Blanka Amezkua

www.blankaamezkua.com


Solo

2016
blank(A)expressions : 20 year retrospective + 20 local businesses + 20 creative collaborators in Athens, Greece
2014
Figuras del alma at Art Zone 42; Athens, Greece
2012
fLiP fLoPs & hEeLs! at Art Base curated by Vassiliki Athena Vayenou; Brussels, Belgium
2010
Dialects v. 3: Interminable Recurrence in My Mind at Bronx River Art Center curated by Jose Ruiz; Bronx, NY
2009
Mala Moska at Vertexlist curated by Charles Beronio; Brooklyn, NY
Por fin! (At last!) at El Taller Boricua curated by Marcos Dimas and Christine Licata; New York, NY
2008
Interminable Reccurence In My Mind at Bronx Blue Bedroom Project; Bronx, NY
2006
Mistaken Zygote at Studio Gallery 88 curated by Barbara Beck; New York, NY
2005
Mexotika Manga at NY Artificial; New York, NY
2001
AJA: Asphalt Jungle Assemblages at Sacramento State University, Student Union Gallery; Sacramento, CA


Group

2015
Women's Work: Masculinity and Gender in Contemporary Fiber Art; curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella; at San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
CUT N' MIX: Contemporary Collage; curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado; at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
2014
Δες at BOOZE Cooperativa, Athens, Greece
2013
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art at Salina Art Center of Salina, Kansas
superHUMAN; curated by Jorge Rojas and David Hawkins; at Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
2012
More Female than Ever at Follow Your Art; Kythira, Greece
2011
THE PET CITY EXHIBITION at Melanithros; Athens, Greece.  Curated by Vassiliki Athena Vayenou
sExplosion: Penis & Vagina Relationships in the Contemporary Visual Arts at Booze Cooperativa; Athens, Greece.  Curated by Megakles Rogakos
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art at The Pennsylvania State University: Robeson Galleries.  Curated by Dr. Martin Rosenberg and Dr. J. Susan Isaacs
Athens Art Week, 3///3...three walls on Wednesdays... collaborates with Against All Odds Project (AAO) curated by Lina Stergiou; Athens, Greece
Art eXXhibition : "Not female at all" at Χοροστάσιον curated by Vassiliki Athena Vayenou; Athens, Greece
New York Fiber in the 21st Century at Lehman College Art Gallery curated by Dr. Sandra Sider; Bronx, NY
The Book : A Contemporary View at Towson University curated by Susan Isaacs; Towson, MD
2010
Cinco στην Αθήνα at συν; Athens, Greece
The Book : A Contemporary View at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) curated by Susan Isaacs; Wilmington, DE
Alternative Histories at Exit Art curated by Herb Tam; New York, NY
Greater New York, 5 Year Review at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Long Island City, NY
Weaving In & Out organized by No Longer Empty; curated by Jodie Dinapoli, Ella Levitt and Manon Slome, and Trinidad Fombella; New York, NY
CONVERSIONs: One-Night Stands Festival at Bronx Art Space curated by Melissa A. Calderon, South Bronx, NY
A Complex Weave at Towson University curated by Marty Rosenberg and Susan Isaacs; Towson, MD
2009
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art at Stedman Gallery curated by Marty Rosenberg and Susan Isaacs; Rutgers University, NJ
There Goes My Hero at The Center for Book Arts curated by Erin Riley-Lopez; New York, NY
Two to dominate at Y Gallery curated by Cecilia Jurado; Queens, NY
2008
Espada de Doble Filo (Double Edged Sword): Contemporary Latina Artists from California and New York at Arte Americas, curated by Abelino Bautista and Blanka Amezkua; Fresno, CA
Unusual Twist : Artists Knit, Embroider, Crochet at The Spencertown Academy, curated by Gwenn Mayers; Spencertown, NY
Colorin Colorado at Praxis International Art; New York, NY
AIM 28: How soon is Now? at The Bronx Museum of the Arts organized by Erin Riley-Lopez; Bronx, NY
The Commons -- a place in place of the place, curated by Libertad Guerra; Bronx, NY
Entrée... Home is where the art is : 20+ Contemporary artists transform an upper west side apartment curated by Krista Saunders;  New York, NY
What a Woman Wants? at Proyecto X curated by Cecilia Nuin;  San Francisco, CA
2007
El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 007 at El Museo del Barrio curated by Elvis Fuentes and E. Carmen Ramos; New York, NY
BX1: The Second Bronx Biennale at Longwood Art Gallery curated by Edwin Ramoran; Bronx, NY
Made in the MFTA at The Henry De Ford III Gallery curated by Robert Bangiola; Long Island City, New York
Material Culture at Longwood Art Gallery curated by Lisa Curran and Juanita Lanzo; Bronx, NY
Fronteras Que Se Bifurcan at Museo La Casona John Spencer; Cuernavaca, Mexico
2006
Queens International '06: Everything All at Once at Queens Museum organized by Herb Tam and Jaishri Abichandani; Queens, NY
Carolina Caycedo's La Niña at Art Basel Miami; Miami, FL
Threading Trends at Galeria Galou; Williamsburg, NY
Tactica y Estrategia: Solo Mujeres at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts curated by Cecilia Nuin; San Francisco, CA
2005
3rd Annual Erotic Show at The Shooting Gallery curated by Justin Giarla; San Francisco, CA
First Chicana/o Biennial at MACLA, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana curated by Anjee Helstrup; San Jose, CA


