Juana Valdés' multi-disciplinary practice combines printmaking, photography, sculpture, performance, and ceramic. Values' artwork examines the post-colonial history of the Americas and the current representation of Latinos, Caribbean citizens, Blacks or what constitute "Other" in mainstream America. She has participated in residencies and exhibited, "much wider than line," part of SITE Santa Fe's ongoing biennial series. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant, New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture, and National Association of Latinos Arts and Culture, Visual Artists Grant. Values holds an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Schools Visual Arts, her BFA in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1995. She was born Cuba, has resided in the United States since 1971 and is currently a Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Her work has been included in group exhibitions at international venues including Site Santa Fe Siteline2016, UNTITLED Art Fair, SCOPE Art Fair, ZONA MACO Contemporary Art Fair, Perez Art Museum Miami, El Museo del Bario, P.S. 1 MOMA Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami), Museum of Latin American Art (CA) Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler (Berlin), the Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey), Galerie Binnen (Amsterdam) and FreeSpace (Sydney). She currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Awards and Accolades
Grants and Fellowships include The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Netherland-American Foundation Cultural Grant, the National Association of Latinos Arts and Culture Visual Artists Grant, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Cuban Artist Fund Grant, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts Joan Mitchell Grant.
Courses Recently Taught
Printmaking: Art 241 Intaglio
Art 244 Lithography 1
Art 341 Intaglio II
Art 347 Digital Media: Silkscreen
Art 243 Monotype: Painterly Print
Art 345 Digital Media.