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Favianna Rodriguez 10/1-10/2/13


Favianna Rodriguez is an entrepreneur, printmaker and digital artist whose vibrant posters deal with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements. Rodriguez has lectured widely on the use of art in civic engagement and the work of artists who are bridging the community and museum, the local and international.

Rodriguez’s works appear in collections at Bellas Artes (Mexico City), The Glasgow Print Studio (Glasgow, Scotland), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles). Rodriguez has exhibited at Museo del Barrio (New York); de Young Museum (San Francisco); Mexican Fine Arts Center (Chicago); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); Sol Gallery (Providence, RI); Huntington Museum and Galería Sin Fronteras (Austin, TX); and internationally at the House of Love & Dissent (Rome), Parco Museum (Tokyo), as well as in England, Belgium, and Mexico. She was a 2005 artist-in-residence at San Francisco’s prestigious de Young Museum, a 2007-2008 artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), and received a 2006 Sea Change Residency from the Gaea Foundation (Provincetown, MA). Rodriguez is recipient of a 2005 award from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

As a teacher, Rodriguez has conducted workshops and presentations at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), El Faro de Oriente (Mexico), de Young Museum (San Francisco), the Habana Hip Hop Festival (Habana, Cuba), as well as Williams College and The Commonwealth Club. In 2003, she co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio to foster resurgence in the screenprinting medium. She is co-founder of the EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) and Visual Element, both programs dedicated to training young artists in the tradition of muralism. She is co-founder and president of Tumis Inc., a bilingual design studio helping to integrate art with emerging technologies.

Rodriguez is co-editor of Reproduce and Revolt! with internationally renowned stencil artist and art critic Josh MacPhee (Soft Skull Press, 2008). A contribution to the Creative Commons, the 200-page book contains more than 600 bold, high-quality black and white illustrations for royalty-free creative use. Her artwork also appears in The Design of Dissent (Rockport Publishers, 2006), Peace Signs: The Anti-War Movement Illustrated (Edition Olms, 2004), and The Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican Art (Bilingual Review Press, 2005).

For more information about Rodriguez or to see her work, visit her website.


Students part of an art class, Design Center, created several eye-catching posters for the main talk and poster design workshop.  Under the direction of Professor Mark DeYoung, the students created 19 posters.  The class selected three posters created by James Clouse, Arial Davis, and James Elkins.  Check out posters created by APSU Design Center by clicking here.


Film screening of Migration is Beautiful followed by discussion on September 23 from 5-6pm in MUC 308

In early January 2013, Rodriguez was profiled in a documentary series called “Voices of Art.”  The episode known as “Migration is Beautiful” which addresses the debate surrounding immigration policy in the United States.  The film will provide a context and a crowd for her keynote.

Please note that this film includes strong language and graphic images pertaining to death.


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Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Favianna Rodriguez: Migration is Beautiful on October 1 from 6-7pm in MUC Ballroom BC

Her presentation will address cultural strategies through artwork and how it relates to immigration and economic justice, related through a Latina and people of color lens. 

Hands on Poster Design Workshop on October 2 from 12-2pm in Trahern Printmaking Lab

Rodriguez will facilitate a two hour hands on workshop where students can learn how to do poster design, and discuss what they need to think about while creating a poster.

SPONSORS: Department of Art, Political Science, Hispanic Cultural Center, Hispanic Alumni Chapter, National Alumni Association


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