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Mesa-Gaido, Elizabeth, Professor of Art
Program/Dept: Art and Design
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: M.F.A. Ohio University
Teaching Areas/Areas of Expertise:
preparation and presentation (Capstone)
- Participation in over one hundred exhibitions,
including solo, 2-4 person, and group. Venues include the: Cuban
Museum of Arts and Culture in Miami, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Spaces in Cleveland, Painted Bride Art Center in
Philadelphia, Visual Arts
Center of New Jersey, Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana, Mobile Museum of Art, Kreft Center for the Arts in Ann Arbor, Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Avampato
Discovery Museum in Charleston, Broman
Fine Arts Gallery in Miami, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
- Inclusion in exhibits juried by well known art
professionals, including: art critics, such as the Editor in Chief of American Craft; internationally
prominent artists; the President of the Southwest School of Art & Craft; and curators from the Andy
Warhol Museum of Art, MOMA,
Textile Museum of Canada, Oakland Museum of California, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Whitney
Museum of American Art.
- Images and critical reviews of Mesa-Gaido’s
sculptures published in books, journals, periodicals and newspapers, including In the Land of Mirrors: Cuban Exile
Latino Studies Reader, Art Miami, The Nation, The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, The Miami Herald and The Atlanta Journal.
work consists of 3-dimensional
forms comprised of hand stitched and machine sewn textiles, and inspired by
construction, details and forms in fashion and interior design periodicals.
Mesa-Gaido’s sculptures are intentionally humorous and odd, each embodying an
anthropo- or zoomorphic characteristic.
Honors and Awards:
- The awarding of grants from: Art Matters (Artist Grant) in New York City;
Alternate Roots (Alternate Visions Grant)
in Atlanta, Georgia; the Kentucky
Arts Council (Al Smith Fellowship and
Professional Assistance Award), the
Kentucky Foundation for Women (three Artist
Grants); and MSU (two
Creative Production Awards and a Summer Fellowship).
for Innovation and 3-dimensional work, as well as
recognition through Merit, Festival and Placement Awards for juried exhibited work.
public art commissions: the Lexington
Arts & Cultural Center’s “Horse
Mania” in Lexington; the Carnegie Museum
of Natural History’s “Dinomite
Days” in Pittsburgh; and the Speed Art
Museum’s “Beyond the Walls” exhibit
- Inclusion of sculptures in the nationally juried Women’s Caucus for Art’s “Women of Color Slide Portfolio: Hispanic”
to serve as a juror for the awarding of grants to artists, or the selection of
artists for exhibition.