About the artist
Beatriz Vasquez is a visual ARTIVIST, whose work experiments with the conceptual use of Papel Picado, a Mexican Folk Art. With the manipulation of paper materials she transforms layers of intricate cut paper into murals, wearable sculptures, and large scale installations. Her work focuses on her Mexican-American ancestry, cultural memory, border culture, and current social issues on immigration and human rights. In 2006, Vasquez received her BFA from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design.
Beatriz has recently collaborated with the Indiana State Museum on Cause and AEffect: Art that Speaks Out; a collaborative exhibition focused on the invisibility of migrant workers to advocate for health and safety for all workers during the pandemic with the California Domestic Workers Coalition; and the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ El Tendedero Project where Vasquez featured her paper installations Stop the Violence against Women and Children and NO Means NO! to bring awareness of sexual violence and abuse.
Vasquez is a fellow of:
- U.S Arts in Embassies under Ambassador Maria Brewer in Sierra Leone, Africa
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Root Division in San Francisco, CA
- Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)
- The National Latino Association of Art and Culture
- IUPUI Arts & Humanities
In addition, she is a recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Grant, DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, and a member of the Create Indy Advisory Council for the city of Indianapolis. Beatriz joined the Arts for Learning Roster in February 2021 and is one of six Indianapolis artists participating in our, third space project.