2014 Carrillo Scholarship Recipients

Museo Eduardo Carrillo is pleased to present the work of the 2014 Carrillo Scholarship Recipients from University of California, Santa Cruz in our online gallery “On View”. The faculty recognized great promise and commitment in these students’ art and selected them for this honor.

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Kristian Talley

Through depicting the human form, I attempt to catalog the tension and harmony apparent between our bodies and the spaces we inhabit, while also striving to involve my viewers through representational acuteness and ambiguity. I hope in the pursuit of honing my own practice and critical eye, I implicate the eyes of others in a resistance to our modern trend of seeing. From our tendency to personify the natural and synthetic landscapes we each create, destroy and inhabit, I hope to illuminate each viewer’s unique and often contradictory condition– as well as the distance one maintains between themselves and the context they habituate.

Ruben Alexander Barron

My artwork is about metamorphoses of the human spirit. Exploring the parallax of space and time, it expresses a deep understanding of mythological epochs juxtaposed in the foreground of an unattainable post-modernity. My work is concerned with the ancient as much as it is inspired by the possibilities of the future, intending to reach for the future with a sense of gratitude and connection with the past.

Jeremy Rathjen

The artwork I create has a strong connection to the environment in which I was raised and the difficult struggles that the diverse majority of people still face every day in my hometown of Stockton, California. After Stockton was crowned by Forbes “The Most Miserable City in the United States” twice, my eyes were opened to the obvious misery on every passing face. I am interested in translating all emotions that relate to “misery” into at times easily digestible yet often deeply conceptual mechanical reproductions through any and every print making process, alongside more tactile mixed-media pieces incorporating photography, painting, sculpture, collage, and assemblage.

Lulu Zilinskas

I feel you can conjure up the plainness of emotion with almost nothing at all. Following intuitive motion, my work has a handmade or sketchy quality. In graphic novel style, I utilize simple lines and shapes to command attention with understated power.

Gloria ‘Shile’ Cifuentes

After many years of doing small paintings I was introduced to murals in Gavilan College in 2006.

My interest has changed; I put aside my personal work and now dedicate myself to giving back to my community, and to bringing back arts to schools.

Jennifer Macias

I have always loved drawing; however there is something about printmaking that I have not been able to experience with any other art medium. With printmaking not only am I a printmaker, I am also an illustrator, a sculptor, a painter, an athlete, and even a chemist. It amazes me where I am now and where I have yet to go, and I owe it all to my humble beginnings in drawing.

Louise Couzens

My interest as an artist is tied in closely with my curiosities of the individual, and the inner and outer working of the Self.  In my work I strive to show the person as they truly are, stripped of all social contexts and material objects so that whether they be proud or angry, they are simply seen as human.  I have found that my explorations work best in layers, and so my pieces are usually a culmination of many different creations combined into one piece, just as I feel the complex human being is.

Joanne Wang

I fully immerse myself in the processes of playing, manipulating, accumulating, morphing, deconstructing, and building. I create visually tactile installations and sculptures that are jarringly uncomfortable when finished yet still represent familiar, biomorphic forms. My work incorporates calming, organic forms that have unsettling undertones due to the minuscule details of excess and reverberation throughout the surfaces. Each piece evolves through extensive processes of repetition and experimentation with multiples and found materials of various textures. These processes are representative of the prolonged natural, physical, and chemical processes that our planet and its inhabitants undergo—mutations, formations, death, erosion, evolution, growth, and decay.

Jesus Zuniga

I am interested in the mind and body’s markers of lived experience. My mixed-media work portrays my mind and body as merged landscapes processed by my own perceptions of those experiences. It is exciting to know that, when under enough pressure, these bodily tectonics will reveal their limits and potential for growth.

Jessica O’Handley

My practice tends to focus on the exploration of color and how it triggers a response to the viewer. Most of my work is about social interaction and exchange while exploring individuality.

Richard Vallejos

My artwork takes a critical look at the constantly deepening relationship between culture and information technology. In order to pose questions about how we understand the world through the framing of technology, I examine concepts related to computation, such as, user-interface design, gamification, big data, and simulation. In recent projects, these themes are explored in interactive, sculptural installations that feature data-shaped tensile structures, constructed using folk building techniques

Jaysie Yu

My fascination with pop art, fashion, and food has such a relationship with each other that can easily be both aesthetically pleasing yet deceptively pointless. I find a lot of humor and light-heartedness in my work and I want my audience to feel the same. With bold colors and patterns, differently textured fabrics, and a whimsical theme of food, my work directs to different eras and evokes the feeling of nostalgia along with a hint of the munchies.

