexican” art. We would not feel unheard. We are dignified to be in this space and we have no barriers. Each artist explores various themes that they struggle with every day. Identity is ingrained in many of the works as well as body issues, mental health, and existentialism. There is a great variety in media from ceramics to digital art." - Maria Elias

Alondra Portrait
Blanca portrait
Jorge Portrait

This program is supported by the Lyndon House Arts Foundation (LHAF) whose mission is committed to increasing the visibility and contribution of BIPOC artists as well as raising the creative economics of the arts and encouraging leadership roles within the arts profession and the education community. Other programs LHAF funds is the annual Juried Exhibitions, the Teen Art Club and Mentorship and more.

Pictured above left to right: Alondra Arévalo (she/her), Blanca Becerra (she/her) and Jorge Rocha (they/them).