Artist talk with Rogers Art Loft Artist-in-Residence: Rodrigo Lara Zendejas
This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Born in Mexico in 1981, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas received his MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013 and his BFA from the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico in 2003. "As a Mexican immigrant in the United States, my works often rely on my own fragmented memories and stories of home, my direct experiences with fervent Catholicism, and the Others’ heroic (yet common) anecdotes of border crossings and acclimating to living in America," says Rodrigo Lara Zendejas in his artist statement. "However, while my memories and relationships to patriotism, politics, and personal background, alongside my longing for the familiar, certainly influence my work; it is my interest in the process of becoming, the poetics of the materials, and the act of making that motivates my continued practice."
He has received several awards including: Proyectos Especiales FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) Mexico City; Emerging Artist Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York City; Jóvenes Creadores, FONCA, Mexico City; Extraordinary Abilities Visa, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Art Center; James Nelson Raymond Fellowship, 2013 SAIC Fellowship Competition; PECDA Estudios en el extranjero, Instituto Queretano de la Cultura y las Artes; the International Graduate Scholarship, SAIC; and the John W. Kurtich Travel Scholarship, SAIC Berlin/Kassel, Germany; among others. He won the first price in sculpture at the National Award for Visual Arts in Mexico in 2010. Lara held solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in the state of Mexico, Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Kruger Gallery in Marfa, Texas, among others. He has been in such residencies as the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, Ragdale, and Cross Currents: Cultural Exchange. Currently, Lara lives and works in Chicago. For more information about the artist visit https://www.rodrigo-lara.com/
About the Rogers Art Loft
The Rogers Art Loft is a multi-disciplinary artist residency dedicated to inclusivity, originality, and empowerment of artists. The residency offers artists, both national and international, the opportunity to live and work in Las Vegas for 2 to 8 weeks, depending on their needs and art practices. Our key goals in our support of artists is the opportunity for dialogue, community engagement, and new collaborations. The Rogers Art Loft is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The residency itself is in downtown Las Vegas on Bonneville Avenue near the Arts District, Fremont Experience, Neon Museum, and the Smith Center for Performing Arts. The living space is uniquely situated in The Lucy complex; home to writers-in-residence from Black Mountain Institute, an independent bookstore: Writer’s Block, and other local Las Vegas writers, artists, and entrepreneurs. The Rogers Art Loft is made possible by Rogers Foundation, dedicated to transforming lives through art and education in Southern Nevada. For more information about the Rogers Art Loft visit https://www.rogersartloft.com/
About the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located on the Maryland Parkway campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Believing that everyone deserves access to the arts, the museum offers free entry to a rotating schedule of all-ages events and major exhibitions by local and international artists. Its collection of artworks aims to give southern Nevadans new ways to see the region in which they live. For more information about the Barrick Museum of Art visit www.unlv.edu/barrickmuseum
Directions and Parking
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is easily accessed from the west side of the UNLV campus. Drive east on East Harmon Ave until the road enters the campus and terminates in a parking lot. The Museum will be on your right, next to a desert landscape garden.
Metered parking spaces for visitors can be found in the parking lot outside the Barrick’s entrance, along East Harmon Ave, and in the lot behind the Lied Library. Other metered green zones are available in the Cottage Grove Avenue Parking Garage and parking areas throughout campus. Visitors may park in staff and student spots after 7 p.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m. on Fridays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Metered parking is also free at those times.