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Let’s Talk! Art as a Form of Activism : Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
September 23, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Price: $5 Members | $10 General | $5 Zoom ticket
Why is art an important form of activism? Find out with Imna Arroyo and Duvian Montoya as they discuss how their artworks have called attention to “women’s energy”, Latin American identity, and immigration. Students from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury will also talk about their own protest art from the project, Art as Protest, created by Angélica Huertas. Join the conversation with Arroyo, Montoya, and the students from BGC by asking questions and commenting on why art is an important form of activism.
This is the first of five programs celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
VIRTUAL OPTION: You can also watch this discussion virtually by purchasing a Zoom ticket through our registration form.
Support provided by Connecticut Humanities and Drew International.
Imna Arroyo was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico. She studied at La Escuela de Artes Plasticas del Instituto de Cultura in San Juan, Puerto Rico and obtained her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and her MFA from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She has also studied at other printmaking techniques at the Tamarind Institute, New York University Printmaking Studio, the University of Guanajuato, in Mexico and Non-toxic Printmaking Methods at the Canadian School for Non-Toxic Printmaking, Summer International Printmaking Workshop, Grande Prairie Regional College, Alberta, Canada. Her work is also in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art Library/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, Yale Art Gallery and Schomberg Center for Research and Black Culture.
She is currently a Professor of Art at Eastern Connecticut State University where she chaired the Visual Arts Department. Imna Arroyo has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including several professional development grants. She received the title of 2010 Connecticut State University Professor and the 2007 the honorary title of Chief Imna Arroyo/Chief Yeye Agboola of Ido Osun, (Chief Mother of the Garden of Honor) in recognition of selfless service to the upliftment of Ido-Osun Kingdom conferred by his Royal Majesty Aderemi Adeen Adeniyi-Adedapo, Ido-Osun, Nigeria, West Africa. She also received in 2000 Excellence Award, in Recognition of Excellence in Creative and Scholarship Activity from Eastern and the 2003 Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award, in recognition of achievements and dedication to public service. The award is under the auspices of the United Nations Association of the USA (Connecticut, Southwestern Chapter) and UNIFEM-Connecticut, members of the CT.
Duvian Montoya’s early work has been described as “magical realism,” perhaps in part owing to the influence of author, and fellow Colombian, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pieces from this time period focused on themes of immigration, Latin American identity in the U.S., and displacement.
In his current phase, Montoya has moved away from the intense stylization that characterized his early work. Newer pieces have an increased focus on technical skill and detailed imagery. His scenes are culled from some of the most banal moments in our everyday life. This quietness allows Montoya to make surprising choices and subtle statements about the way we live our lives today.
Montoya’s work is actively collected by both public and private institutions, including the city of Norwalk, the city of New Haven, the Mattatuck Museum, Disney and Gulfstream Worldwide.