Jordan Goldfine-Middleton

I believe that we humans draw meaning out of a hollow space that surrounds all of us. My abstract paintings often begin with a layer of black gesso to illustrate the process of searching and building that we go through in constructing our own meaning. Some of my work in this vein references the lights of bio-luminescent deep-sea animals, creatures who literally construct their own guiding light in a black and shapeless environment.”

Giovanna Martinez

My artwork analyzes the social standards that have been defined for women of today’s society in order to educate them about a lesser-known space using the ideals of a woman of color. I am drawn to the subject of women and their space in society because as a Hispanic woman, I have observed that there is no space to represent me as something other than fetish or sub parity. I explore the themes of fat shaming, fashion bias, and unrealistic depictions of the female body

2014 Carrillo Scholarship Recipients Gallery

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Mary Holmes Festival: April 17 – June 5, 2014

Mary Holmes and Eduardo Carrillo were joined by a deep love of painting and the exploration and discovery it afforded them.

You will get to know Mary from this fantastic series of events held at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  You can learn more about their friendship at

Alison Carrillo on Mary Holmes: Mary Holmes was a gorgeous, long-legged painter, teacher and mother who loved men even more than she loved horses. She was forty five, smarter than most, outspoken, iconoclastic, with a quick eye for what mattered: painting.

Read more of Alison Carrillo on Mary Holmes at our website


"On View" now online at the Museo Eduardo Carrillo Gallery

The 2013 Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship Recipients are “On View”.

Museo Eduardo Carrillo introduces the launch of our on line gallery  “On View” by presenting the 2013 Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship Recipients from The University of California, Santa Cruz.

These young artists have been recognized by University of California, Santa Cruz faculty as exhibiting exceptional talent in and commitment to their artwork.

Eduardo Carrillo was an influential Professor of Art at University of California, Santa Cruz from 1972-1997. He taught courses such as drawing and easel painting and offered unique classes in group mural painting, fresco techniques and  native earth pottery intensives.  His art history classes brought new focus on the arts from Meso America from ancient through current times.

Heidi Cramer

I am intrigued by the dramatic changes that all living things are capable of undergoing, both physically and mentally. I aim to represent the transition, from a state of being to another, using 3 dimensional sculpture.  To represent change, I manipulate the material and transform how it is received by the audience. By changing soft lace into a stiff material, or making shopping bags into a substance that can be molded and sewn, I build works of art that encourage participants to manifest the moment of transformation within themselves.



Michelle Spetner

My work examines the way in which objects reflect and determine culture and memory. I am interested in nostalgia, and why objects transform perception and shape the way in which past experiences and places are remembered. Particular objects evoke nostalgia, and by identifying those that attract me, I draw the viewer into the constellations of my personal iconography.


Colin Schildhauer

I enjoy interpreting the beautiful landscapes of coastal California, which I paint on location en plein air. I work with both oils and acrylics for my landscapes.

I also depict scenes reflecting my inner thoughts.  These often involve environmental themes, registering my concerns about man’s impact on, and involvement with nature; including our relationships with animals, particularly the dynamic between fertility (creation) and consumption (destruction) of living organisms, inclusive of mankind.

This triptych scrutinizes the conservation of our depleting natural resources. My goal as an artist is to record through my paint brush scenes that incite imagination and environmental awareness.



Sally Su

I I’m a creative, adventurous person, and I try to reflect that in my art and philosophies. I aspire to merge art and the interactive nature of gaming to tell stories that inspire, awe, and most importantly, offer a different perspective of our world philosophically and visually.

My greatest inspirations are Pixar, Hiyao Miyazaki, Noah Bradley and Feng Zhu.

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Patrick Appleby

My paintings are concerned with the human body and its relation to or absence from mediated images that create, alter, and replace memory and sensory perception. Grappling with the immaterial form of light as well as the photographs that enhance and substitute my vision, each brushstroke acts as a material recording of my existence that carries along with it the inherent distortions and expressions that emerge naturally in painting.