Awards

Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund 2009 : (Bronx Blue Bedroom Project)
The Bronx Museum of the Arts: AIM 28 (Artist in the Marketplace)
Bronx Council On The Arts: BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own 2007)


Bibliography

Heartney, Eleanor,  "Pow! Sok! She's back!", ART NEWS, 2015.
Georgiou, Alkisti,  "Figuras del Alma", LIFO, 2014.
Davson, Victor,  "SuperHUMAN", The International Review of African American Art (IRAAA), 2013.
Pavlaki, Despina,  "Tearing Down the Walls", Athens News, 2012.
Amezkua, Blanka,  "State of Creative Emergency", HuffPost Arts, 2012.
Stergiou, Lina, (ed.).  "Athens Here and Now - Blanka Amezkua: 3///3 ...three walls on wednesdays...", Against All Odds Project (AAO) - Ethics/Aesthetics, June, 2011.
Carlin, T.J.  "Arty Party - Bronx Blue Bedroom Project", TimeOut New York, December 4-10, 2008.
Watson, Bruce.  "Need more money? Turn your bedroom into an art gallery", WalletPop Blog, November 20, 2008.
Samuels, Tanyanika.  "Artist's bedroom has views, not snooze", Daily News, October 28, 2008.
Leon Bernal, Oscar.  "Blanka Amezkua: Abriendo Espacios", Indie Rocks!, September, 2008.
Bello, Milagros.  "How Soon Is Now? AIM 28th Annual Exhibition. Bronx Museum, New York", Wynwood-The Art Magazine, Summer, 2008.
Smith, Roberta.  "Emerging Artists" & "Artists Leap Into the Moment", The New York Times, July 25, 2008.
Lupinacci, Heloisa.  "Museu faz viajante sair de Nova York por um dia", Folha de Sao Paulo, June 19, 2008.
Jansen, Nicole.  "The Bronx's Museum: How Soon is Now?", Latin Week NY, June 12, 2008.
Nepal, Indu.  "Bronx artist's gallery is home sweet home", The Bronx Beat, April 5, 2008.
Lyons, Jessica.  "Art Made from Recycled Materials", The Queens Courier, January 25, 2008.
Treymayne, Wendy.  "Plastik Wev: A plastic journey in the web of public space", Craft Magazine, Volume 4 (Summer 2007).
Lowenstein, Kate.  "Queens International: Everything all at once", Time Out New York, Issue 589: January 11, 2007.
Manley, Jennifer.   "qboro: Day Tripping at 'Queens International'", The Queens Courier, October 19, 2006.


