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Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido currently teaches 3-Dimensional Foundations, Visual Art Capstone, and individual studies courses for Morehead State University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.F.A. degree from Ohio University. Mesa-Gaido's creative work encompasses two- and three-dimensional media, diverse and innovative use of materials, and inter- or cross-disciplinary connections.
Mesa-Gaido's artwork has been recognized and supported consistently with numerous grants, fellowships, and awards. Prestigious granting organizations include: Art Matters in New York City; Alternate Roots in Atlanta
the Kentucky Arts Council, both an
Al Smith Fellowship
Professional Assistance Award
; and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, with three
Artist Enrichment Grants
. During her tenure in the Department of Art and Design, she received two
Creative Production Grants
, and the
Distinguished Creative Productions Award
from Morehead State University.
An actively exhibiting artist, Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido has participated in exhibitions for over two decades, including one person, international to regional juried, and invitational. Her pieces have been presented at reputable venues, such as the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Spaces, Indianapolis Art Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Three Rivers Arts Festival, The Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, Mexic-Arte Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Speed Art Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, Avampato Discovery Museum, Cleveland State University, the University of Kentucky, and Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, Mesa-Gaido has created three public art commissions for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council.
Images and/or critical reviews of Mesa-Gaido's work have been published in books, journals, periodicals and newspapers, including:
In the Land of Mirrors: Cuban Exile Politics
(University of Michigan);
The Latino Studies Reader: Culture, Politics and
Society (Oxford: Blackwell);
Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Philosophy, Psychology and the Arts
(Pittsburgh: Duquesne University);
(Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh);
(The Women's Caucus for Art);
Surface Design Journal: Latin American Fibers Issue
(Surface Design Association, Fall 2013);
Dinosaurs of Distinction
(Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Natural History);
The Nation, New Art Examiner, ART PAPERS
The Miami Herald.
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