2013 Eduardo Scholarship Recipients

The Carrillo Scholarship was set up in honor of Art Professor Emeritus Eduardo Carrillo, who taught at UCSC until 1997. Scholarships support student art projects in the areas of sculpture, drawing, and painting.

This years recipients:

Patrick Appleby
Karla Barahona
Ross Chambers
Cheyanne Epps
Nat Fisher
Kendall Fong
Lynn Jackson
McKenzie Laird
Patricia Ledezma
Kelsey Middlebrook
Dalynna Olmos
Jose Rodriguez
Colin Schildhauer
Alick Shiu
April Smith
Michelle Spetner
Sally Su
Helen Sylvia

Museo Eduardo Carrillo awarded $50,000 to complete documentary

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Contact: Betsy Andersen 831 239-9411

Museo Eduardo Carrillo was granted $50,000 toward the completion of the documentary Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement. Awarding the grant, Peter Mithoefer of the Robert T. Keeler Foundation said, “We look forward to the realization of this tribute to Ed’s inspiring life and work.”

Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement will underscore Carrillo’s connection to his roots in San Ignacio, Baja California.  As the cultural environment of the 1960s affected global perspectives, it also deepened Eduardo’s understanding of his place in the world.

Pedro Pablo Celedon, the renowned Chilean filmmaker of Barefoot Productions in Hollywood, CA, has been part of the project since inception.  He shares “I’m very, very happy and proud to be part of this project.”  Please view our promotional short: (

Professor Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, the Julian Samora Chair of Latino Studies and the Director of the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana comments, “Eduardo was a true pioneer.  He exhibited his art and was recognized in the early 1960s. That was so early for a Mexican-American to gain recognition.” Ralph D’Oliveira, co-founder of the Tortuga Patrol mural project in Watsonville, CA, states, “He was always just ahead of his time in terms of his art view. He didn’t believe you built fences to get ahead—you opened up fences, you opened up doors.”

While Eduardo was earning his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, the arts of Mexico were missing from the curriculum.  As he began his teaching career at UC Santa Cruz in 1972, he addressed the need by developing culturally relevant classes for an increasingly diverse student population.   He taught at UCSC for 25 years until his death in 1997.

Our film will trace Eduardo’s discovery of his Mexican heritage in Baja California, Mexico.  The simplicity of life, the beauty of the land, and the authenticity of the people drew him back again and again.

In 1966, Eduardo and his young family relocated to La Paz, his ancestral homes, and founded El Centro de Arte Regional, a school for the revival of regional crafts.  During the 1970’s he took a group of students to a remote tribe of Tarahumara Indians in the mountains of Chihuahua.  The travelers were introduced to the tribal ways: drinking potent brews, running for miles, and stylized fighting in ritualistic games.  The blend of Christianity and the magic of indigenous rituals fueled Carrillo’s imagination and was expressed in his paintings and murals.   In 1981, he started building a studio on a hillside above San Ignacio, his maternal homeland in central Baja.  From then on he returned several times a year to paint, to explore ancient cave paintings, and to renew family bonds.

Eduardo’s evolving relationship to his ancestral homeland exerted its influence on his art.  It was a geographical connection, a familial bond and, beyond that, it was a spiritual relationship that evolved over many decades.  This story will be told in our film.

For more information please contact:

Betsy Andersen    Director
Museo Eduardo Carrillo
831 239-9411       Visit

Congratulations to the Eduardo Carrillo Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The Carrillo Scholarship was set up in honor of Art Professor Emeritus Eduardo Carrillo, who taught at UCSC until 1997. Scholarships support student art projects in the areas of sculpture, drawing, and painting.

This years recipients:

Ramille Bagguio
Karla Barahona
Pariesa Halterman
Hanna Henderson
David Huynh
McKenzie Laird
Miguel Libarnes
Katelynn Mills
Christian Moore
Oscar Moreno
Jordan Paddock
Michelle Spetner
Helen Sylvia
Ayla Thurmond
Morgan True
Michelle Truong
Oliver Whitcroft
Kate Willard

Master restorer James Pennuto, brings "Sacrifice of the Head and Heart" back to life

Master restorer James Pennuto, brings the painting “Sacrifice of the Heart and Heart” back to life.  This master work by Eduardo Carrillo was painted in the 80’s.   It came on the heels of a decade of large scale murals and commissions.  In Los Angeles, the mural El Grito still stands across from Union Station and only steps away from the new Siquieros Interpretive Center.