April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014 Tamarind Institute and the Latin American and Iberian Institute of UNM hosted artist Monica Nador who spoke about her career as an artist living and working in a low income neighborhood on the periphery of São Paulo, Brazil.

Funded by a grant from the City of Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, Nador was invited to Tamarind to offer a workshop for students participating in Working Classroom’s visual arts after school program. Assisted by Tamarind students, Working Classroom’s students created lithographs, and stenciled banners that will be hung in the two-story front window of Tamarind’s new, high-profile building facing Central Avenue in the middle of the city’s Cultural Corridor.

In Brazil, Nador works closely with the community to create murals on the houses and walls in the neighborhood. She typically uses stencils for these large scale works. In 2013, the clothing-line Anthropologie used her vivid designs and colors to create a line of beach towels, swim-wear and wallpaper.

Tamarind Institute is an internationally recognized fine art lithography workshop affiliated with the College of Fine Arts of the University of New Mexico.  The institute preserves and promotes lithography through education, research, exhibitions, and artist residencies, and is credited with expanding the accessibility to and popularity of printmaking among contemporary artists around the world. Tamarind frequently sponsors programs with diverse populations, locally and internationally, benefitting University, Albuquerque, and New Mexico constituencies. Tamarind welcomes this community involvement and believes that it will be a meaningful project for the participants and audiences. 

Working Classroom is an art and education organization dedicated to making visual art and theater experiences accessible to low and moderate-income students from historically ignored communities. For twenty-four years, WC has offered a variety of successful programs related to professional development, at the core of their educational philosophy. Programs such as visual art workshops, mentoring, cultural excursions, academic tutoring and college scholarships have transformed the lives of ambitious, but underserved youth.

Designated a National Resource Center (NRC) by the U.S. Department of Education, the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) offers academic degrees, supports research, and provides development opportunities for faculty. In addition to the Latin American Studies degrees offered, the LAII supports Latin American studies in departments and professional schools across campus by awarding student fellowships and providing funds for faculty and curriculum development.  The LAII also coordinates a wide array of outreach initiatives to reach diverse constituents.  For nearly thirty years, the LAII has contributed to expanding awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Latin America and Iberia within and beyond UNM.

Lithographs created during Monica's visit are available online