Film / TV

2009
"Bronx Blue Bedroom Project" : Lugar InComum (TV show), 2009; Brazil.
2008
"Trolley in the Bronx Let Tourist View Art" : WNBC-Newschannel 4 at 11pm, October 1, 2008; New York.
"12 Artistas En Una Habitacion (12 Artists In A Bedroom)": NCI: Noticias Culturales Iberoamericanas (Iberoamerican Cultural News); HITN, April 28, 2008; New York.
"Bronx Blue Bedroom Project" : Bronx 12, March 1, 2008; Bronx, New York.
2007
"ARTERIA" : Channel 22, October 2, 2007; Mexico City, Mexico.
1997
"A la Medida (Custom Made)" : Art Director with Silvia Sagahun for the 16mm color narrative, 17 minutes; English/ Spanish; directed by Lisset Barcellos.


Talks

2010
"A Complex Weave, Women and Identity in Contemporary Art Symposium":  Keynote speaker Eleanor Heartney.  Artist presentation.  Chaired by Dr. Martin Rosenberg and Dr. J Susan Isaacs; April 9; Towson, MD.
2009
"A Complex Weave, Women and Identity in Contemporary Art Symposium":  Keynote speaker Eleanor Heartney.  Artist presentation.  Chaired by Dr. Martin Rosenberg and Dr. J Susan Isaacs; October 9; Camden, NJ.
"NACCS 2009 Conference.  Contemporary Art: Artistas Neoyorquinos":  Chaired by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado; April 11; New Brunswick, NJ.
2008
"Art and Culture in the Outer Boroughs":  Organized by ELNYA; moderated by Melissa Gilliam; September 25 at Galapagos Art Space, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY.


Books and Catalogues

"Alternative Histories",  Exit Art, NY 2012
"sExplosion: Penis & Vagina Relationships in the Contemporary Arts",  Booze Cooperativa, Athens 2011
"Taking AIM! : The Business of Being an Artist Today",  NY 2011
"Against All Odds Project: Ethics/Aesthetics",  Athens 2011
"The Book: a contemporary view, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts",  2011
"There Goes My Hero", The Center for Book Arts, NY 2009
"L’altra Penelope: Antoligia di Scrittrici di Lingua Spagnola", a cura di Brigidina Gentile, 2009
"A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art", 2008
"AIM 28", Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY 2008
"The S-Files", El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007
"Queens International", Queens Museum of Art, NY 2006
"Tactics and Strategies", Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco 2006

Other

"Fo Kia Nou 24/7":  Originator; a creative and dynamic project space for the arts, music, workshops, food, dialogue, residencies, and gatherings in the heart of Athens; launched in 2014.
"8 to 8: State of Creative Emergency":  Originator; an initiative shaped by Blanka Amezkua, where creative minds are invited to construct and realize a unique project and execute it for 12 hours straight (8am. to 8pm.) while encouraging public participation; launched in 2012; Athens, Greece.
"3///3...three walls on wednesdays...":  Originator; mobile, collaborative art project in Athens; launched in September, 2010.
Piñatas Ludens Fest:  One-day event, piñatas created by 10 different artists at Ludens Labs, Athens Greece, May 2011.
"Rompe Puesto":  One day event, piñatas created by 24 artists at Bronx River Art Center co-curated with artist Ronny Quevedo, January 2010.
"Bronx Blue Bedroom Project":  Originator; alternative art space in my bedroom, launched in March, 2008.
"Los Caminos A Mi Corazon (The Roads To My Heart)""Flores (Flowers)":  Artist led workshops using materials such as felt, silk flowers, plastic straws, at Queens Museum, New York; April / May 2008.
"Poetic Justice":  Project assistant to contemporary Cuban artist Tania Bruguera; tea bag piece, at the San Francisco Art Institute; Spring 2002.
Swap-o-rama-rama:  Seasonal clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in NYC: "How to alter your tee-shirts" workshop Oct. 2005.  DIY workshops Feb., Oct. 2006 and Apr. 2007.  Artist led workshop Earth Day at NYU, April 2008.
P.S.1 MOMA Summer Celebration:  Artist led workshop, July 30, 2006.
Art educator in New York City's Nativity middle schools from 2005 - 2009.


Education

1997-1998
International Student Exchange Program, CSU; Accademia di Belle Arti, Scuola Libera del Nudo; Florence, Italy
1989-1993
California State University Fresno: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fresno, CA