A New Chapter: Art by Recent University and College Graduates

The time post graduation after earning a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts often is followed with the question, “What Next?”

How do we blend studio practice with practical needs like making a living supporting oneself and maybe a family.

This work reflects the time of transition right before or just after leaving school.

The artists are Jorge Gomez-Gonzalez, Jennifer Ortiz, Natalie Jauregui Ortiz and Karina Tavares Perez from University of California, Santa Cruz,  Narsiso Martinez from California State University, Long Beach, and Ysabel Martinez from the Cafritz Art Center at Montgomery College, Silver Springs, Maryland.

We have also featured these artists in our Hablamos Juntos series of broadsides. The 11 x 17 posters are available for downloads, along with text of interviews with each artist.

Keep an eye out for the work by these artists- you will see more of it in the ensuing years- I’m sure of it.

6 thoughts on “A New Chapter: Art by Recent University and College Graduates

  1. I chose Ysabel Martinez’s work of art because it reminded me of the dreams I had as a child not exactly but just how my dreams never have color. The piece that caught my attention the most is the one with a smile. It all seems like a quick dream that’ll vanish within five minutes but she had captured it. I like how only one is colorful like a mural on Mission in San Francisco. I even like the shading on the first one looks like it brings out what’s happening like something running.

  2. I chose “Valiente”, watercolor and woodblock print, 22*30, 2018 because it reminded me of Mexican rancheros in a typical day. What attracted me about the art was the cactus in front of the woodblock. It also reminded me where I live there’s a few cactus in the area. The distance between the woman and men on the background brings the focus on them. The few colors used in the woodblock makes the colors pop and the title Valiente goes with the art because it means brave.

  3. The art piece I chose that really caught my attention was Jennifer Ortiz’s “Recuerda tus Raices.” The piece is embroiled inject print on 100% Belgian linen. I selected this work because I was drawn to the way the woman is holding her dress, and how it’s a dark figure like her own shadow. It seems as if this woman is about to dance to a traditional Mexican dance. The translation of the title is, “remember your roots.” In our present day, especially Latinos, are constantly being attacked for looking a certain way and being who they are. This art piece showed that you should remember where you come from and be proud of those roots. Ancestors before you sacrificed a lot for all of us to be where we are today. It’s time to celebrate cultural diversity and individuality.

  4. The art piece that I chose for Slow Art Day was “Sunday Morning” by Narsiso Martinez. Before reading the description on the bottom I tried to focus on what it was made of and what story it’s telling. I appreciated the details throughout the whole piece. I saw a hard working man out on the fields on a hot day. He looked exhausted but thats how he makes his living. I really like how this piece not only tells a story through the acrylic, gouache, and charcoal used but how its made on an actual asparagus box. I feel that makes it very authentic, real, and tells the story of field workers while showing the harsh reality and appreciation of the field workers. The colors used in this art piece too shows its a hot day but the farm workers are still working hard. The subject of the artwork is an embracement and reminder of where many of the food we ate comes from. It comes from hard working people who work long hours and get paid so little just to get food that we take for granted on to the table.I identify with this piece in particular because I took it as a learning experience. I think this is a reminder of how we need to be more appreciative of the food we eat and how it gets to our table.

  5. The piece I chose for Slow Art Day was “Yo Soy Amanda Miguel” inkjet print, 44” x 70 by Jorge Gonzalez. This piece first stood out to me because of the look on the face of the person and how emotional the photo looked. Later i read in his interview that emotion is a huge part of his photography as he grew up feeling isolated, and misunderstood, being gay in his Mexican culture. He said that his intent of his work is to “create more representation for the brown queer population
    which I feel is lacking in our society, especially in the arts.” It seems that Jorge mainly uses photography as his medium for art and tends to involve makeup, costume, and dramatic set design. I can identify with this piece because i am also apart of the LGBTQ community and am inspired to hear and see other stories and walks of life.

  6. I chose the art piece “Soy maz de lo que vez” by Jennifer Ortiz because this art piece to me shows strength. This art piece name translated in English is “I am more than what you see”. Showing that she has a lot more to her than what catches the eye. This painting shows that she is strong and she stands tall for what she believes in and for what she believes is right. One thing that really attracted me was the red lipstick, it sticks out to me. I identify with this because the girl in the art piece is a Latina who stands with pride and who is happy with who she is and is happy with where she comes from.

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